There are 270 functioning stations across our network, but at least 40 Overground and Underground stations still in existence are no longer used for travel.

Closed for a variety of reasons, from low passenger numbers to re-routing, these stations have had interesting histories. Some offered a vital refuge throughout the wars.

During World War Two, many stations were used as public shelters and underground offices for London Underground and government staff. Down Street station was transformed into an underground facility with phone lines, and even hosted a meeting of the War Cabinet. Another, Brompton Road, was sold to the War Office in 1938 and is still used by the Ministry of Defence today.

Stations have also played a part in Britain's cultural life. Aldwych station, for example, was used to house the National Gallery's collection during WWI and British Museum artefacts (including the Elgin Marbles), during WWII.

In more recent years, Aldwych has doubled up as a filming location for productions as diverse as The Prodigy's 'Firestarter' music video, and zombie movie, '28 Weeks Later.'

The following stations give some idea about disused stations and when they closed down. A complete list of stations, and additional research material, is available in our Corporate Archives section.

Name Line Closed
King William Street City & South London Railway 1900
City Road City & South London Railway 1922
Down Street Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway 1932
Brompton Road Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway 1934
Swiss Cottage Metropolitan and St John's Wood Railway 1940
Wood Lane Hammersmith and City 1959
Mark Lane and Tower Hill Circle 1967
Blake Hall Epping-Ongar and Central 1981
Aldwych Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway 1994
Charing Cross Jubilee 1999