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06 June 2013 | Maps, Transport | By: Dean Nicholas

Alternative Tube Maps: Ghost Stations On The London Underground

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At first glance, this Tube map looks naked. Where are all the station names? Look closer, though, and you'll see some unfamiliar titles. British Museum. Marlborough Road. Mark Lane. And hang on, is that Southend?

They're all ghost stations, ones that, mostly due to low passenger numbers, have been permanently shuttered. The stations are time capsules from a different era, and exert a strong pull on the imagination; we've visited one, while Ajit Chambers of The Old London Underground Company wants to re-open some of them as event spaces.

Credit for this wonderful piece of ghoulish cartography goes to Dylan Maryk, who plotted the locations on a Google map along with information about when, and why, each was closed, and UsvsTh3m, who turned the results into the Tube diagram above. Thanks to Andy Pick for bringing it to our attention.

Transport for London have a habit of getting these things taken down so it might not be long for this world.

In a similar vein, we're also very impressed by this map of all the ghost stations along with planned Tube extensions that haven't happened (yet).

See also:

What happens to old Tube stations?

More alternative Tube maps

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Sarah

Cool! A shame they didn't include the abandoned Northern Heights line, though.

HoosierSands

The stations at the far west end of the District Line (past Ealing Broadway) are still there and still used-only they're not served by Undergound lines anymore.

Geofftech

I hate to be a pedant (I do, really), but this is using a 2008 map when the East London Line was being converted from Tube to Overground and had replacement bus services on that section - err, why not use the latest version of the map? If you did, you could also add in the disused station that's been missed out here, namely Shoreditch.

MB

Fascinating...if London has a housing/growth problem (9-10 million in the next couple decades) then perhaps the government should consider reopening a few of these. At very least York Rd, considering it'd be next to the massive King's Cross Central development..

Claire Boyles

they certainly do have the potential to make rather amazing venues!

Jordan D

Shame the composite map with disused/not built stations doesn't include the Dagenham Docks DLR proposal.

tyroneshoelaces

As someone who was brought up in Hatch End, I'd like to point out that it's not a 'ghost' station - it's still there serving overground passengers. It's simply that the Bakerloo line no longer goes there. That probably goes for one or two others.

Stuart

There is a ghost station between Hampstead and Golders Green on the Northern Line. It was to be named North End but is known as Bull and Bush. It wasn't completed due to a probable lack of passengers and the great depth to which it would have had to be excavated.

londona729

I'd love to see some reopened or even taken over by new tube lines

Anon

Lord the old underground isnt like i remember. or am i just losing my memrory?

Doug Rose

This is so full of errors, inaccuracise and other nonsense it is not worthy of my time commenting further.