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Northbound trains usually terminate at Stanmore, Wembley Park and Willesden Green although additional turn back points are available at Finchley Road, West Hampstead and Neasden.The Metropolitan line is the only line to operate an express service although currently this is only Southbound in the morning peaks and Northbound in the evening peaks.The branch remained part of the Bakerloo line until , when similar congestion problems for the Bakerloo line caused by the two branches converging at Baker Street led to the opening of the Jubilee line, initially created by connecting the Stanmore branch to new tunnels bored between Baker Street and Charing Cross.Following refurbishment in the 1980s the original tiling scheme was replaced with tiles depicting the silhouette of Sherlock Holmes who lived at 221B, Baker Street.The replacement for the triangular building would also act as an emergency exit for the station.Tf L applied for planning permission and listed building consent for providing access to platforms 5 and 6 on 1 October 2008, but the application was subsequently withdrawn.These are arranged in a cross-platform interchange layout Since Swiss Cottage and St.John's Wood have replaced the former three stations between Finchley Road and Baker Street on the Metropolitan line, it takes an average of five and a half minutes to travel between them.
All Metropolitan line platforms can function as terminating tracks however under normal circumstance only dead ended platforms one and four are used as such.By the mid-1930s, the Metropolitan line was suffering from congestion caused by the limited capacity of its tracks between Baker Street and Finchley Road stations.To relieve this pressure, the network-wide New Works Programme, 1935–1940 included the construction of new sections of tunnel between the Bakerloo line's platforms at Baker Street and Finchley Road and the replacement of three Metropolitan line stations (Lord's, Marlborough Road and Swiss Cottage) between those points with two new Bakerloo stations (St. The Bakerloo line also took over the Metropolitan line's service to Stanmore on 20 November 1939.The Metropolitan lines platforms one to four were largely the result of the stations rebuild in the 1920s to cater for the increase in traffic on its outer suburban routes.Today the basic layout remains the same with platforms two and three being through tracks for City services to Aldgate from Amersham, Chesham and Uxbridge flanked by terminal platforms one and four which are the domain of services to and from Watford.
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Through a passage from platforms 1–2, this would also give step-free access to platform 5 (Circle and Hammersmith & City line eastbound trains).