Macfarlane Place, W12
Road in/near Wood Lane, existing between 1864 and now
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Macfarlane Place - a road with two lifetimes.
Macfarlane Place began its life as a farm track which ran from Wood Lane
to Old Oak Farm
Supported by the Metropolitan Railway and the Great Western Railway, the Hammersmith & City Railway was built from the GWR’s main line a mile west of Paddington station to Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith. Built on viaduct largely across open fields, the line opened on 13 June 1864.
The viaduct crossed the farm track but as at did so, Macfarlane Place was created between it and Wood Lane
After a 60 year hiatus, Macfarlane Place then became a new pedestrian-only street which cut through the BBC Television Centre
car park after the Centre was redeveloped.
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Wood Lane station, MacFarlane Place entrance (1937)
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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.