Charing Cross Tube Station London

Deriving its name from Charing Cross, the junction of Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, near Trafalgar Square in central London, the Charing Cross tube station is among the busiest locations in London. This station provides a swapping with the National Rail Network, which is served by the Northern line and Bakerloo line. The station has a long history, with lots of improvements and name changes having occurred over the course of time. The Northern line and Bakerloo lines were initially opened as two separate stations, and were then joined after the jubilee line (now invalid) platforms were opened.

Charing Cross Underground Station
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom   View Map


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    This station was first established when the Bakerloo Line platform was initiated as Trafalgar Square in 1906, by the Baker Street & Waterloo Railway (BS&WR).

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    Addition of Northern line platforms

    The platforms of the Northern line were initiated as Charing Cross in the year 1907, and at that time there was no direct link in between the two lines underground.

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    Improving Interchange

    For the betterment of the interchange features of this station, the Charing Cross Euston and Hampstead line was expanded under the main line station of Charing Cross, to connect with the BS&WR, and another line of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London opened in April 1914.

    The original ending destination point of the CCE&HR in the north was renamed Charing Cross (Strand) and the new station and the BS&WR station to the south of the main line was named Charing Cross (Embankment).

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    Name change

    On May 9, 1915, a name change was put into effect. Charing Cross (Strand) was renamed as Strand, and Charing Cross (Embankment) was renamed simply as Charing Cross.

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    Construction of Jubilee Line

    On June 4, 1973, the construction of the new Jubilee line platforms commenced, and the Northern line Strand station was closed owing to construction purposes.

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    Another name change

    Another name change was put into effect in the year of 1974, when Charing Cross was renamed as Charing Cross Embankment yet again.

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    Yet another name change

    However, the change was far from permanent, and another change of name was in order. In May 1979, the Jubilee line platforms and the restored Northern Line platforms both began their operations. The combined station with the Trafalgar Square was given its present name. Also, Charing Cross Embankment was renamed simply as Embankment.

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    Opening of final section

    On 20 November 1999, the Jubilee Line platforms at Charing Cross were shut, after the beginning of the final portion of the line between Waterloo and Green Park.

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