Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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This is the 23rd station I've visited on the Jubilee Line. The station services both the Metropolitan and the Jubilee Lines. Until 1880 the Metropolitan Line only went as far as Willesden Green. In early 1879 work began to build an extension of the line to Harrow-on-the Hill but although trains passed through Wembley no station was built there as it was sparsely populated. However, the chairman of the Metropolitan Railway, Sir Edward Watkin, saw the land around Wembley as a business opportunity. He had a vision to create a pleasure ground for Londoners and to develop homes in the countryside from which people could 'commute' into town on his railway. His plan was to build a park that had numerous facilities including a tower bigger than the Eiffel Tower to be known as Watkin's Tower. Wembley Park station was built for the sole purpose of providing transport to and from the pleasure ground. The station opened in 1893 just on Saturdays to serve the football matches in the park. It was fully opened in May 1894. The Tower was never completed due to structural problems but the new pleasure grounds offered ornamental gardens, sports facilities, a music hall and bandstands as well as a boating lake. In 1895 it attracted 120,000 visitors.
This is the nearest station to the Wembley Stadium which has a capacity of 90,000 so although it looks very empty today, the new entrances/exits and extra lifts etc will be in great demand on event days.
As you exit the station you can see the broad avenue of the Olympic Way leading to the new Wembley Stadium.