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Jubilee Line

The Jubilee Line is a line of the London Underground, coloured grey on the Tube map.

It was opened on May 1, 1979, taking up one of the Bakerloo Line's two branches to relieve congestion on its common portion. The Baker Street - Stanmore branch was joined to a new 4 km segment into central London, with a terminus at a new station, Charing Cross.

Prior to this, there had already been a Charing Cross station, on the Circle, District, Bakerloo and Northern lines. This was renamed Embankment. The new Charing Cross station created a new interchange, amalgamating the stations of Strand on the Northern Line and Trafalgar Square on the Bakerloo.

The new line was to have been called the Fleet Line, but on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee in 1977, the project was renamed. The choice of grey for the tube map, a colour not terribly distinct from the black of the Northern, is presumably meant to represent silver.

The Jubilee line of 1979 was meant to be only the first phase of the project, but lack of funds meant the line stayed the same until the late 1990s. Phase 2 would have extended the line along Fleet Street, to Aldwych and then across the River Thames to Lewisham.

Changes in land use, in particular the urban regeneration of the Docklands area, meant that the project to extend the line beyond Charing Cross was changed considerably in the 1990s. The Jubilee Line Extension[?], opened in three stages in 1999 split from the existing line at Green Park, creating a one-station branch to Charing Cross which is now closed.

Stations in order from west to east

Splits into two branches

Charing Cross branch

Stratford branch

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