Fulham Broadway tube station
Fulham Broadway is a London Underground station on the Wimbledon branch of the District line. It is between West Brompton and Parsons Green stations and is in Travelcard Zone 2. The station is located on Fulham Broadway (A304). It is the nearest station to Stamford Bridge stadium, the home of Chelsea Football Club. The London Oratory School is also nearby. The station is in a cutting that was originally open air until it was covered by 'Life begins at Fulham Broadway' developments.
|Local authority||Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|Original company||District Railway|
|1 March 1880||Opened as Walham Green|
|1 March 1952||Renamed Fulham Broadway|
|London transport portal|
The original station building was replaced in 1905 with a new entrance designed by Harry W Ford to accommodate crowds for the newly built Stamford Bridge stadium. It is now a Grade II listed building.
The name was changed to its current form on 1 March 1952 after representations from Fulham Chamber of Commerce.
In 2003 the street-level station building at the southern end of the platform was closed and a new entrance was opened within the adjacent Fulham Broadway shopping centre. The shopping centre has the motto "Life Begins At Fulham Broadway". The centre was partly built above what were the previously open-air sections of the platforms and the station facilities were improved to provide full wheelchair accessibility and to again improve the management of football crowds. (The station exit towards the shopping centre is closed on Chelsea F.C. matchdays; fans are directed towards a different exit at the northern end of the station.) The old station building was refurbished and occupied between 2005 and April 2010 by a T.G.I. Friday's restaurant. From July 2010 to February 2012 the site was home to Union Market which described itself as a farmers market with the convenience of a supermarket. It retains many of the original station signs and architectural features, including the historic terracotta block facade. The original footbridge remains in situ.
Due to the area's poor Underground links, it is the station used locally by many residents of the western part of neighbouring Chelsea.
The typical off-peak service is:
- In 1998 the station was featured in the film "Sliding Doors" where Gwyneth Paltrow met John Hannah after successfully catching her tube. When they leave the tube, they can be seen walking up the old steps towards the exit. These steps no longer lead to that exit, having been superseded by the new ticket hall described previously; they do remain as a bridge between platforms however.
- Ian Dury and the Blockheads' 1978 single What a Waste contains the line: "I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station".
- Mentioned in Take That's song "Pretty Things" off their 2010 album "Progress".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fulham Broadway tube station.|
- "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. March 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2019.
- "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
- Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
- Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
- Courtney, Adam. "Economy Bites as Union Market in Fulham is Forced to Close". Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- "Riots in London as Chelsea fans clash with police after Champions League defeat". Daily Mail. Daily Mail. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
- London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
- Walham Green station, 1893
- Walham Green station, 1920. The large crowd is composed of football fans attending the FA Cup Final held at Stamford Bridge that year.
- Interior of station building, 1956
- View of platforms, 1980. Showing the open section of the platforms now covered by the shopping centre
- Ticket office windows, 1998
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|