Hidden tram station in central London to open for the first time in 70 years

A hidden tram station in central London will open to the public for the first time in 70 years this summer.

Kingsway station was opened in 1906 as part of slum clearance in the Holborn and Aldwych areas, but closed in 1952 and remained unused since.

The station was built by the London County Council and connected transport networks north and south of the Thames.

Once, a tunnel in the station included an underground stop for the trams next to Holborn tube station, which then headed towards Embankment and Waterloo.

Initially, Kingsway was used by single-height trams, but when double-decker trams emerged, the structure had to be altered in 1929.

Although trams were popular in the first half of the 20th century, they started to be replaced by buses and cars and 60 years ago the station was closed.

Surprisingly, more than half of the subway still exists to this day – complete with original features.

From August to September, people will be able to visit the platforms and halls of the Kingsway station thanks to a new tour organised by the London Transport Museum.

The tour, which lasts one hour and costs £45 per person, will take people through the fascinating history of the disused station.

The tunnel is tall and straight, and the original stone setts and tracks are still intact.

In 1998, the tunnel was used as the location of the Avengers’ base in the film starring actors Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes.

Siddy Holloway, the engagement manager at the London Transport Museum, said: “There are glimpses of the old glamour that still shine through.

“It closed in 1952 and has not been seen by the public ever since.”

Currently, tram networks in the capital only operate in Croydon, south London.

There have been proposals to run trams through Oxford Street as well, but they have not been followed through.

Tickets will be available on the London Transport Museum website from July 9.