West Acton London Underground
West Acton is located in Greater London
West Acton
West Acton
Location of West Acton in Greater London
LocationWest Acton
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Decrease 1.59 million[1]
2019Increase 1.71 million[2]
2020Decrease 0.84 million[3]
2021Decrease 0.71 million[4]
2022Increase 1.10 million[5]
Railway companies
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Key dates
5 November 1923Station opened
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°31′05″N 0°16′51″W / 51.51806°N 0.28083°W / 51.51806; -0.28083
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West Acton is a London Underground station between Ealing Broadway and North Acton on the Ealing Broadway branch of the Central line, and is its only intermediate station. The station is a Grade II listed building.[6] It is located in West Acton in Travelcard Zone 3. The station is close to North Ealing tube station on the Piccadilly line, 550 metres away at the western end of Queens Drive.

History

As Transport for London explains:[7]

On 18 August 1911, the Central London Railway abandoned its policy of no through running with any other railway, and secured powers to build a short extension from Wood Lane to connect with the intended Ealing & Shepherds Bush line of the Great Western Railway, over which it proposed to exercise running powers.

The Great Western Railway (GWR) built the Ealing Broadway branch (the western part of the former Ealing & Shepherd's Bush Railway) and opened it for freight trains in April 1917, and the Central London Railway trains used the line from 3 August 1920.[8] West Acton and North Acton were built and owned by the GWR, and both opened on 5 November 1923.[9]

GWR steam freight trains also ran through West Acton until 1938, when the London Underground tracks were segregated further east, through East Acton station, and to the west of North Acton station.

The current station, replacing the original building, was designed by the Great Western Railway, on behalf of London Transport, as part of the LPTB's 1935-40 New Works Programme improvements and extensions to the Central line. The design was by the GWR's architect Brian Lewis and it was completed by November 1940.[10]

Connections

London Buses route 218 serves the station.[11]

Gallery

References

  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. ^ "16 London Underground Stations Listed at Grade II". English Heritage. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  7. ^ Transport for London : Central line facts
  8. ^ Day, John R.; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (10th ed.). Harrow: Capital Transport. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-85414-316-7.
  9. ^ Day & Reed 2008, p. 91
  10. ^ Underground Architecture: David Lawrence: Capital Transport: Harrow: 1994: p144
  11. ^ "Buses from Ealing Common" (PDF). TfL. 15 July 2023. Retrieved 14 July 2023.
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Ealing Broadway
Terminus
Central line
Ealing Broadway branch
North Acton