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Report (Permission Visit) Charing Cross, Jubilee Line Station, June 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Altair, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Charing Cross, Jubilee Line Station.
    The Jubilee line used to run from Stanmore to Charing Cross, and was opened in May 1979. However Charing Cross was always supposed to be a temporary terminus, with the final destination of Cannon St Station. At the time it was called the Fleet Line, as it would pass under the Fleet River (now a sewer). There wasn't any money during the tough times of the late 1970's, only after the prosperous years under Thatcherism did money become available for the extension, and it was decided to take a different route, rather than to Ludgate Circus. The present Jubilee Line extension runs to Stratford. This meant that the line would run from Green Park to Westminster, bypassing Charing Cross. When the Jubilee Line Extension opened in November 1999, Charing Cross Jubilee Line Platforms became redundant. Many plans have been floated around, including a Jubilee Line Spur to Cannon St Station, as well as an extension of the Docklands Light Railway from Bank via also redundant Aldwych and into Charing Cross.

    Until the Jubilee line was extended south of the Thames via the Millennium Dome to link with Stratford on the Central line, the Jubilee line originally terminated at Charing Cross. As the new extension was built, a section of tunnelling between Charing Cross and Green Park effectively became a branch line of the new extension. Originally it was intended to run a few special services to Charing Cross, however it was eventually decided to abandon the Jubilee platform there and it was closed on 19th November 1999. Occasionally trains are still routed up the branch but no passengers are allowed to alight since the escalators are now out of service. Since closing, the platform has been stripped of much of its decoration and is now cordoned off to the public. It is still possible to see the branch if you look to your right as you travel between Green Park and Waterloo.

    When the Jubilee line was first constructed (originally to be called the Fleet Line), the intention was to eventually extend the Jubilee line further East via Charing Cross towards the City, linking in with Aldwych. This is why there were two platforms at Charing Cross with tunnels clearly continuing on from both. This now abandoned tunnelling actually runs beyond Charing Cross under the Strand, coming about 100 metres short of Aldwych's location at the other end of the Strand.

    When the Jubilee platforms were first opened in 1979, five escalators down to the new platforms were provided as part of the station's extensive refurbishment (three on the Northern Line side and two on the Bakerloo). With the closure of the platforms these escalators were also closed and access to them walled off. They can still be seen at the Northern Line end of the station complex through a little window in the partitioning wall that has been erected since closure! This wall is now known to staff working at the station as Great Wall of Charing Cross!

    Film and television companies are increasingly choosing this platform over Aldwych because, like Aldwych, trains can easily brought into the platform. Unlike Aldwych however, the platforms still look modern and newer rolling stock is easily available. A good example of a film that has extensively used the station is the British low budget slasher movie Creep, while other big budget films such as Sky Fall have also made extensive use of the platforms, air shafts and service tunnels.

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
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  2. soylent green

    soylent green 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one Altair. Looks like a few hours of fun to be had down there:thumb
     
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  3. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Cheers mate. Permission or not it's really interesting and definitely worth a look. Also quite fun creeping out the public from the vents above the live platforms lol!
     
  4. kevin arnold

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    oooh nice! finally a picture of what's at the end of that corridor? not so sealed then. i wonder what's through that door. on the plan in one of your pictures it connects to a different coloured tunnel... all very interesting, thanks a lot for posting.
     
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