LONDON UNDERGROUND HISTORY Euston station history
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Euston station opened in May 1907, as part of the City and South London Railway’s extension from Angel station.
A few months later, the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway opened its own Euston station, with a surface structure designed by architect Leslie Green. Despite having separate entrances, the two stations shared an underground ticket hall.
From 1922 to 1924, the station was closed to allow tunnels to be enlarged in preparation for both branches of the Northern Line joining at Camden.
The station was rebuilt in the mid-1960s when the surface mainline station was constructed. Most of the Underground work was designed to accommodate the Victoria line, which began calling at the station in 1968. On the Victoria line platforms, Tom Eckersley designed the illustration of the Euston Arch that once stood as the gateway to the mainline station.
In the 1980s, designers David Hamilton and Robin Cooper created an abstract graphic pattern to represent the crest of the Dukes of Grafton, whose family home is Euston Hall. This graphic can be seen on the Northern Line (Charing Cross branch) platforms.
In a typical year, more than 40 million journeys start or end at this station.
1907: This photo was taken the year the Hampstead Tube opened, complete with large route map on the front of the station
1908: The City and South London Railway used an island platform
1967: This poster explained the changes to the station with the arrival of the Victoria line
c. 1970: A woman buys tickets from a multifare machine. Although these weren’t the first automatic ticket machines, they were the first to dispense tickets for a variety of fares
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