Latimer Road Station is a London Underground station in North Kensington on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines between Wood Lane and Ladbroke Grove stations. It is in Travelcard Zone 2. The station opened on 16 December 1868 at a junction formed between two existing railway lines - the Hammersmith & City Railway (owned by the Great Western Railway and running between Westbourne Park and Hammersmith stations) and the West London Railway (WLR) (between Willesden Junction and Addison Road (now Kensington (Olympia) stations).
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Buses 295 and 316 operate from stops A and B outside the station. The 295 bus travels between Ladbroke Grove and Clapham Junction station, passing through Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith. The 316 Bus route operates between Cricklewood Broadway and White City Bus Garage on Wood Lane. The 316 route was started in 2008 to allow travel from North West London to the newly opened Westfield shopping centre at Shepherds Bush.
The station currently benefits from 1 ticket office and 2 Passenger Operated Machines (or POM's). The larger POM, called a Multi Fare Machine (MFM) accepts UK Sterling notes, up to the value of £20 and gives change consisting of 10p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins. The smaller machine known as an Advance Fare Machine (AFM) does not give change and accepts overpayment up to 30p. Both machines accept most major Credit and Debit cards, however to help combat fraud, individual cards can only be used once a day. These machines are the standard London Underground installation at all LU operated stations.
The station also benefits from the use of Electric Service Update Boards or ESUBS. These large screens advertise service information which is updated from the Network Operations Centre, located at London Undergrounds head office above St James Park Tube station.
There are currently 5 Customer Help Points on the station, 1 in the Ticket hall at ground level and 2 on each platform. These communication devices are connected to the Station Control Room at Ladbroke Grove station. They are mostly used by customers to find out where or when their next train is due to arrive, but can be used to contact staff or the police in an emergency.
The station kiosk has been closed for many years. It is now used by London Underground as a storage area. There is a local news agent to the right of the station entrance, which also sell groceries. The old Station Public house, currently known as The Garden, is to the left of the station entrance, just under the train bridge. This building appears to have once been accessible from the westbound platform using a flight of stairs from street level. The entrance was recently discovered when the walls were removed to carry out refurbishment works.
In July 2010 the westbound platform 2 was closed to begin refurbishment and extension work, in preparation for the new S Stock, to be introduced on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines from 2012, which will consist of 7 cars instead of the current 6-car configuration. Volker Rail has been contracted by TfL to demolish and rebuild both the east- and westbound platforms, starting with the westbound platform and then moving over to the eastbound. Reportedly it had been paid 7 million pounds to carry out the work laid out in the original plans. However the plans changed due to the poor conditions of the arches underneath the platforms, the poor condition of the lattice girders on the bridge over Bramley Road, and subsidence at ground level in the ticket hall.
The station closed completely on Monday 17 January 2011 for 14 weeks. The westbound platform re-opened first, and the eastbound platform's re-opening on Monday 1 August 2011 heralded the station's full return to service. A new station entrance is to be built next to the disused kiosk after underpinning work has been carried out to the station's green painted wall facing Bramley Road.
When the wall for the westbound platform was removed, contractors discovered an old bricked-up entrance to the station public house, currently known as The Garden. They also found underneath the platform a very old and possibly Mahogany staircase leading up to the pub entrance. Apart from all the years of dust and grime they also found, amongst other things, a bath, old gun parts and even a vat of acid.