Why are there abandoned Tube Stations?

(101 Posts)
onedev Thu 02-Jan-14 18:01:47

Inspired by the BBC news article today (sorry can't link!) about the number of abandoned Tube Stations & was therefore wondering why there are so many abandoned in the first place? Anyone able to educate me? Also, is there a way to visit them? I'd love to take a tour if it were possible!

CharlieAlphaKiloEcho Thu 02-Jan-14 18:03:12

I have no idea but I'd love to visit them too.

I love looking at photos of abandoned buildings like hospitals etc. There's always a kind of creepiness about them!

LondonMother Thu 02-Jan-14 18:04:47

It fascinates me too! Reasons would include poor planning, changes in travel patterns, redevelopment. Don't know if there are tours but I doubt it as they are probably not very safe.

Some of them were used as offices during the war

I find them fascinating
I think if they did tours they would become boring

Joules68 Thu 02-Jan-14 18:06:05

I love urban exploration! Ages since we had a thread on it! Have you looked on '28 days later' website charlie?

Underground stations from the war etc are still there, think they are referred to as ghost stations?

RustyBear Thu 02-Jan-14 18:08:35
onedev Thu 02-Jan-14 18:10:21

Agreed Charlie - I love old buildings too & thinking of the history of them!

Do you think it was as simple then as them not being necessary? The tube stations always seem so crowded to me, so I thought they could do with more really.

Totally fascinated in the article with what they used some of them in the war for - we're they already closed then?

I honestly find the while tube system amazing - the age & what was accomplished during another era & then the part they've played in our history! (I was definitely a Londoner in another life - I adore the city although I'm actually Irish!!)

onedev Thu 02-Jan-14 18:12:34

Thanks Rusty!

What's the 28 days later website Joules?

If I won the lottery, my dream is to study history & do a phd in something like this!! (Now you can probably see why my dad refused to let me study history & made me do Business instead grin)

onedev Thu 02-Jan-14 18:14:53

Sorry, just noticed typos in my post - were, not we're & whole, not while. iPhone autocorrect drives me bananas confused

redgate Thu 02-Jan-14 18:18:32

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/ - it's a forum for people (who are braver than me!) who climb/go inside empty buildings. Saw my old high school on there, really interesting.

onedev Thu 02-Jan-14 18:21:50

Just looking at it now Redgate - I did wonder when I saw the disclaimer! I'd love to do that kind of thing but likely would never have the nerve!

poppyknot Thu 02-Jan-14 18:26:52

Fascinating. Reminded of the rather scary John Betjemin short story....
www.kentishtowner.co.uk/2013/01/23/wednesday-picture-south-kentish-town-nw5s-ghost-tube-station/

nomorecrumbs Thu 02-Jan-14 18:28:17

Ooooh, they are very interesting. I signed up for a tour of Aldywch tube station but they cancelled it a few days before, due to "technical difficulties" angry

Health & Safety red tape, more like!

Alonglongway Thu 02-Jan-14 18:30:06

www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mole-People-Tunnels-Beneath/dp/155652241X

Doesn't answer your question but this is a great book about people living in the NY subway system

I once had a tour of an abandoned tube station - it was a reward for helping a man who collapsed and possibly not officially sanctioned, but fascinating

JumpingJackSprat Thu 02-Jan-14 18:33:45

I love 28 days later. My favourite one is potters manor.

I love the 28 days website. Abandoned hospitals and holiday camps really interest me for some reason. confused

jules1308 Thu 02-Jan-14 18:34:24

I've been taken around Bourne St, near Green Park. It was used by Churchill during the war- fascinating, still has the telephone exchange and the bath he is supposed to have used etc That particular one was closed down because the area was so affluent it was never used.

onedev Thu 02-Jan-14 19:25:53

How did you get taken round that Joules? Sounds fab! I never thought about any being closed down due to affluence!

maillotjaune Thu 02-Jan-14 19:47:59

There is a book called Do Not Alight Here about the subject (that DS2 reads at me every chance he gets grin. )

onedev Thu 02-Jan-14 19:52:16

Thanks maillot, I'll have to get that.

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 02-Jan-14 19:53:34

I love 28 days , especially the asylums

Only1scoop Thu 02-Jan-14 19:55:12

That 28 days website looks amazing I think I could become addicted. I find it all fascinating.

DrownedGirl Thu 02-Jan-14 19:59:44

Derelict London is another good site

SorrelForbes Thu 02-Jan-14 20:07:47

This is another good website about abandoned stations.

SledYuleCated Thu 02-Jan-14 20:25:25

All sorts of reasons. The underground was built in a very higgledy-piggledy fashion, and different bits owned by different companies, which led to all sorts of disputes and situations.

I believe the British Museum stop, which is still visible near Chancery Lane, was abandoned because it was too close to other stations to make it worthwhile keeping them all open.

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