I was going to say … these are more ghosts than dreams?
True. It is interesting that this line is the one with many ghosts! I’m sure you know how it came about.
OK. When it was planned the line was actually two plans joined together. One went from the Strand up to Finsbury park, the other from Holborn towards Hammersmith. By the time they were dug, tracked and the lifts fitted to the stations, the 1906 public saw one system, but with a lot of stations where each line-end would have been.
And then what happened?
Well, the public voted with their feet, and some stations were lyres popular than others.
I bet it was annoying for the passengers if the tube trains has to keep stopping at stations where no one got on or off either?
Yes, so much that some Piccadilly line trains were run as limited stop services. And then -after 25 years mind – came the escalators. Almost all of the stations has their lifts replaced by escalators, but it just was not cost effective for them to have new moving stairs and station buildings.
So they closed?
Yes, the three on the above firm in 1932 and 34. The shuttle service from Aldwich to Holborn hung on until the early 1990s, and is now just a glorified sidings.
Doesn’t Covent Garden seem like a odd station to keep?
Yes, it’s very like Brompton Road and Down Street with its lifts and close proximity to Leicester Square station. Just without the internationally famous name, I guess?
Wouldn’t York Road make a fine station today?
You would have thought so. Rather than being in a run-down railway goods yard, is back in middle of a popular redevelopment area. Three problems, however: that section of the Piccadilly line is already packed out, the existing station and lifts are unsuitable for conversion to escalators, and the platforms don’t match current safety standards.
Tell me more?
Disused Stations: Kings Cross York Road Station and York Road are good places to start and also Mayor’s Questions – 02/09: The Underground – London Reconnections. Picture from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:YorkRoad1.jpg