Wembley Central Platform

Wembley Central Platform

Wembley Central Entrance

Wembley Central Entrance

Wembley Central Platform

Wembley Central Platform

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The London and Birmingham Railway line opened on 20 July 1837 with the station opening as "Sudbury" in 1842. On 1 May 1882 it was renamed "Sudbury & Wembley". on 1 November 1910 it was renamed "Wembley for Sudbury", coincident with construction of the "LNWR New Line".The Bakerloo line service commenced over New Line on 16 April 1917. In 1936 the street level building was reconstructed with a shopping arcade. In 1948 there was further work in preparation for the Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium with the station being, once more, renamed as "Wembley Central" on 5 July 1948. In the 1960s Station Square was constructed on a raft over the station, providing most of current layout.

 

Wembley Central has the appearance of an underground station due to the elevated position of the High Road (where the main entrance was until recently behind a 1940s shopping arcade) and the enclosed nature of the platforms below the raft upon which Station Square is built; it is actually generally at or above the local ground level, having been reconstructed in its current form during the 1960s electrification of the West Coast Main Line. It is the first station out of Euston to have platforms on all three pairs of tracks and the combination of the confined space and through trains passing at speed on platforms 3-6 (the main line platforms) create a wind tunnel effect which can be dangerous for passengers. When a major event occurs at Wembley Stadium, all London Midland services call here always stopping at platforms 5 and 6. In 2011-12, the station was made step-free, in preparation for the Olympics. A step-free route was provided between the station entrance and platforms 1 and 2 for the first time, with the installation of two new lifts and a stair lift. The toilets were refurbished to make them fully accessible. Two platforms were extended as well. The station has help points, wi-fi, lifts, toilets, a waiting room and a bridge.

 

Connections: National Rail. London Overground. London Buses routes 18, 79, 83, 92, 182, 204, 223, 224, 297 and H17 and night route N18 serve the station.