- Oval tube station
The station entrance viewed from Kennington Park
Location of Oval in Greater London
Location Kennington Local authority London Borough of Lambeth Managed by London Underground Owner London Underground Number of platforms 2 Fare zone 2 London Underground annual entry and exit 2008 5.920 million 2009 5.792 million 2010 5.630 million 18 December 1890 Opened (C&SLR) Early 1920s Station building rebuilt List of stations Underground · National Rail
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). Additionally, it is one of only three stations on the Underground whose name alternates vowels and consonants. Oval station is in Travelcard Zone 2. It is named after 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.
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.
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