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Monday, September 29, 2008

Shepherd's Bush Tube stations opening soon

We're getting nearer and nearer to the date when the brand new Shepherd's Bush Market London Underground station on the Hammersmith & City Line will complete its transformation and Shepherd's Bush on the Central Line re-opens. And the whole
Westfield Shopping Centre opening with the ramifications for the other new Tube & Overground stations around Wood Lane, White City & Shepherd's Bush.

Many people (including lots of BBC folk who work at BBC Television Centre in White City) have been taking photos of the ongoing developments around there. My favourites include an "ancient" advert about phone lines on the Tube, finally being replaced at White City. This was spotted by James1am

Ad at White City by James1am

I also love Shepherd's Bush station on the Hammersmith & City Line and it's gradual transformation into Shepherd's Bush Market station.

Shepherd's Bush Market Tube Station Signage by Caleb

Shepherd's Bush Market Tube Station Signage by Caleb

The last two pictures taken on Friday by Caleb come via the London Reconnections blog. The comments about the blued out space where "Market" will eventually go, are quite fun. Jon said: "I saw some of these signs at the weekend and I now think it should be known forever more as Shepherd's Bush space Station".

Caleb made the interesting point "This is going to be a decent pub quiz question, for a little while at least. This is the only Tube station with 'Market' in the name right?"

There's a lot of discussion on that blog as to when the new stations will open. The BBC reported that Shepherd's Bush Overground station was due for opening on the 29th September 2008. Has it opened? Shepherd's Bush on the Central Line is supposed to re-open on the 5th October 2008 and the brand new Wood Lane station on 12th October 2008.

It's all a case of wait and see as Transport for London themselves aren't committing to any dates as the multi million pound partnership is "due for completion in October and November 2008".


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