Student Central

INTRODUCTION

On Saturday I attended an event at Student Central, formerly known as the University of London Union (ULU), on Malet Street – for more details please click here. Student Central is walkable from many stations, and as it is far more than just a student venue, this post aims to set out these various connections.

STATIONS FROM WHICH IT IS WALKABLE

Student Central is walkable from the following stations:

OTHER CONNECTIONS

For those coming into London from outside, the best routes from the main places at which you would arrive and which are not within walking distance are:

  • Finsbury Park if on a stopper from Cambridge or Peterborough – straight choice between Victoria to Euston or Piccadilly to Russell Square
  • Moorgate – Metropolitan/ Circle/ Hammersmith & City to Euston Square or Northern to Euston
  • Liverpool Street –¬†Metropolitan/ Circle/ Hammersmith & City to Euston Square or Central to Tottenham Court Road.
  • Fenchurch Street – Circle line to Euston Square.
  • London Bridge – Northern line to Euston
  • Victoria (including the Coach Station) – Victoria line to Warren Street
  • Waterloo – Northern to Tottenham Court Road
  • Paddington – Hammersmith and City to Euston Square – do not be tempted by the fact that the District & Circle lines have a station officially designated as Paddington – the Hammersmith and City platforms are structurally part of the main station.
  • Marylebone – walk to Baker Street and get and eastbound train to Euston Square.

Here to end this post is a map showing Student Central…

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Tottenham Court Road

INTRODUCTION

I used this station on my way back from an event I attended at Student Central, Malet Street, London this Saturday (click here for more details).

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Tottenham Court Road station opened as part of the Central London Railway, now the Central line, in 1900. In 1907 the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway, now the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line, opened a station called Oxford Street, which was renamed Tottenham Court Road to match the CLR station in 1908. The site has been the subject of extensive building works as part of the creation of what will now be called the Elizabeth line, but which was originally known as East-West Crossrail in its planning stages and then as Crossrail.

This will be a link route, approaching London from the direction of Reading, with a tunnel section through central London and then taking over the existing TFL route to Shenfield, from where trains will be able to run to various destinations in further flung parts of the East of England (and mutatis mutandis for the Reading end of the plan and Western England and Wales).

A scheme that started life three decades ago as a plan for new tube line between Hackney and Chelsea will in due time become a second cross-rail scheme linking the southwestern main line railways with those to the northeast of the capital.

As part of all these goings on Tottenham Court Road now has two smart and futuristic new surface buildings.

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To finish this post here are a couple of map sections…

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