Joe Strummer Rain Gardens

Article updated: 14 April 2024.

Work will now start to create the rain gardens at the Joe Strummer subway in May 2024, following urgent utility works taking place in nearby Chapel Street.

The subway network was closed by Transport for London back in September 2018, due to anti-social behaviour and crime. This was followed by proposals to create one of London’s biggest sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS), by using three of the four ramps as planted gardens to collect rainwater and prevent localsed surface flooding. The fourth set of ramps, next to M&S, will be retained by TfL for access and maintenance to the subway SUDS system.

The work will take place in several phases, starting with the two northern sections, outside the former Paddington Green Police station and the Bakerloo line station. The third section, outside the Hilton London Metropole, will then follow.

The entrance to the subway next to the Hilton London Metropole.

The planting timetable will also be delivered in a phased manner, with each set of rain gardens being planted at different times, based on their aspect and the planting season. The gardens next to Bakerloo line station will be planted first and the gardens next to the Hilton London Metropole will be planted last. Trees will be seen first, before plants are added to the rain gardens later in the year.

The construction period is expected to last until 11 July 2024. On weekdays and Saturdays work will take place between 0800 and 1800. There will be no works on Sundays.

There will be lane closures in place on all approaches to the junction around the Marylebone Flyover during construction phases. If driving, please allow more time for your journey. Northbound bus stop EM (Edgware Road Station) affecting bus routes 6, 16, 98, N32, and N98 will be suspended. Bus stop EN (Church Road Market, the next stop north of EM) serving these routes will remain unaffected.

Once the rain gardens, funded by TfL and Thames Water, are completed and fully planted, Marble Arch BID will fund their ongoing maintenance. The rain gardens, comprising 259 sq m, will host 12 new trees, over 300 shrubs, and more than 10,000 bulbs.

Joe Strummer Rain Gardens
Joe Strummer Rain Gardens
Joe Strummer Rain Gardens
Joe Strummer Rain Gardens

The ramp of the subway near Edgware Road Bakerloo line station.

Joe Strummer Rain Gardens

SUDS scheme in Camden.

Joe Strummer Rain Gardens

SUDS in Tower Hamlets.