Spencer Avenue, UB4
Area might date from the first world war period. Most of the urban landscape is interwar
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Spencer Avenue is a road in the UB4 postcode area
18, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode 23, UB1 A street within the UB4 postcode Craven Close, UB4 Craven Close is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area. Keats Close, UB4 Keats Close is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area. Manor Road, UB3 Manor Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area. Rectory Road, UB3 Rectory Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area. The Warren, UB4 The Warren is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area. Warley Road, UB4 Warley Road is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area. Wyatt Close, UB4 Wyatt Close is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
Wembley Park is a London Underground station, the nearest Underground station to the Wembley Stadium complex.
Tracks were laid through the area by the Metropolitan Railway (MR, now the Metropolitan Line) when it extended its services from Willesden Green to Harrow-on-the-Hill. Services to Harrow started on 2 August 18
80 although Wembley Park station was not constructed until later.
The station was constructed to serve the pleasure grounds developed by the MR at Wembley Park, a former country estate bought by the company in 18
81 as a destination for excursion trips on the company’s trains. The station opened for the first time on 14 October 18
93 and initially operated to serve only Saturday football matches in the park. It opened fully on 12 May 18
Later in the 18
90s, the Great Central Railway’s (GCR’s) London extension was constructed adjacent to the MR’s tracks. The tracks pass under the entrance building but the station has never been served by mainline operators. In 1905 the tracks were electrified and the first electric trains became operational. Between 1913 and 1915, the MR added additional tracks to double the line’s capacity.
On 10 December 1932, the MR opened a branch line north from Wembley Park to Stanmore.
Originally, the MR served all stations south from Wembley Park to Baker Street station but the line suffered from congestion due to limited capacity on the tracks heading into Baker Street. Following the combination of the MR and London’s other underground railways to form the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) in 1933, the LPTB took steps to alleviate the congestion by constructing new Bakerloo Line tunnels from Baker Street to connect to the Metropolitan’s tracks south of Finchley Road station. From 20 November 1939, the Bakerloo Line then took over the Metropolitan stopping services between Wembley Park and Finchley Road and the Stanmore branch.
To handle the exceptional passenger numbers associated with the 1948 Olympics held at Wembley Stadium, the original station building was extended and given a new ticket hall and additional circulation routes and platform stairs. At the opening of the Jubilee Line on 1 May 1979, the Bakerloo service from Baker Street to Stanmore was transferred to the new line.
When the UEFA European Football Championship was held at Wembley in 1996, a large staircase was constructed leading down from the 1948 extension and under the newly-built Bobby Moore Bridge, which had opened in 1993. This was intended as a temporary structure and remained in its unfinished state until 2004, when extensive work began on the station in conjunction with the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium. Additional facilities were provided to handle event crowds, and the staircase was completed in time for the opening of the new stadium in 2007.