Integrated Design

Escalators

Escalators at Leicester Square underground station showing up lighters

Photograph by Topical Press
Architect: Charles Holden (1875-1960) for Adams Holden & Pearson
Copyright: Transport for London, Collection of London Transport Museum


As part of the modernisation of the Underground during the 1920s and 1930s, many stations were fitted with escalators to make passenger access to the platforms quicker and more efficient. This photograph shows the new escalators at Leicester Square, then the longest on the system, with Holden's uplighter lamps. The escalators were examples of the latest technology, developed by the American company Otis.
 
 
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