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Report (Permission Visit) Charing Cross Jubilee Line



Idavoll

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A few months ago I was sat in the office "being productive" when I had a look at the work intranet site and saw the banner "Do you want to visit underground London?". Yes was my response and so I got a place on an otherwise sold out tour at a discounted price. Yay for work, for once it's benefited me in a way other than feeding me.

It was very touristy but a good afternoon out and worth it. Tripods weren't allowed but the staff were accommodating as I often held back to get my photos without the 10 other people getting in the way. The tour consisted of 3 parts; the old Charing Cross Jubilee line platforms, a service tunnel and the vent shaft.

History

Originally called The Strand in 1972, the station changed its name to Charing Cross once the Jubilee line was opened in 1979; bridging the Northern and Bakerloo lines under one station.

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Although Charing Cross was constructed as the southern terminus of the Jubilee line, plans already existed to continue the line to the east towards Lewisham in south-east London. Due to the regeneration of the docklands towards Canary Warf, the line was changed to go via Westminster and Waterloo. This in turn meant the line bypassed Charing Cross and went directly to Green Park. With the completion of these changes the Jubilee line at Charing Cross was closed in November 1999.

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Due to it being a rather newish station the platforms are used for various TV shows (Spooks) and films (Skyfall) and as such the station is decorated to display relatively new as well as make believe theatre shows and films.

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False signs stating that you're on the District Line - this was due to it being used in Skyfall.
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The service tunnel was dug by hand then reinforced - it ends in a wall of concrete behind a door though.
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The former lift shaft is used to provide air to the underground to stop it getting so hot. Apparently you can abseil down the shaft...hint hint.
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People creeping...
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Thanks for looking.
 
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kevin arnold

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nice one, very interesting report :thumb

have you got any pictures of that wall of concrete behind a door? all the pictures i've ever seen from that tunnel never show the end of it! is this where the connection to BT deep levels used to be?

The service tunnel was dug by hand then reinforced - it ends in a wall of concrete behind a door though.
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The former lift shaft is used to provide air to the underground to stop it getting so hot. Apparently you can abseil down the shaft...hint hint.
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you don't even have to, it's got steps and ladders all the way to the top :)
 

Idavoll

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nice one, very interesting report :thumb

have you got any pictures of that wall of concrete behind a door? all the pictures i've ever seen from that tunnel never show the end of it! is this where the connection to BT deep levels used to be?
I haven't no - I did get one of the door but it was too blurry and therefore got culled. They also didn't open it and show us so I guess they could have been fibbing but I doubt it. I think it backs onto another line.

you don't even have to, it's got steps and ladders all the way to the top :)
Yeah but the people who do things like that are too pro for steps. ;) Plus I don't know whether the stairs go all the way to the top. I was trying to check out the ladders but couldn't see any that far up. But I wear glasses so my sight can't be trusted.
 

kevin arnold

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I haven't no - I did get one of the door but it was too blurry and therefore got culled. They also didn't open it and show us so I guess they could have been fibbing but I doubt it. I think it backs onto another line.
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hmm, i don't think so... in the plan above it's the s-shaped corridor that ends next to letter "c" in "charing cross station". i remember reading somewhere that the connection to BT tunnels was through the door at the end of it but maybe i mixed up some facts.

there is also another spur corridor branching off jubilee running tunnels just before the disused station, i have never seen any pics from it either. i guess they don't show it on tours as you'd need to walk along live tracks to get to it...
 

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