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Although Wood Lane
is on an Underground Line which has been in operation since 1864, the station is newer.
In 1908 the Franco-British Exhibition
and the 1908 Summer Olympics came to London, the first of a number of major events in White City that attracted infrastructural investment by railway companies. Among others, the Metropolitan Railway opened its Wood Lane
station on the Hammersmith branch to serve the event. The station opened and closed intermittently, and was renamed twice, to Wood Lane
(White City) in 1920 and White City in 1947, before it closed in 1959 following fire damage.
In 2005 work commenced on the large-scale Westfield Shopping Centre. As part of the work, improvements were made to public transport including rebuilding Shepherd’s Bush Central line station, a new Shepherd’s Bush railway station and two bus interchanges. It was decided to build a new station on the Hammersmith & City line, just south-west of the old Metropolitan station on Wood Lane
. In 2006 Transport for London decided on the name Wood Lane
, reviving a historical name. This was the first time that a new station on the Tube had been given the name of a former station.
The station is close to the former BBC Television Centre
and Loftus Road
stadium is also nearby.
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Wood Lane, W12 Wood Lane runs from Shepherd’s Bush to Wormwood Scrubs and lies wholly in London W12.
Shepherd's Bush is an area of west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Although it is primarily residential in character, its focus is the shopping area of Shepherd's Bush Green, with the Westfield shopping centre lying a short distance to the north. The main thoroughfares are Uxbridge Road, Goldhawk Road and Askew Road, all containing a large number of small and mostly independent shops, pubs and restaurants. The Loftus Road
football stadium in Shepherd's Bush is home to Queens Park Rangers F.C.. In 2011, the population of the area was 39,724.
The district is bounded by Hammersmith to the south, Holland Park and Notting Hill to the east, Harlesden to the north and by Acton and Chiswick to the west. White City forms the northern part of Shepherd's Bush. Shepherd's Bush comprises the Shepherd's Bush Green, Askew, and White City wards.