First visit to Wood Lane

28 10 2008

Hi all

It may be only a fortnight since Wood Lane open, but I thought I would be time to check the station out at platform level. I stepped off the Hammersmith & City train to check out Wood Lane. A very nice modern looking station. Great stop off when visiting Westfield shopping centre which opens on 30th October (I will write a blog entry about Westfield in due course!)

Here is a small gallery of the new station…

1. Wood Lane station looking Eastbound. An impressive metallic and glass design.

2. The Wood Lane Underground roundel

3. Wood Lane station looking Westbound towards Hammersmith

4. The line diagram on the Eastbound platform

5. Wood Lane Underground roundel printed on the glass exit of the platform

Of course, there is more to this station than just the platforms, but I have the ticket hall and station building to check out…by the time I do, Westfield London will be open by then!  What do you think of Wood Lane station? Let me know!

Wood Lane finally opens!

12 10 2008

Hi all

As part of the redevelopment taking place in Shepherd’s Bush, Wood Lane station finally opens today (12th October).  The station is situated between what is now called Shepherd’s Bush Market and Latimer Road on the Hammersmith & City line.  The station is a 250 metre walk from White City on the Central line. It is there for the Westfield shopping centre which opens at the end of October.

I haven’t made a personal visit to the new station, but I have every intention to do so and will take photos of the newest station on the London Underground.

What do you think of the new station? Let me know!

The line diagrams show it all!

6 10 2008

Hi all

In the last blog entry about Shepherd’s Bush Central line station reopening (see entry below dated 5th October), I missed out something very interesting that I forgot to mention and thought I would share with you. On one Central line train, I noticed a brand new line diagram which I guess has been put up in the train in preparation for the opening of the new stations and it even includes interchanges at Shepherd’s Bush with Overground (100m walk) and White City with Wood Lane (a 250 metre walk from White City). Here’s the proof of the pudding…

Assuming it all goes to plan, Wood Lane is due to open on 12th October (this coming Sunday). So more exciting new things to come! I also assume that a new Tube Map will be out by this time.

What about Wood Lane?

30 09 2008

Hi all

After yesterday’s blogs about the exciting progress works at Shepherd’s Bush, I neglected to mention much about Wood Lane station. I haven’t got a good shot of the station, but I did take a roundel sign on a passing Hammersmith & City line train whilst moving slowly.

This is a brand new station situated between Shepherd’s Bush Market (currently named ‘Shepherd’s Bush’) and Latimer Road. It will have complete step free access from street level to platform with lifts installed but also will not feature a ticket office at all.

The new Wood Lane roundel on a passing Hammersmith & City line train

Also, I couldn’t help but notice the new line diagram on the train that had been exposed to show the new change taking place.

But isn’t Wood Lane a step free access station??? Hmmm, they may have forgotten about that!

A few other bits of information, there are reports that Wood Lane is rumoured to open on 12th October. In addition to this, Wood Lane station is about 250 metres from White City station. So why couldn’t the two stations get a direct interchange rather than walk at street level? Could it be that the station would not be entirely step free? A possibility indeed!

What do you think of Wood Lane? Let me know!

Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush (Central) opening dates?

23 09 2008

Hi all

According to the following press report from Hammersmith & Fulham council, there is mention of opening dates for Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) stations.

Wood Lane station on the Hammersmith & City line is said to be opening on 12th October. This is a brand new station built on an existing line between Shepherd’s Bush (Hammersmith & City) [more details on this below] and Latimer Road. This is the first station to be built on an existing line in 70 years. It will also be linked to the north west corner of the all new Westfield Shopping Centre opening on 30th October. If this is to be believed, then Shepherd’s Bush (Hammersmith & City line) will be renamed Shepherd’s Bush Market around the same time on 12th October.

Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) station is reported to be opening on 5th October and if all goes to plan, will open exactly a week later after Shepherd’s Bush (Overground) due to open on 28th September. The station has a totally new building replacing the original 1900 station and replacement escalators and new refurbished platforms.

Sounds all exciting! I will be visiting the area very soon shortly before these stations open! 

What do you think of these exciting new stations? Let me know!