Angel tube station

Category: Tube stations

Angel tube station is a London Underground station in The Angel, Islington. It is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line, between Old Street and King’s Cross St. Pancras stations. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.

Angel station was originally built by the City & South London Railway, and opened in 1901 as the northern terminus of a new extension from Moorgate. As with many other stations on the line, it was originally built with a single central island platform serving two tracks – an arrangement still seen at Clapham North and Clapham Common – and access from street level was via lifts.

For years, the station regularly suffered from congestion and overcrowding which, with the island platform was a major safety issue and, in 1992, an almost completely rebuilt station was opened.

A new section of tunnel was excavated for a new northbound platform and the southbound platform was rebuilt to completely occupy the original 30-foot tunnel, explaining why it is larger than most deep-level platforms. The lifts and the ground level building originally on the corner of Torrens Street and City Road were closed and a new station entrance was opened around the corner in Islington High Street. Because of the distance of the new entrance from the platforms, and their depth, two flights of escalators were required aligned approximately at a right-angle. These include the longest escalators in Western Europe, with a vertical rise of 27.4m (90ft) and a length of 60m (197ft).


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