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Report - Kingsway Tram Tunnel - London – November 2015

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The history

Holborn tramway station was a tram stop underneath Kingsway in central London, England. It was built in 1906 by the London County Council Tramways as part of the Kingsway Tramway Subway joining the separate networks of tramways in North and South London. When opened it was named Great Queen Street.

Tram services commenced on 24 February 1906, running from Angel to Aldwych, the next station in the subway. Through services across London began on 10 April 1908, running from Highbury station through Holborn and then east to Tower Bridge or south to Gate. The routes that used the Kingsway Subway were numbered 31, 33, and 35.

Following the decision to withdraw tram services in London and replace them with buses, the station closed just after 12.30am on 6 April 1952. Much of the station remains in the disused subway but there is no public access.

Following its closure, the station was used as a backdrop various TV shows & films. Most notably it was featured in the 2008 film The Escapist, as a fictional London Underground station called "Union Street", which was said to be on the Northern Line between Elephant & Castle and Borough. Remains of the film props, such as a fake tube map and a Union Street tube roundel, can still be seen pasted to the walls of the station. The props date from 2008, and are not part of the original station.

In 2009 the subway and station was the venue for an art installation, Chord, by Conrad Shawcross.

The Explore

While out in London with @slayaaaa and @mrstewie and having failed at a few other things we decided to have a look.

We went as far as we dared towards the live end of the tunnel and then made our escape back up onto street level and into the nearest subway for food.

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Not much has changed in those 2 years it seems, apart from that theres even more stuff stored there now. Def worth popping down there for a look if you haven't already been down, nice pics

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