Friday, 29 April 2016

Y is for why is there no station for this!

The theme for my A-Z posts this year is London Underground Stations.  I've chosen a station for each letter and at the end of each post I've listed the other stations for that letter with their Wikipedia entries.  I've tried to visit each station and take my own photos.

Well no photo again today because Y is for York Road.  This was the only station I could find that starts with Y.  But it's now closed.  It's near King's Cross and opened in 1906 on what was to become the Piccadilly line.  Because it was in a poor industrial area dwindling passenger numbers saw it withdraw Sunday services in 1918 before finally closing in 1932.

Many London stations have closed or been renamed.  Some of these were demolished or became part of the National Rail services.  Others, such as Aldwych, remain in situ and find other uses.  Aldwych for example is occasionally used for filming.

By my calculations there are 264 underground stations between the following Underground Lines:

Hammersmith & City
Waterloo & City

In addition the Docklands Light Railway has 45 stations.  Many of these interchange with the tube line stations but as the name suggest it's a totally different system that operates independently.

TFL also manages an Overground Network of 111 stations and the TFL Rail line of 14 stations.

All these make it very easy to get around in London and that's before you even consider the famous red buses, a Tramlink in south London and most recently the Emirates Airline Cable Car which connects North Greenwich south of the river Thames to the Royal Docks on the north side.

Oh and that river......that's another transport story! (For another time maybe.)


  1. Been enjoying this---I know, sounding like a broken record...but it is like I am there. Have a beautiful day friend.

  2. Well done! You did find a Y station, even if it has been closed for years. I still enjoyed the history lesson!

  3. Too bad it closed. But I will still consider it your Y post!


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