Buckhurst Hill London Underground
Station entrance
Buckhurst Hill is located in Essex
Buckhurst Hill
Buckhurst Hill
Location of Buckhurst Hill in Essex
LocationBuckhurst Hill
Local authorityDistrict of Epping Forest
Number of platforms2
Fare zone5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Decrease 2.15 million[2]
2019Decrease 1.86 million[3]
2020Decrease 0.86 million[4]
2021Increase 1.07 million[5]
2022Increase 1.68 million[6]
Key dates
22 August 1856 (1856-08-22)Opened
6 January 1966Goods yard closed[7]
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°37′36″N 0°02′49″E / 51.62666°N 0.04694°E / 51.62666; 0.04694
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Buckhurst Hill is a London Underground station, in the Epping Forest district of Essex. It is served by the Central line and is between Woodford and Loughton. It is the larger of the two Underground stations in the town of Buckhurst Hill, with Roding Valley station being the smaller. It is the only London Underground station located in Zone 5 but not in a London Borough.


The station in 1961

The station opened on 22 August 1856 as part of the Eastern Counties Railway branch from London to Loughton. It originally had staggered platforms, with the main buildings on the down side (tracks heading away from London). The 1856 station house survives to the south of the present platforms, but most of the present station dates from 1892, when the entrance was moved to Victoria Road. The building is similar to that at Billericay. Both were designed by W. N. Ashbee, the chief architect of the Great Eastern Railway,[8] of which the station was a part, which was, from 1923, to become part of the London and North Eastern Railway.

The station was transferred to London Underground ownership as part of the New Works Programme, 1935-1940 scheme that saw the electrification of the branch to form part of the Central line. This occurred on 21 November 1948. The station maintains its late Victorian ambiance to a surprising extent.

When the line was electrified a pedestrian underpass was built in order to connect the two parts of Queens Road previously joined by a level crossing. At the same time a pair of exit/entrances to the south of the station were built giving direct access to Lower Queens Road and Queens Road via the new underpass. These exits were closed in 1982, but reopened in May 2018 in order to provide access to the station for mobility impaired passengers.

For the purposes of fare charging it is in Zone 5. As of 2007 it is the only station on the eastern portion of the Central line in that zone. Passengers travelling from the station leaving in either direction must cross a zone boundary.



  1. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. April 2024. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 May 2024. Retrieved 3 June 2024.
  2. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 14 January 2023. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2022. Transport for London. 4 October 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  7. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be – freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News (591). London Underground Railway Society: 175–183. ISSN 0306-8617.
  8. ^ Kay, Peter (2006). Essex Railway Heritage. Wivenhoe UK: Peter Kay. pp. 28–29. ISBN 978-1-899890-40-8.
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Woodford Central line
Epping branch
towards Epping
Historical railways
Line and station open
  Great Eastern Railway
Eastern Counties Railway
Loughton branch
Line and station open