Colindale London Underground
Entrance to Colindale Station
Colindale is located in Greater London
Location of Colindale in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Barnet
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Decrease 6.97 million[1]
2019Increase 7.70 million[2]
2020Decrease 4.34 million[3]
2021Decrease 3.43 million[4]
2022Increase 5.95 million[5]
Key dates
18 August 1924Opened (CCEHR)
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°35′44″N 0°15′00″W / 51.59556°N 0.25000°W / 51.59556; -0.25000
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Colindale is a London Underground station in Colindale, a suburb of north-west London. The station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern line, between Burnt Oak and Hendon Central stations, and is in Travelcard Zone 4.


The station opened on 18 August 1924[6] on the north side of Colindale Avenue, on what was then the 'Hampstead and Highgate Line', the first station of the second section of the extension to Edgware. The platforms were located underneath the east–west road, not just on one side, and the station had a classical style building designed by Underground Architect Stanley Heaps.[7] The opening of the station spurred the development of Colindale.[8]

T. E. Lawrence regularly used the station when he was stationed at the nearby Hendon Aerodrome, and it was the source of the pen name "Colin Dale" which he used to submit articles for The Spectator during 1927 and 1928.[9][10]

Colindale tube station was severely damaged during The Blitz. At 8:45 pm on 25 September 1940 the station was hit by a large bomb. Two trains with a total of 400 people on board were at the station at the time of the explosion, and 13 people were killed.[11][12] Nine rescue parties worked through the night to rescue the survivors, and the station was visited on 26 September by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.[11] A plaque in the ticket hall notes the event.[13]

The simple temporary timber structure erected after the bombing[14] actually lasted longer than the original building as it was not replaced until 1962 when a new building was constructed incorporating shops.[15] As part of the removal of Colindale Station House in the mid 2010s, the 1962 building was reclad.[16]

Station rebuild

Since 2010, over 6,000 homes have been built in Colindale, including the redevelopment of the Hendon Police College.[17][18] Barnet Council noted in 2019 that the use of the station had risen by 88% since 2009,[19] and the population of Colindale ward had grown by 70%.[17] Areas around the station were planned for substantial redevelopment, with over 10,000 new homes.[20]

As part of the regeneration, agreement was reached between Barnet Council, Transport for London, property developers and the HM Government Levelling Up Fund to fund a new station building along with step-free access, built at a cost of £30 million.[21] Designed by BDP, the design was inspired by the Hendon Aerodrome, which closed in the 1960s.[7][22] The new station building would replace the 1960s ticket hall, albeit located over the tracks rather than built to the side, as at present.[23] Two large towers with 300 new homes will also be built directly adjacent to the new station building.[7]

Consultation took place in 2018, with planning approval for the new station building in 2019.[7] Funding approval from HM Government was received in January 2024.[21] In February 2024, it was announced that the station would close temporarily from Friday 7 June 2024 until December 2024 to allow construction work to take place.[23][24]


The Royal Air Force Museum London is a popular destination for travellers going to Colindale. Located on the site of the former Hendon Aerodrome, the museum is around a ten minutes walk from the station.[25]

The British Library Newspaper Library was situated in Colindale until 2013. The Colindale tube station was also a popular destination for travellers intending to reach the shopping centre of Oriental City up until its closure.


The station is sometimes used as a terminus for trains travelling north, instead of them continuing to Edgware. Some regular off-peak service patterns in recent years have seen all trains joining the Edgware branch from the Bank branch terminating at Colindale. However, this was not the pattern in 2009. Reversal of trains at this station makes use of a turn-back siding, situated between the running lines north of the station.


London Buses routes 125, 204, 303 and night route N5 serve the station.



  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2022. Transport for London. 4 October 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  6. ^ Edwards, Dennis, Pigram, Ron (1986). London's Underground Suburbs. London: Baton Transport. p. 40. ISBN 0859362949.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ a b c d Mansfield, Ian (29 July 2019). "London Underground gets approval for Colindale station rebuild". ianVisits. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  8. ^ "Hendon and Golders Green". Pocket histories. London Borough of Barnet. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  9. ^ Mason, Mark (2011). Walk the lines. London: Random House. p. 238. ISBN 978-1847946539.
  10. ^ Dunn, Anna (2001). "Catalogue of the papers of T.E. Lawrence and A.W. Lawrence, c.1894-1985". University of Oxford, Bodleian Library.
  11. ^ a b O'Neill, Natalie (25 September 2012). "Ceremony for 72nd anniversary of bombing at Colindale tube station". Hendon & Finchley, Barnet & Potters Bar, Edgware Mill Bar Times. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  12. ^ "B/W print; Air raid damage at Colindale station, Northern line by Topical Press, 26 Sep 1940". London Transport Museum. Retrieved 12 February 2024. Air raid damage at Colindale station, Northern line. The extensive area of rubble seen in the photograph is all that remains of the station building after it was hit by a bomb on the previous night; 13 people were killed.
  13. ^ "Colindale Underground Station Blitz Memorial". Imperial War Museums. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  14. ^ "B/W print; Colindale Underground station, Northern line by Topical Press, 1940". London Transport Museum. Retrieved 12 February 2024. Exterior view of the entrance to the temporary wooden station which was built after the 1940 bombing of the original station building.
  15. ^ "B/W print; Colindale Underground station, Northern line by Colin Tait, 4 April 1963". London Transport Museum. Retrieved 12 February 2024. Building work was carried out in December 1962 to replace the temporary booking office and station which was destroyed by bombing in 1940.
  16. ^ "H/00343/09 | The demolition of Station House and construction of a 293 bed, part 6, part 13 storey Aparthotel of up to 8965sqm, together with a 369sqm restaurant (Use Class A3) and three ground floor commercial units (Use Class A1/A2/A3) totalling 780sqm with associated access, car parking and landscaping, retention of and alterations to the Colindale Underground station building and the provision of a new public square and a transport interchange incorporating bus stops, taxi rank and associated landscaping. | Land At Station House And Part Of Colindale Hospital, Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5HG". January 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  17. ^ a b Mansfield, Ian (19 December 2023). "Colindale and Leyton tube stations set for £43.1 million step-free upgrades". ianVisits. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  18. ^ Rosser, Emma (24 July 2020). "Green light for 1,200 homes at former police training ground". Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  19. ^ "Colindale Underground Station Supplementary Planning Document February 2019" (PDF). Retrieved 12 February 2024. There has been an 88% growth in use over the last 10 years
  20. ^ "Colindale". Barnet Council. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  21. ^ a b "MD3232 Levelling Up Fund - Colindale and Leyton stations | London City Hall". 31 January 2024. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  22. ^ "Colindale Station -". BDP. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  23. ^ a b "Colindale: Tube station to shut for building works". BBC News. 8 February 2024. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  24. ^ Crampton, Rosie (8 February 2024). "Colindale Tube station to close from June to December 2024 for major upgrade". RailBusinessDaily. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  25. ^ "Map and directions". Royal Air Force Museum London. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Burnt Oak
towards Edgware
Northern line
Hendon Central