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Brent Cross tube station

Brent Cross
Brent Cross is located in Greater London
Brent Cross
Location of Brent Cross in Greater London
Location Brent Cross
Local authority London Borough of Barnet
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 2.21 million[1]
2012 2.13 million[1]
2013 2.14 million[1]
2014 2.40 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company London Electric Railway
Key dates
19 November 1923 Opened as Brent
20 July 1976 Renamed Brent Cross
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1401123[2]
Added to list 20 July 2011
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portal

Brent Cross is a London Underground station located on Highfield Avenue in the Golders Green area of north west London. The station is a Grade II listed building.[3]

The station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern line, between Hendon Central and Golders Green stations, and in Travelcard Zone 3. The Brent Cross shopping centre is some distance away. However, the bus route 210 stops outside the station on Highfield Avenue and the bus route 232 stops near the exit of station on Heathfield Gardens.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Development 2
  • References 3
  • Gallery 4
  • External links 5

History

The station was designed by architect Stanley Heaps and opened as Brent, the name of the nearby river, on 19 November 1923.[4][5] It was the first station of the extension of what was then known as the Hampstead & Highgate Line, which was built through undeveloped rural areas to Edgware.

The extension had first been planned prior to World War I when the station had been due to be called Woodstock. It was renamed from Brent to its current name on the 20 July 1976 opening of the shopping centre.

Two passing loops were built at the station, not long after it opened, to allow fast trains to overtake slower ones here, but these extra tracks were removed in the 1930s. The bridges over Highfield Avenue reflect this extra width, although both north and south of the station the alignment narrows again.

Development

A planning application, registered in March 2008, for the nearby Brent Cross area[6][7] would improve bus services passing the station. A turning circle for buses outside the tube station is proposed, needing the demolition of nearby housing.

In early 2008, the London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport published the North and West London Light Railway Proposal (q.v.)[8] for a rapid transit scheme through the Brent Cross site, terminating at the tube station.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  2. ^  
  3. ^ "16 London Underground Stations Listed At Grade II". English Heritage. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  4. ^ London Transport Museum The station just before opening. Note the space for (later) by-pass tracks
  5. ^ London Transport Museum Station building at opening
  6. ^ Developers' website
  7. ^ London Borough of Barnet Regeneration proposals
  8. ^ London Campaign for Better Transport North and West London light railway (NWLLR) / Brent Cross Railway (BCR) plan
  9. ^ London Campaign for Better Transport Response to planning application

Gallery

External links

  • A History of London Tube Maps - 1914 map showing proposed station name as Woodstock
  • London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
    • Site of Brent station, 1922
    • Station Platforms on opening day, 19 November 1923
    • Booking hall, 1923
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Edgware
Northern line
towards Morden or Kennington
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