Oval tube station

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Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 0°06′45″W / 51.4819°N 0.1125°W / 51.4819; -0.1125

Oval tube station in Kennington is a station on the Northern line of the London Underground between Stockwell and Kennington stations. It is the only station on the Morden branch of the Northern line whose name begins with a vowel and is one of only two stations on the London Underground with only four letters in its name (the only other being Bank). Oval station is in Travelcard Zone 2. It is named for The Oval, which it serves.

The station is located at the junction of Kennington Park Road (heading north-east), Camberwell New Road (south-east), Clapham Road (south west) and Harleyford Street (north west) and is about 500 yards from the Oval cricket ground. It opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the City & South London Railway. Also close by are Kennington Park and the imposing St. Mark's Church. The station has cricket-themed decorations, with murals, statues and banners all celebrating the illustrious game.

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History

The station building was rebuilt in the early 1920s when the line was modernised and was refurbished during late 2007/early 2008 at street level with a modern tiling scheme inside and out, giving the station a more modern look. Reflecting its proximity to the cricket ground, the internal decorative tiling features large images of cricketers in various stances.

Oval tube station was the intended site of one of the attempted London bombings on 21 July 2005.

Transport Links

London Bus routes 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 415, 436 and Night routes N133, N136, N155 and N159 all serve the station and its surrounding areas.

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