Acton Central railway station

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Acton Central
London Overground
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Acton Central station building
Acton Central is located in Greater London
Acton Central
Acton Central
Location of Acton Central in Greater London
Location Acton
Local authority London Borough of Ealing
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code ACC
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 0.358 million[2]
2005–06 Increase 0.416 million[2]
2006–07 Increase 1.334 million[2]
2007–08 Decrease 1.009 million[2]
2008–09 Increase 1.112 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 0.957 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 1.340 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.818 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 2.238 million[2]
Key dates
1 November 1925 Station renamed Acton Central
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
Portal icon London Transport portal
Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°15′47″W / 51.5087°N 0.2630°W / 51.5087; -0.2630

Acton Central railway station is on the North London Line, between South Acton and Willesden Junction, in Travelcard Zone 3. It is also where trains change power supply from overhead line equipment (OHLE) to 3rd Rail or from 3rd rail to OHLE depending on direction of travel.

History[edit]

The Victorian Super Outer Circle route. Acton Central station is on the lower left, to the north of South Acton station

The station was opened as Acton on 1 August 1853[3] by the North and South Western Junction Railway (N&SWJR), but was renamed Acton Central on 1 November 1925.[4] The N&SWJR was leased jointly to the London and North Western Railway (LNWR), the Midland Railway (MR) and the North London Railway (NLR) from 1871, but only the NLR operated passenger trains on the N&SWJR until operation of the NLR (and thus of the N&SWJR also) was taken over by the LNWR in 1909.[5] Under the terms of the Railways Act 1921, the LNWR and MR amalgamated (together with some others) at the start of 1923 to form the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, which then absorbed both the NLR and the N&SWJR. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the Privatisation of British Railways.

Between 1875 and 1902 it was connected with St Pancras via the Dudding Hill Line, which branches off the North London Line between Acton Central and Willesden Junction. Harlesden (Midland) railway station was the next stop on the line north. The Dudding Hill Line is still open today, but only carries freight.

Acton Central station was named for closure by the 1963 Beeching Report,[6] also known as the Beeching Axe.

Acton Central was in Zone 2 until 2 January 2008.

In 2011, the platforms were lengthened to allow longer trains.

Service[edit]

There is a regular service westbound to Richmond and eastbound towards Stratford on the North London Line part of the London Overground.

Connections[edit]

London Buses Routes 70, 207, 266, 607, and Night Routes N7 and N207 serve the station.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London and South East" (pdf). National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden by T F T Baker, C R Elrington (Editors), Diane K Bolton, Patricia E C Croot, M A Hicks 1982
  4. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  5. ^ Casserley, H.C. (April 1968). Britain's Joint Lines. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 106. ISBN 0-7110-0024-7. 469 CEX 468. 
  6. ^ Beeching, Richard (27 March 1963). The Reshaping of British Railways Part 1: Report. London: HMSO. p. 109. http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docSummary.php?docID=13. Retrieved 24 March 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
towards Richmond
North London Line
towards Stratford
  Disused Railways  
South Acton   Midland Railway
Dudding Hill Line
  Harlesden (Midland)