London Hidden Tram Station opens to the public for the first time in 70 years

A hidden subway station in central London, the Avengers’ headquarters on the big screen, is set to open to the public for the first time since it closed almost 70 years ago. People will be able to navigate the nostalgic docks and halls of Kingsway Station, which allowed double-decker tram passengers to switch lanes between the once-integrated north and south of the Thames. which closed after World War II.

For many Londoners, the purpose of the ramp in the middle of Southampton Row at the intersection of Theobalds Road leading to darkness has long been a mystery. It was the location of the Avengers base in the 1998 film starring Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes, but few know that it was the focal point of the capital’s electric tram network that closed after the war due to the speed and efficiency of the metro. of London. It was built by the county council of London and inaugurated in 1906 as part of the “liquidation” of slums in Holborn and Aldwych.

“One can see the old glamor that still shines,” said Siddy Holloway, project manager at the London Transport Museum. “It closed in 1952 and the public has not seen it since.” He said the tram network had gained a reputation in the 1920s and 1930s for being unstable, uncomfortable and slow in contrast to the subway.

Photo: London Transport Museum

“They made an effort to make it more charming and comfortable,” he said. “There were luxury wagons that cost more. “They tried to beautify it a bit, but there was a perception among Londoners that trams were not very good.”

For the past 69 years, part of the once-innovative underground tram junction has been handed over to a road tunnel, and some of the remaining platforms have been used by the Camden council to store old signs and trash cans.

Extensive new tram networks are now operating at Croydon in south London and there have been unsuccessful proposals for a tram crossing from Oxford Street in central London. Other UK cities have embraced the tram more vigorously with millions of passengers a year using it in Manchester, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.


Main photo: London Transport Museum

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