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Goodge Street tube station

Goodge Street /ˈɡ/ is a London Underground station on Tottenham Court Road in Fitzrovia, West End, London. It is on the Northern line's Charing Cross branch between Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street stations, and is in Travelcard Zone 1.[2]

Goodge Street London Underground
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Entrance on Tottenham Court Road
Goodge Street is located in Central London
Goodge Street
Goodge Street
Location of Goodge Street in Central London
LocationTottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia
Local authorityLondon Borough of Camden
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone1
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013Decrease 8.23 million[1]
2014Increase 8.38 million[1]
2015Increase 8.84 million[1]
2016Decrease 8.46 million[1]
2017Decrease 7.52 million[1]
Key dates
1907Opened (CCE&HR)
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WGS8451°31′15″N 0°08′04″W / 51.52083°N 0.13444°W / 51.52083; -0.13444Coordinates: 51°31′15″N 0°08′04″W / 51.52083°N 0.13444°W / 51.52083; -0.13444
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It was opened on 22 June 1907 as Tottenham Court Road by the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway, but changed to the present name on 9 March 1908[3][4] before an interchange was built between the previously separate (and differently named) Northern line and Central line stations at the present Tottenham Court Road station.


The station stands on the western side of Tottenham Court Road, some way north of the station of that name. Goodge Street itself runs west from Tottenham Court Road, a very short distance south of Goodge Street station.


It is one of the few tube stations that still rely on lifts rather than escalators to transport passengers to and from street level.[5] In addition, it is one of the few such tube stations that still use the original scheme of separate exit and entrance areas.[citation needed] Alternatively, passengers can use the 136-step staircase to get down to the platforms.[5] The surface building was designed by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London's (UERL's) architect Leslie Green.

Deep-level air-raid shelterEdit

Goodge Street has a Second World War deep-level air-raid shelter underneath it, and is one of eight such stations.[6] From late 1943 until the end of the Second World War the Goodge Street shelter was used by SHAEF /ˈʃf/, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. The shelter has two entrances, one on Chenies Street (pictured below) and the other on Tottenham Court Road next to the American International Church.

In the invasion preparations, Goodge Street station was used only as a signals installation by the United States Army Signal Corps. It was one of a number of signals installations for communications in and around London. Among these installations were SHAEF headquarters at 20 Grosvenor Square and the basement of the Selfridges department store on Oxford Street; both buildings exist today.

After the war the shelters were used as a hostel that could accommodate up to 8000 troops. Goodge Street continued in use as an army transit centre until it was damaged by fire on the night of 21 May 1956. The fire coincided with Parliamentary consideration of a Government Bill seeking power to take over the shelters (The Underground Works [London] Bill) and the Minister of Works assured the Commons they would not again be used for human occupation in peacetime (although no one was killed, the fire had caused some alarm and proved difficult to put out).[citation needed] Another fire, June 21st 1981, caused by burning rubbish, killed a man and injured 16 people, resulted in a recommended smoking ban upon the Underground. There was a tardy response with London Transport finally introducing a one year trial smoking ban commencing July 9 1984. Almost halfway through the trial a major fire occurred at Oxford Circus, resulting in a full smoking ban on all subterranean stations and Underground trains.[7]

Services and connectionsEdit

Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but generally operate every 3–7 minutes in both directions.[8][9]

London Bus routes 14, 24, 29, 73, 134 and 390, and night routes N5, N20, N29, N73, N253 and N279[10] serve the station.[11][12] Furthermore, bus routes 14, 24, 134 and 390 provide a 24-hour bus service.[11][10]

In popular cultureEdit

The station appeared in the 1942 feature film Gert and Daisy's Weekend.[13] The former shelter is the setting for much of the 1968 Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear.[13] Dialogue in the story mentions the shelter's former use in the Second World War, and the exit in Chenies Street.[14]

The station is the setting of the song "Sunny Goodge Street", from the 1965 album Fairytale by singer-songwriter Donovan. The station exterior also appeared in the 2005 music video for "Believe" by The Chemical Brothers.[13][15]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ Transport for London (November 2018). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 November 2018.
  3. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater Londonby J.E.Connor and B.Halford
  4. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  5. ^ a b Tube Facts - Tube Stations that have no escalators and use lifts to get down to the platforms & Tube Stations with steps
  6. ^ Emmerson, Andrew; Beard, Tony (2004). London's Secret Tubes. Capital Transport Publishing. pp. 54–58. ISBN 1-85414-283-6.
  7. ^ Bownes, David; Green, Oliver; Mullins, Sam (2012). Underground: How the Tube shaped London. 80 Strand, London: Allen Lane. pp. 219–220. ISBN 978-1-846-14462-2.
  8. ^ "Northern line timetable: From Goodge Street Underground Station to Warren Street Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Northern line timetable: From Goodge Street Underground Station to Tottenham Court Road Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Night buses from Goodge Street" (PDF). Transport for London. September 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Buses from Goodge Street" (PDF). Transport for London. September 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  12. ^ Goodge Street Underground Station - Bus
  13. ^ a b c The London Underground in Films and Televisions (Real Stations - Portrayals)
  14. ^ Doctor Who - The Web of Fear (03/02-09/03/68 BBC1)
  15. ^ Tube Facts - Music Videos filmed on the tube

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