A brief introduction to London’s underground railways and land use


  • Nathan Darroch




Transport, land use, London Underground


The most common perception of London’s underground railways and land use is that the railway stimulated suburban development and growth of the city. However, the interface between the railway, private property interests, and urban and suburban development is much more complicated than this. This paper introduces a brief overview of the interrelationship between the railway and land use in the central zone of London and some of the complexities involved with the presence of the railway and the development or use of adjoining lands. As this topic appears to be little discussed, evidence is used from London Underground records and specialist knowledge to form the argument that the topic should have greater discussion academically and practically.

Author Biography

Nathan Darroch

I am a Land & Vesting Engineer for London Underground and have two degrees from the University of York, both dissertations focusing on the development of the Underground and its interface with land use from an historical perspective. This specialist knowledge is employed within the Infrastructure Protection team of London Underground undertaking historical, legislative and legal research in to the Company’s property rights and interests. I hope to continue further academic research in Urban History, focusing on the sub-surface railways and land-use in London from the time of their construction to the present day. Additionally, it my aim to submit further papers to the Journal of Transport and Land Use to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the inter-face between London’s underground, land use and property development.




How to Cite

Darroch, N. (2014). A brief introduction to London’s underground railways and land use. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 7(1), 105–116. https://doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.v7i1.411