Two original 1930’s signs directing people to Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale Underground stations have been restored and reinstated by Transport for London.
The signs have undergone a comprehensive restoration process; sign cases have been reconstructed, existing panels have been replaced in original graphic style and poles have been treated and recoated in their initial colour.
Hailing the restoration Mike Ashworth, LU Design and Heritage Manager he was “delighted that the signs have been fully restored and are back on public display for all to admire.”
“Not only do they serve a practical purpose in directing passengers to Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue stations, but they are fantastic examples of the Underground’s rich design history.”
Completion of the restoration coincides with the Bakerloo line centenary celebrations taking place this year. The line retains many of its heritage features, such as at Maida Vale station where there are examples of early Underground roundels in the station’s foyer and a metal staircase balustrade with timber handrails.
Philip Davies, Planning and Development Director (South) at English Heritage, said: “We are delighted that LU have restored these rare pieces of street furniture and reinstated the original Underground signs.”
“They are an important part of the history of London’s Underground and are a notable London landmark.”