The Info List - Sloane Square Tube Station

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Sloane Square
Sloane Square
is a London Underground
London Underground
station in Sloane Square (Chelsea, district of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea). It is served by the District and Circle lines, between South Kensington and Victoria stations and is in Travelcard Zone 1.[2] The entrance to the station is on the east side of Sloane Square (A3217). It is adjacent to the Royal Court Theatre
Royal Court Theatre
and is the nearest station for Kings Road
Kings Road
shopping, the Peter Jones department store and the Cadogan Hall.[3]


1 History

1.1 Incidents and Accidents 1.2 Former Chelsea-Hackney line
Chelsea-Hackney line

2 Connections 3 In literature 4 References

4.1 Bibliography

5 External links


Plan of Sloane Square
Sloane Square
station, Sloane Square
Sloane Square
and surrounding streets, as they were in 1888.

The station was opened on 24 December 1868 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) when the company opened the first section of its line between South Kensington and Westminster stations.[4]

The River Westbourne, one of London's many subterranean rivers, flows above the station in a large iron conduit.

The construction of the station was complicated by the crossing of the site by the River Westbourne
River Westbourne
which ran through Hyde Park as the Serpentine Lake and was originally crossed by the Knight's Bridge at Knightsbridge. The river was carried above the platform in a large iron pipe suspended from girders. It remains in place today.[5] The DR connected to the Metropolitan Railway
Metropolitan Railway
(MR, later the Metropolitan line) at South Kensington and, although the two companies were rivals, each company operated its trains over the others tracks in a joint service known as the "Inner Circle". On 1 February 1872, the DR opened a northbound branch from its station at Earl's Court to connect to the West London Extension Joint Railway (WLEJR, now the West London Line) to which it connected at Addison Road (now Kensington (Olympia)). From that date the "Outer Circle" service began running over the DR's tracks.[6] The service was run by the London and North Western Railway
London and North Western Railway
(LNWR) from Broad Street (now demolished) in the City of London
City of London
via the North London Line
North London Line
to Willesden Junction, then the West London Line
West London Line
to Addison Road. From Addison Road it ran over DR tracks to Mansion House.[6] From 1 August 1872, the "Middle Circle" service also began operations through Sloane Square
Sloane Square
running from Moorgate along the MR's tracks on the north side of the Inner Circle to Paddington then over the Hammersmith & City Railway (H&CR) track to Latimer Road then, via a now demolished link, to the West London Line
West London Line
to Addison Road and the DR to Mansion House. The service was operated by the Great Western Railway.[7] On 30 June 1900, the Middle Circle
Middle Circle
service was withdrawn between Earl's Court and Mansion House.[8] On 31 December 1908 the Outer Circle service was also withdrawn.[8] In the late 1930s, the station building was rebuilt in the modern style and escalators were installed between the ticket hall and the platforms. The new station building did not last long as it was mostly destroyed during World War II. A German bomb that fell in November 1940 killed 37 and injured 79 passengers on a train[9] in the station and destroyed the ticket hall, escalators and the glazed roof over the tracks. In 1949, the Metropolitan line
Metropolitan line
operated Inner Circle route was given its own identity on the tube map as the Circle line. By 1951 the station had been rebuilt again in a similar style to the 1930s building. The arched glass roof was not replaced and the current station does not have the light open atmosphere of the original. The office building above the station entrance is a later addition. The Hole in the Wall pub on the eastbound platform existed from 1868 to 1985. [10] Incidents and Accidents[edit] On 5 April 1960, Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the Llewelyn Davies boys who were the inspiration for the boy characters of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and who resented the public association with the character named after him, committed suicide by throwing himself under a train as it was pulling into the station.[11] On 26 December 1973, a terrorist bomb exploded in the telephone kiosk in the booking office. No one was injured.[12] Former Chelsea-Hackney line
Chelsea-Hackney line
Proposal[edit] Sloane Square
Sloane Square
was considered as a potential station on the long-proposed Chelsea-Hackney line
Chelsea-Hackney line
which has been absorbed into plans for Crossrail
2. The station is no longer on the planned route.[13] Connections[edit] London Bus routes 11, 19, 22, 137, 211, 319, 360, 452 and C1,[14] and night routes N11, N19, N22 and N137[15] serve the station.[16] In literature[edit] Sloane Square
Sloane Square
is one of two tube stations (the other being South Kensington) mentioned in the song "When you're lying awake" from the operetta Iolanthe
by Gilbert and Sullivan.[17] References[edit]

