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Green Lanes Ventilation Station

The picture shows the ventilation station on the Piccadilly line between Manor House and Turnpike Lane stations.

Green Lanes Ventilation Station

Green Lanes Ventilation Station

Note that it actually looks like a station, although its purpose is only ventilation. According to Wikipedia, it was intended to be a station.

It was also planned to build a station between Manor House and Turnpike Lane at the junction of Green Lanes and St Ann’s Road in Harringay, but this was stopped by Frank Pick, who felt that the bus and tram service at this point was adequate. However, a ‘Ventilation station’, in similar architectural style to tube stations of the time was provided at the site, and is visible today.

But all we have today is the ventilation station!

Frank Pick’s assertion about the buses and trams probably doesn’t hold today, as although the 29s and 141s are fairly numerous, they can get crowded.

The gaps between stations is long too and there is a plan to move Manor House station to the Victoria line and build a new station underneath Harringay Green Lanes station. I doubt it will happen in the near future. If ever!

January 11, 2013 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


  1. That’s Harringay ventilation station on Green Lanes! [ :o) ]

    The Wikipedia info is correct – see one of my Wikipedia articles on Harringay with references to support this ––present)#The_Tube.

    By the time the Piccadilly Line extension was built the site at the corner of St Ann’s Rd and Green Lanes was occupied by the Coliseum cinema. It was no longer an option. The picture you show is at the corner of Colina Road and Green Lanes. This was most likely the proposed site and not the corner of St Ann’s. (By the way in an old Organ manufactory, just behind here is where Majestic Wines got their start).

    Comment by Harringay Online | January 12, 2013 | Reply

    • I can remember the area before all the pedestrian lights went in. It was much freer. I used to go regularly to the area to see my great uncle, Charlie. He’d been some Colonial policeman in Nigeria, I think.

      Comment by AnonW | January 12, 2013 | Reply

  2. Funny you should mention pedestrian lights. Harringay was the trial area for a new type of pedestrian traffic control back in 1963. See here:

    Comment by Harringay Online | January 12, 2013 | Reply

    • If I remember correctly there were a lot more crossings than there are today and I seem to remember they were computer-controlled, so people could drive through at 30 mph. Drivers felt they were a real nuisance.

      Comment by AnonW | January 12, 2013 | Reply

  3. […] is a ventilation station at the junction of Green Lanes and St. Ann’s Road. This was put in, as it’s a long way between Turnpike Lane and Manor House […]

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