Hanwell Elizabeth line
Hanwell is located in Greater London
Location of Hanwell in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Managed byElizabeth line[1]
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeHAN
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms3
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 0.389 million[3]
2019–20Increase 0.460 million[3]
2020–21Decrease 0.182 million[3]
2021–22Increase 0.541 million[3]
2022–23Increase 0.922 million[3]
Key dates
1 December 1838Opened as Hanwell
1 April 1896Renamed Hanwell and Elthorne
6 May 1974Renamed Hanwell
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′42″N 0°20′20″W / 51.5116°N 0.3389°W / 51.5116; -0.3389
 London transport portal

Hanwell railway station serves the town of Hanwell in the London Borough of Ealing. It is 7 miles 28 chains (11.8 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between West Ealing and Southall.

All trains serving Hanwell are operated by the Elizabeth line, having taken over the Heathrow Connect stopping services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport, and Great Western Railway local services between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington from the 20 May 2018 timetable change. From the 17 May 2020 timetable change, Hanwell station gained a Sunday service.[4] In November 2021 the Ealing Civic Society recognized the quality of the renovations to the station building by awarding the station the society's annual award.[5][6]


The station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway which opened on 4 June 1838, although Hanwell station was not ready until December of that year;[7] it opened on 1 December.[8] From 1 March 1883, the station was served by District Railway services running between Mansion House and Windsor; the service was discontinued as uneconomic after 30 September 1885.[9][10] The station was renamed Hanwell and Elthorne on 1 April 1896, and reverted to Hanwell on 6 May 1974.[8] Re-built circa 1875–77 some 250m east of its original location at the time the main line was quadrupled, it has been declared a grade II listed building by English Heritage.[11]

The south entrance was closed in the 1970s, but reopened in December 2014 with funding from Ealing Council and Transport for London.[12]

As part of the Crossrail project, Hanwell station gained step-free access via lifts from platform to ticket office level in early 2020.[13][14]


Original name board on Platform 3 in 2021

The station is sited a short distance east of the Grade I listed Wharncliffe Viaduct.

Some of the original station nameboards with the pre-1974 name Hanwell and Elthorne are still on the platforms.


As of the May 2023 timetable, the typical Monday to Friday off-peak Elizabeth line service is:[15]

A Sunday service was introduced at the station in May 2020. Prior to this, the station was closed on Sundays.[4]

From October 2008, Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys originating or ending at Hanwell.[16]

Preceding station Elizabeth line Following station
Southall Elizabeth line
West Ealing
towards Abbey Wood
Historical railways
Preceding station London Underground Following station
towards Windsor
District line West Ealing


London Buses route E3 serves the station.[17]


  1. ^ Station facilities for Hanwell
  2. ^ "Hanwell Station Plan". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  4. ^ a b "Paddington to Heathrow Airport and Reading" (PDF). Transport for London. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  5. ^ Yamani, Louis (12 November 2021). "Hanwell Station Wins Ealing Civic Society's 2021 Annual Award". Hounslow Herald. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Historic Hanwell station honoured in Ealing Civic Society awards". Ealing Times. 10 November 2021. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  7. ^ MacDermot, E. T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. 1 (1833–1863) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway.
  8. ^ a b Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 113. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  9. ^ Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0.
  10. ^ Day, John R.; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (10th ed.). Harrow: Capital Transport. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-85414-316-7.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Hanwell Station, main up side building and down side island platform (1358787)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  12. ^ Ealing Council. "Second entrance at Hanwell Station reopens". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Hanwell station now step-free after makeover". This Is Local London. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  14. ^ Council, Ealing. "Ealing Council download - Hanwell station - Crossrail complementary measures consultation | Council and local decisions | Consultations | Past consultations | Past consultations 2019". www.ealing.gov.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Elizabeth line timetable: 21 May to 9 December 2023" (PDF). Transport for London. 21 May 2023. Retrieved 23 May 2023.
  16. ^ "Oyster PAYG on National Rail" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2009.
  17. ^ "Buses from Hanwell and Ealing Hospital" (PDF). TfL. 15 July 2023. Retrieved 14 July 2023.