^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. March 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.  ^ Transport for London
Transport for London
(December 2017). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 January 2018.  ^ Google Maps - Sloane Square
Sloane Square
Tube Station ^ Rose 1999. ^ Jones, Ian. "69. The river over Sloane Square". 150 Great Things About the Underground. Retrieved 1 December 2012.  ^ a b Horne 2006, p. 15. ^ Bruce 1983, p. 11. ^ a b Lee 1956, p. 29. ^ [1] ^ "A history of Pubs on the London Underground". IanVisits. December 25, 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2017.  ^ Birkin, Andrew, J. M. Barrie
J. M. Barrie
and the Lost Boys, Yale University Press ^ Terrorist Attacks on the London Underground ^ "Citizen Space - Crossrail 2
Crossrail 2
- October 2015". Retrieved 22 November 2015.  ^ "Buses from Sloane Square" (PDF). Transport for London. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.  ^ "Night buses from Sloane Square" (PDF). Transport for London. January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2015.  ^ Sloane Square
Sloane Square
Underground Station - Bus ^ "When You're Lying Awake (lyrics)". Boise State University. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 


Bruce, J Graeme (1983). Steam to Silver. A history of London Transport Surface Rolling Stock. Capital Transport. ISBN 0-904711-45-5.  Horne, Mike (2006). The District Line. Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-292-5.  Lee, Charles E. (1956). The Metropolitan District Railway. The Oakwood Press. ASIN B0000CJGHS.  Rose, Douglas (1999) [1980]. The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History (7th ed.). Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sloane Square
Sloane Square
tube station.

London Transport Museum Photographic Archive

Entrance to station and ticket hall, 1928 Station building, 1930 New ticket hall, 1940 View of platforms looking west, 1940 Destruction to station, 1940 Station rebuilt, 1958

Preceding station   London Underground   Following station

South Kensington towards Edgware Road

Circle line

Victoria towards Hammersmith (via Tower Hill)

South Kensington towards Wimbledon, Richmond or Ealing Broadway

District line

Victoria towards Upminster

  Abandoned Development  

Preceding station   London Underground   Following station

Chelsea towards Wimbledon

Chelsea-Hackney line

Victoria towards Epping

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Circle line


Hammersmith Goldhawk Road Shepherd's Bush Market Wood Lane Latimer Road Ladbroke Grove Westbourne Park Royal Oak Paddington Edgware Road Baker Street Great Portland Street Euston Square King's Cross St. Pancras Farringdon Barbican Moorgate Liverpool Street Aldgate Tower Hill ( Tower Gateway) Monument ( Bank) Cannon Street Mansion House Blackfriars Temple Embankment Westminster St. James's Park Victoria Sloane Square South Kensington Gloucester Road High Street Kensington Notting Hill Gate Bayswater Paddington (→ to Edgware Road)

Rolling stock

S7 Stock


Former railways

Metropolitan Railway District Railway Metropolitan line
Metropolitan line
(1933–88) History of the District line

Former rolling stock

Metropolitan Railway
Metropolitan Railway
steam locomotives District Railway
District Railway
steam locomotives Metropolitan Railway
Metropolitan Railway
electric multiple units District Railway
District Railway
electric multiple units Circle Stock O and P Stock C Stock

Associated circle lines

Middle Circle Outer Circle Super Outer Circle

See also

District line Hammersmith & City line Metropolitan line

London Underground Transport for London

London Transport portal

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District line


Upminster Upminster Bridge Hornchurch Elm Park Dagenham East Dagenham Heathway Becontree Upney Barking East Ham Upton Park Plaistow West Ham Bromley-by-Bow Bow Road Mile End Stepney Green Whitechapel Aldgate East Tower Hill ( Tower Gateway) Monument ( Bank) Cannon Street Mansion House Blackfriars Temple Embankment Westminster St. James's Park Victoria Sloane Square South Kensington Gloucester Road Earl's Court West Kensington Barons Court Hammersmith Ravenscourt Park Stamford Brook Turnham Green

