Newest Review: ... in the summer though!! Well, that is to say, when we have had extreme temperatures; the Northern Line is unbelievably hot; there is no air... more
It often lives up to its nickname.... the misery line!!
Member Name: annie47
Advantages: If running well, trains are regular and central london can be reached quickly and easily
Disadvantages: Too overcrowded at peak times; like a sauna in hot weather; too many signal failures and delays.
I have lived in North West London for most of my life so far.... thats over 40 years and have what i would call the misfortune to have had to travel on the Northern line for both work and for going out and about.
When i was little i remember getting the train from up London to Mill Hill East Station; we always had to wait about 30 minutes for a train going there. In those days The Northern Line trains were all red. As a child i used to wave to the Northern line train drivers on a bridge in Finchley Central. I also have some sad memories of Finchley Central station.. but i wont go into that!
The Northern line was actually originally started in 1890! but its current layout was built through 1920's to 1930's.
The Northern line is the black coloured line on London Underground Tube maps. There are various branches to the Northern line; High Barnet, Edgware, Morden, Camden Town, Charing Cross.
Much of the Northern line is underground with surprisingly little being overground, even though the lines runs out into the suburbs of part of North and South London.
All in all i have probably spent about 6 working years travelling to and from work on 'The misery line'. To be honest, i have to admit, its great for getting to Central London. You can be in Leicester Square in about 30 minutes from East Finchley Station. However, it is not infrequent for the line to have signal problems/failures. Just the other day; on Sunday to be exact; i had the bright idea of me and my partner going to Edgware to collect a Television for my partner. I had pre ordered it from Argos and just had to collect it. My partner didn't feel like going and said he would pick it up on the Monday. I said, why don't we get it over and done with today. We could have gone by bus; but we thought it would be alot quicker by tube, considering it was a Sunday...... how wrong we were!!!
The first part of the journey to Camden Town was fine; we got there in about 20 minutes. We then had to change lines and basically sort of go back on ourselves to the part of the Northern line that goes to Edgware. Just to change the story for a bit... that is something that really annoys me about the Northern line. You cannot easily get to Edgware.. well not directly. You basically have to go into London (Camden Town) and then go back out again! You see the part of The Northern line we live on is on The High Barnet Branch and to get to Edgware you must of course take The Edgware branch. It would be so much simpler, if when they made this line... it went straight across to Edgware, but alas it doesn't. Anyway, we tried to transfer to The Edgware branch at Camden Town. We waited and waited; the first train was only going to Hampstead, and after that...... nothing! We decided to go out of the station to have a cigarrette, and on the way asked what was wrong with the trains. Nobody seemed to know, other than 3 trains were apparently 'stuck in the tunnel'.
We went back down and waited again.... noticing police, ambulance crews and TFL staff on the platform, along with lots of bottles of water. Eventually we were told there were no trains; we decided to go back home... neither of us were amused (still at least we hadn't been stuck in the tunnel for almost an hour like some other poor passengers!!) . In the end it turned out this was all due to signal failure and basically there were no trains now running. Unfortunately we had to get 2 buses home from Camden Town!!!!
When i used to travel to work there were often problems with this line usually re signal failures.
Overall the whole of the Underground is like hell on Earth in the rush hour(s) as i am sure those of you who have commuted into and out of London, will know! Just try it in the summer though!! Well, that is to say, when we have had extreme temperatures; the Northern Line is unbelievably hot; there is no air conditioning and TFL have stated that it is not possible for the Northern line to be fitted with Air con (unlike the Metropolitan line and later the Hammersmith & City, District and Circle lines). Apparently the Northern lines tunnels are too low for an air conditioning system to be viable. Sometimes commuters will faint or become ill whilst traveling in such heat and in such cramped and overcrowded conditions. It is essential that in such hot weather you ensure you travel with a bottle of water if going on this line in any case.
Edgware Branch; High Barnet Branch;
Edgware High Barnet
Burnt Oak Totteridge & Whetstone
Colindale Woodside Park
Hendon Central West Finchley
Brent Cross Finchley Central
Golders Green East Finchley
Belsize Park Archway
Chalk Farm Tufnell Park
Camden Town Kentish Town and Camden Town
~~~The tiny Mill Hill East Station is the last station branching off from Finchley Central station~~~
Trains will then either continue via Morden or Via Charing Cross going through either Mornington Crescent and Euston ( for Charing Cross Branch) or Kings Cross (For Bank branch)
Trains then end up at Kennington followed by ;
South Wimbledon and finally Morden
There was an incident which i couldn't quite believe when i first heard, that happened in 2010. I remember listening to the local news. A Northern line maintenance train 'travelled 4 miles in 13 minutes without the driver'!! Luckily no one was injured. Th train was actually being towed when it became detached and was totally empty, but this could have been a disaster under different circumstances.
Unfortunately i wont be giving the Northern line many stars; i have used it for such a long time and in my view there hasn't been very much improvement. However, if everything runs smoothly trains are frequent and you can get into Central London in a very quick time. I think it deserves 3 stars. I would love to be able to give it 5 some day, but i doubt that day will come!
Summary: Needs improving; good for easy reach to central London
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