10 Places That Should Have A Tube Station

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 20 months ago
10 Places That Should Have A Tube Station

London's tube network has 270 stations and has 402km of track. Yet there are still large sections of this city that aren't on the tube. Here are 10 places that we reckon would benefit from better transport links. Leave your own suggestions in the comments.

South London...

Obviously. If you live in south London the tube map is enough to incite violence. Look at Wembley: Jubilee, Metropolitan, Bakerloo, Overground and National Rail. Who did you blackmail, Wembley? Sydenham would like to know.

And yet, when you look at the London Connections map, which brings together rail lines alongside the tube, it's clear south London is better served than at first appears. There's still a divide where most trains barely get over the river, however, which is enough to start demanding links to the tube network. So let's get specific:

Old Kent Road

The Bakerloo line can't come soon enough. Extending the tube down to Lewisham will either go via Camberwell or Old Kent Road. There are arguments on both sides; but sorry Camberwell, you can claim Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye if you push.

There's a baffling hole right in zone 2, from Queens Road Peckham to Oval, to Elephant and Castle to South Bermondsey. There's nothing. Old Kent Road's time has surely come.

Old Kent Road. The Bakerloo line can't come soon enough. Photo by Paul Steptoe Riley from the Londonist Flickr pool

Camberwell Cemetery

Dulwich is well served with train stations: see East, West and North Dulwich, and Forest Hill to the east. Yet there's a curious gap around the south circular, centred on Camberwell Cemetery (not actually in Camberwell; again, sorry Camberwell). Let's rectify that.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich

This hospital is appallingly served by public transport. Yes, you can get local buses but it's a royal pain to get to. It's tempting to cry out for an entire line to run between Woolwich and Eltham, but we'll stick to planning for just one station with desperate public transport need.

Richmond Park

It must be strange to live in the middle of Richmond Park. There's a whole ring of train lines encircling the park and Wimbledon Common, but nothing going in between. If you happen to live in, say, Ringwood Gardens, your nearest station is a 40 minute walk away. On the other hand you do have two of London's greatest green spaces on your doorstep, so it's swings and roundabouts.

Photo by roll the dice from the Londonist Flickr pool

King's Road

Moving north of the river... Look, Chelsea, we have to talk. We know some of you don't want Crossrail 2. But those of us who don't live there, and want to come and visit, are fed up with getting off at Sloane Square and trekking down King's Road. How about a nice Circle or District line station instead? Would that be more to your liking? It'd make our lives easier.

Parkway

Another gap between lines appears between the Central as it branches north west to Ruislip, and the train line out to Slough. How about extending the Central line from Ealing Broadway out to The Parkway? We could have a stop where it crosses Greenford Road, too.

Muswell Hill

To the west is the Northern line, to the east is the Piccadilly, with a national rail line into Moorgate. And Muswell Hill sits by itself — on top of a bloody hill which, no, we're not walking up after a hard day at the office. Put a Northern line spur in, maybe close to the site of old Muswell Hill station where Muswell Hill Primary School is today.

North Finchley

Just tidying up loose ends, really. There's East, West and Central but North Finchley, where there's a bus station, has always confused the hell out of us. Where do you catch the damn bus? Why are there two major streets that buses run along? Just put a tube station in and make it all easier.

Claybury Park

Pity those who live and work within the Hainault Loop. The Central line is all around, yet never stopping nearby. Could it not do a little jink and pick up people from the centre?

Last Updated 06 June 2016

Jimmy W

"There's North, West and Central but North Finchley" you mean
East right?

MattFromLondonist

Shout out for Borehamwood. It should be easy enough to add a tube stop here. We already have Walford East, as Eastenders is filmed here, but it's not connected up to the rest of the network.

Fred Smith

I'm not sure how you can look at London transport and conclude that the North and the West need more than the South and the East. Rail comes every 15 min to an hour or more and is not comparable to having a tube service, even if it actually ran reliably, which it patently doesn't.

guidediane

As Tony has said, we have Woodside Park here in North Finchley but maybe they should change the name to avoid confusion! I've always thought that Crouch End would be a good contender for a tube station here in North London.

MrSheen

Sorry...but this is more a line extension than an extra stop.

How about extending the Hammersmith and City line over the river stopping at the junction of Castlenau and Lonsdale Road (perhaps described as 'The Other St Pauls'), then on to the junction with Church Road (handy for the Wetlands Centre), followed by an interchange with Barnes Bridge station and finally Mortlake station (which probably ought to be called Mortlake for East Sheen)

Bliss!