Richmond branch

Gunnersbury Kew Gardens Richmond

Ealing branch

Chiswick Park Acton Town Ealing Common Ealing Broadway

Wimbledon branch

West Brompton Fulham Broadway Parsons Green Putney Bridge East Putney Southfields Wimbledon Park Wimbledon

Edgware Road branch

High Street Kensington Notting Hill Gate Bayswater Paddington Edgware Road

Olympia branch

Kensington (Olympia)

Rolling stock

D78 (decommissioned) S7 Stock


District Railway History of the District line

Former stations

Alperton Benfleet Boston Manor Castle Hill and Ealing Dene Chalkwell Deptford Road East Horndon Eastcote Hanwell Hayes Hillingdon Hounslow Central Hounslow East Hounslow Town Hounslow West Ickenham Laindon Langley Leigh-on-Sea Mark Lane New Cross Gate North Ealing Northfields Northfields & Little Ealing Osterley Osterley & Spring Grove Park Royal Park Royal & Twyford Abbey Pitsea Rayners Lane Rotherhithe Ruislip Ruislip Manor Shadwell Shoeburyness Slough South Acton South Ealing South Harrow Southall Southend Central Southend East St Mary's (Whitechapel Road) Sudbury Town Sudbury Hill Thorpe Bay Uxbridge Wapping Westcliff West Drayton Windsor

Wimbledon & Sutton Railway

Cannon Hill Cheam Collingwood Road Elm Farm Elm Grove Merton Park Morden Sutton Sutton Common

Former stock

C69 & C77 A Stock B Stock C Stock D Stock E Stock F Stock G Stock H Stock K Stock L Stock O/P/CO/CP Stock Q Stock R Stock


Acton Ealing Common Lillie Bridge

See also

Other Sub-surface lines

Circle line Hammersmith & City line Metropolitan line

London Underground Transport for London

London Transport portal

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2015 consultation route

Broxbourne branch

Broxbourne  Cheshunt  Waltham Cross Enfield Lock Brimsdown Ponders End

Meridian Water (Angel Road) Northumberland Park Tottenham Hale  Dalston 

New Southgate branch

via Turnpike Lane option

New Southgate  Alexandra Palace  Turnpike Lane  Seven Sisters  Dalston 

via Wood Green option

New Southgate  Wood Green  Seven Sisters  Dalston 

Core Route

Dalston  Angel  Euston St. Pancras  Tottenham Court Road  Victoria  King's Road Chelsea

Clapham Junction  Balham  or Tooting Broadway Wimbledon Raynes Park

Shepperton branch

Kingston loop

Raynes Park New Malden  Norbiton Kingston Hampton Wick Teddington 

Shepperton branch

Teddington  Fulwell Hampton Kempton Park Sunbury Upper Halliford Shepperton 

Hampton Court branch

Raynes Park New Malden  Berrylands Surbiton  Thames Ditton Hampton Court

Epsom & Chessington branches

Epsom branch

Raynes Park  Motspur Park  Worcester Park Stoneleigh Ewell West Epsom 

Chessington branch

Raynes Park  Motspur Park  Malden Manor Tolworth Chessington North Chessington South

Previous proposals

Former regional-option proposals

Hertford East Ware St Margarets Rye House Hackney Strawberry Hill Twickenham

1989 'Chelney' safeguarded route

Epping Theydon Bois Debden Loughton Buckhurst Hill Woodford South Woodford Snaresbrook Leytonstone Homerton

Hackney Central Dalston Junction Essex Road Angel Kings Cross St. Pancras Tottenham Court Road Piccadilly Circus

Victoria King's Road Chelsea Parsons Green Putney Bridge East Putney Southfields Wimbledon Park Wimbledon

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