Barons Court London Underground station. Picture: Nigel Thompson
January 9, 2024
Barons Court tube station is being lined up for refurbishment works and a splash of paint to improve the safety and appearance of the Edwardian stop. Transport for London (TfL) is hoping to not only repair the 120-year-old stop Hammersmith and Fulham, but to also update its colour scheme to reflect its role serving the District line.
Asked whether the application, submitted to the council, could result in any closures of the station, a TfL spokesperson said this will depend on the outcome of the submission. Built in 1904 to serve the Metropolitan District Railway, Barons Court is Grade-II listed for what TfL’s application describes as its ‘architectural and historical interest’.
Notable for its Baroque-style frontage and wooden platform benches, among other quirky features, the station today has both the Piccadilly and District lines running through it. TfL is proposing four streams of work for Barons Court Station; replacing the timber elements of its canopy, strengthening its columns, repainting the station in the District line colour of green, and general repair and refurbishment works.
For the canopy, the transport authority is looking to replace the timber with like-for-like materials, due to much of the existing structure being rotten. New glass is also suggested for the staircase due to cracked glazing, and the columns, which have suffered rust and water damage, are in need of repairs.
Unlike most District line stations, Barons Court is not decked out in the ‘appropriate colours’, TfL’s documents note. According to the London Underground Station Design Idiom, District line stations should adopt a colour scheme including the line’s iconic green, a discrepancy TfL is hoping to remedy.
“The current colour scheme is not thought to be original and changing this would have no effect on the significance of the building,” TfL writes. “Rather it would enhance the station and be a more authentic and appropriate colour scheme for a District line station.”
A TfL spokesperson said the exact areas due to be repainted, as with potential closures, will depend on the outcome of the submitted plans. According to the council’s planning portal, a decision is expected by 15 February.
Ben Lynch - Local Democracy Reporter