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Borough tube station is a London Underground station in The Boroughmarker, London Borough of Southwarkmarker. It is on the Northern Line, between Elephant & Castlemarker and London Bridgemarker stations. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.

The station entrance is in Borough High Streetmarker (part of the A3), on the corner of Marshalsea Roadmarker. The A2 terminates opposite it.


A lift means that the station is accessible without stairs to passengers travelling northbound from the station, but there is a short flight of steps to reach the southbound platform. It is usually quicker for able-bodied passengers to take the spiral stairs than the lift.


The station was opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the first deep-level tube, the City & South London Railway (C&SLR) and was rebuilt in the 1920s when the tunnels were enlarged. After many years of neglect during which it was one of the most miserable looking stations on the whole Underground system, the station has received a complete refurbishment, a project which is nearing completion.

Although little of the original station remains, Borough is the most northern of the original C&SLR stations. North of here the railway originally followed a different route than at present with the tunnels running to the original terminus at King William Streetmarker. This route was abandoned and new tunnels in the direction of London Bridge and Moorgatemarker were constructed and opened in 1900.

The passage leading from the lower lift landing to the northbound platform was built to a larger size (to running tunnel dimensions) than passages at the other stations, as the intention was to use the lift shaft during construction (and before installation of the lift machinery and station building) for the delivery of the rolling stock.

During the Second World War, parts of the disused tunnels to King William Street were adapted into a large public air raid shelter by Southwark Borough Councilmarker, and this is commemorated by a plaque on the side of the current building.


Image:BoroughStation3.jpg|Entrance on Borough High StreetImage:BoroughTube.jpg|View from Marshalsea RoadImage:BoroughTube2.jpg|Architecture at the top of the stationImage:Borough tube station southwark detail.jpg|Concrete roundel featureImage:Borough tube station lifts 01.jpg|Two lifts give access to the platformsFile:Borough LU plaque.jpg|Plaque at entrance giving history

See also

  • Suffolk Placemarker - 180 Borough High St across the road from the tube station is the site of a fifteenth-century mansion belonging to the Dukes of Suffolk, later given by Henry VIII to Jane Seymour and used as a mint.


External links

 Borough station after rebuilding, 1925.

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