Wanstead London Underground
Northern entrance
Wanstead is located in Greater London
Location of Wanstead in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Redbridge
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Decrease 2.71 million[1]
2019Increase 2.77 million[2]
2020Decrease 1.14 million[3]
2021Increase 1.18 million[4]
2022Increase 1.88 million[5]
Key dates
1942-1945Tunnels used as munition factory by Plessey company
14 December 1947Opened
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°34′32″N 0°01′44″E / 51.575556°N 0.028889°E / 51.575556; 0.028889
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Wanstead is a London Underground station in Wanstead in the London Borough of Redbridge, east London. on the Hainault loop of the Central line. Towards Central London the next station is Leytonstone. Towards Woodford it is Redbridge. It is in Travelcard Zone 4. It opened on 14 December 1947 as an extension of the Central line to form the new part of the Hainault loop.


The extension of the Central line eastwards from Liverpool Street was first proposed in 1935 by the London Passenger Transport Board.[6] The station at Wanstead George Green would be one of three stations in Tube tunnel between Leytonstone and Newbury Park.[6]

Construction of the station began in the mid 1930s, but was delayed by the onset of World War II. The incomplete tunnels between Wanstead and Gants Hill to the east were used for munitions production by Plessey between 1942 and 1945.[7][8] The station was finally opened on 14 December 1947. The building, like the other two below ground stations on the branch, was designed by architect Charles Holden. It kept its original wooden escalator until 2003, one of the last Tube stations to do so.[9]

The station has been extensively refurbished since 2006, including the replacement of the original platform wall tiling, which had become badly damaged.

According to rumours, the site of William Penn's Home in Wanstead was on that of the station.


The station is served by London Buses routes[10] 66, 101, 145, 308, W12, W13 and W14, and also by night routes N8 and N55.



  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. ^ a b North East London Electrification report upon the extension of the Central London line and train services. London Passenger Transport Board. 1935.
  7. ^ "Plessey: The Tube's secret wartime underground factory". www.ltmuseum.co.uk. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  8. ^ Dearden, Lizzie (10 November 2012). "Remembrance Sunday: The secret munitions factory in the underground tunnels at Gants Hill". Ilford Recorder.
  9. ^ "Wanstead - Labyrinth". Art at Transport for London. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2023.
  10. ^ "Map" (PDF). tfl.gov.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Leytonstone Central line Redbridge
towards Hainault or Woodford