Brompton Road Station To Re-Open?

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 105 months ago
Brompton Road Station To Re-Open?

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As the Piccadilly line screams from Knightsbridge to South Kensington, bending itself around the dense-packed remains of a plague pit interred in the soil, it passes the tomb of Brompton Road, just one of the many long-closed stations that lie strewn beneath the London streets like the buried playthings of a spoiled child-giant bored with his train set.However, one local lawyer wants to bring Brompton Road back from the great railroad siding in the sky. Adrian Davies is mounting a campaign to convince Kensington & Chelsea council that the station should re-open to the public. He says that the reason it was closed in 1934 — namely, a lack of passenger traffic — is no longer applicable, and that the station could alleviate logjams at Knightsbridge and South Ken.Davies has set himself up a website, though it's a bit threadbare at present, and is encouraging people to join his movement. In his favour is the fact that the station's original building, one of the many fine Piccadilly line designs that Leslie Green bequeathed the capital, is still partially intact; sadly, that scrap of good news is stacked up against the fact that it would be prohibitively expensive to press it back into service. The platforms have long been bricked up, and during the War it was used as an anti-aircraft control centre, then a Territorial Army and Ministry of Defence base. The MoD still own the key to the place, and are unlikely to hand it over easily.Underground History has an excellent report from a 2001 visit to the station, which is probably the closest we'll get to it for now.

Last Updated 04 August 2009

sweek

Absolutely no need for it, and the Piccadilly is already pretty slow through that area.

cobo04

I agree with sweek, it was closed due to lack of passenger numbers and this won't change a lot if it were to re-open. There are a number of closed stations dotted all over London which for were closed for similar reasons (or too close to another station, which didn't seem to apply to Edgware Road??), these are closed and almost forgotten yet we all get around quite well. So don't really see any point of re-opening any.