The closed station
The new line was to have been called the Fleet Line. It was originally planned to open during the Queen’s Jubilee year and was renamed in her honour. This station was the original terminus of the now Jubilee Line. The station’s opening had been delayed as the installation of the escalators took much longer than planned.
This platform of the station looked close to an in service platform.
Looking the other way the lines lead to the unused Aldwych station.
We learnt this tunnel was used to ‘park’ trains when big events were on and empty trains were needed to be pushed in to the system.
All along the platform we looked at the adverts which did not familiar at all.
Using real adverts would have caused issues for film makers so instead fake adverts adorned the walls along the platforms and the corridors.
The Jubilee line was extended into one of the spurs of the original Bakerloo Line and Charing Cross was then bypassed leaving this station.It was used for trials such as the placement of ramps for disabled access or the tiles at the edge of the platform. All the roofing material was removed after Kings Cross fire but unlike stations in service it was not replaced.
Other trials were the projected advertising images on the walls opposite the platforms. These were tested here so that they could be made not to distract the drivers.
We were now in the other escalator hall. Look carefully as all the ‘Stand on the Right’ signs have been removed so that James Bond could slide down the middle of the escalator with injuring himself!
We walked back up the steps to the top of these escaltors. There we stopped to look up at the signs left from last James Bond film that labelled the corridor as being part of a Circle Line station.
We were then split into two groups. One group to look at the tunnels left over from tunnelling and the other to look at the ventilation shafts and Northern Line platforms.