Melvyn Windebank

Stamford Hill stands out as a junction that should have a tube station but the Piccadilly Line passed it by when it was built

Juno

Camberwell Cemetery? Are you mad? Would-be passenger: "One-way ticket to the cemetery, please." Non-existent ticket office staff: "Ho ho ho." You'll have to come up wth a better name than that.

Padmadipa

You missed out Harringay! They were going to put a station there in the 30's when they built the line, as it runs right under Green Lanes. A station was proposed to be built and positioned somewhere opposite the Sailsbury pub (what is now Tesco's). This was one of the stations that got the axe - the official reason given is that too many stations slow the trains down. As a result we have one of the longest stretches of tube between two stations on entire network - all the way from Turnpike Lane to Manor House; and the poor residents of Harringay have to walk a mile in either direction to a station, which seems a bit hard when the line is right underneath their feet!

Martin Commuter

Camberwell Cemetery's nearest station is Honor Oak Park with 12tph, 8 Overground, 4 Southern. However it can be a pain to access with the only direct bus route being the unreliable Route P12. Users are more likely to travel to New Cross Gate on Route 343.

david s

What about the Overground and the much talked about missing Brixton area station.

Chris Amies

I believe there was once a plan to extend the District Line from Wimbledon via Roehampton to Kingston (which would have filled in part of the Richmond Park gap). There was a spoof article a few years ago about the Bentalls furniture repository in Kingston being conceived as the terminus of an unbuilt Underground line, but I've read other sources that speak of work commencing west from Wimbledon.

Jamie Rox

Crouch End & Muswell Hill, northern line, stop at crouch end after Archway, then onto highgate, then onto Muswell hill before East finchley lived in both places, yes they have busses, but they are rammed every single morning and the trip to finsbury park is torture. For crouch end the Town hall could be put to good use, and retain its amazing architecture. For Muswell hill the block where pizza express and that nigh club is. or next to the wetherspoons, move them estate agents along! Both would need Long escalators comparable to Angel though......as a local i'd welcome it on the daily commute, it will more than likely local trade & increase property value too.

Robert Smith

A stop between Gunnersbury and Kew Gardens on the District Line and London Overground might relive the pressure of road traffic on Kew Bridge. It could be at Richmond Riverside or at Strand-on-the-Green with a pedestrian walkway running alongside Kew Railway Bridge.

Darren M Gomes

There's a good reason why there aren't stations in a lot of parts of London and that's property. Build a station and it will attract developers, which means any patch of green will be bought up and built on. Reason why there's an incomplete station under Hampstead Heath. When the Hampstead Railway was being built, there was going to be a station on the Heath opposite the Bull and Bush pub. But the local residents bought the land the station entrance would have been at, in order to block it being completed. Had it been built, it's certain Hampstead Heath would have become nothing more than a small park.
i don't live in Chelsea, but I don't want to see it ruined by a Crossrail 2 station and it will ruin it. When Crossrail 2 was originally going to be a Tube line (the Chelsea-Hackney Line), the station would have been sited within/under the old Town Hall building and wouldn't have caused too much disruption to the area. But with the Crossrail 2 plans, with Crossrail 2 being a national rail line, it means a ton of redevelopment and destruction of current buildings, in order to build monstrous glass structures, which in turn will attract developers building apartment blocks at prices that even the rich residents in the area wouldn't be able to afford, whilst creating property blight in the process. By the way, you can't put Chelsea on the Circle Line either, it's way off out of the route and would mean having to build a spur line. There are plenty of buses that go along King's Road from Sloane Square if you don't want to walk, even though it is a lovely area to walk around, with a lot to see.

Christopher Thomas

A Victoria line spur upto Tottenham and Edmonton Green would be good to see!

Ben Hart

They should run the Central Line through Ruislip Gardens depot and join it to the Met to provide a service to Uxbridge. Terminate the Pic at Rayners Lane rather than running it to Uxbridge and close West Ruislip Central Line station leaving it as Network Rail only. There you go, West London's proposed transport future summed up in an easy paragraph!

cprk1

Anyone who claims about London being 'gentrified' should take a walk down the Old Kent Road of a night . . .

unebougeotte

Roehampton/Castelnau/Barnes, either a Northern line (from Battersea via Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, and Putney) or H+C line extension.