London Bridge, London - 27th February 2010 12:52
A lone person waits, cross-armed, for the next train on the eastbound Jubilee Line platform of London Bridge Underground Station.
The Jubilee Line began life as the Fleet Line, so named as part of the proposed route would follow the Fleet River. The first phase was to take over the Bakerloo Line branch from Baker Street to Stanmore (built in the 1930's to relieve congestion on a key section of the Metropolitan Line), and to continue into central London in new tunnels from Baker Street to Charing Cross. This new section was constructed between 1971 and 1979. The name was changed in 1977 to the Jubilee Line in honour of the Queen's Silver Jubilee; and the line is represented by silver (grey) on tube maps.
Even in early plans it was envisaged that the line would be extended eastwards, although the exact route changed frequently as land use changed. Although early preparation work was done as phase one was completed, a lack of funds curtailed this early gain. In the end the tunnels at Charing Cross were extended almost as far as the disused Aldwych station (on the Piccadilly Line) which would have been the next stop in the then plans.
In the 1990's however an extension plan was resurrected, but with a new route swinging south to Westminster and Waterloo, then heading east to serve the Docklands and North Greenwich (for the Millennium Dome) before heading north to terminate at Stratford. The extension opened in 1999 linking Green Park to Stratford and thus closing the section to Charing Cross; although the station is closed (as far as the Jubilee Line is concerned) it is maintained for emergency use, and so it can be used in times of severe disruption on the line. It can still be seen in a number of films and TV programmes; as it is one of the key filming locations on the tube.
Each of the stations on the Jubilee Line Extension has a modern and airy feel, modernist architecture, wide platforms, platform edge doors, large circulating spaces and finer details. You will see here that London Bridge has a fetching blue wall created by the simple in-fill pieces; each bears the station name and two roundals.
This image is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) aside from the usual RAW processing and sharpening; and it was taken with my trusty 50mm lens. I hope to order a new lens next week!
This is my sixteenth image that has made it into Explore!
Highest position: #9 (28th February 2010)