Acton Main Line railway station

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This article is about the National Rail station on the Great Western Main Line. For other stations in Acton, see Acton station (disambiguation).
Acton Main Line
National Rail
Acton main line ticket hall.jpg
Entrance and ticket office seen from Horn Lane
Acton Main Line is located in Greater London
Acton Main Line
Acton Main Line
Location of Acton Main Line in Greater London
Location Acton
Local authority London Borough of Ealing
Grid reference TQ203812
Managed by First Great Western
Station code AML
Number of platforms 3
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 0.336 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 0.264 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 0.347 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 0.350 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.384 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Key dates
1 February 1868 (1868-02-01) Opened as Acton
1 November 1949 Renamed Acton Main Line
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
Portal icon London Transport portal
Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°31′02″N 0°16′00″W / 51.5171°N 0.2668°W / 51.5171; -0.2668

Acton Main Line railway station is a National Rail railway station in Acton in west London.

It is the first National Rail station on the Great Western Main Line out of the terminus at London Paddington. The station is served by local trains operated by First Great Western between Paddington and Greenford. It is in Travelcard Zone 3.[2]


Acton Main Line was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 February 1868.[3] It was operated by the Western Region of British Railways following nationalisation in 1948. On 1 November 1949, it was renamed Acton Main Line.[3]

One of the original platforms (platform 1) has been demolished, as a result of which the current three platforms are numbered 2, 3, and 4.

Acton Main Line, together with the underground stations at West Acton and North Acton, serves the Great Western Railway garden estate. This large area of family housing, bordered on three sides by the stations named, and on the fourth side by the A40 road, was developed by the Great Western Railway in the 1920s to accommodate its staff, particularly drivers from the Old Oak Common depot.[4]

When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the Privatisation of British Railways in 1993.

All Intercity Trains pass through on the Great Western Main Line.

The current station building was completed in 1996, together with extensive renovation of the adjacent bridge on Horn Lane throughout 1995–96.

In mid-2013, a gated barrier was built between the entire length of platforms 2 and 3.


The typical off-peak service from the station is:

There is no Sunday service.

Forthcoming improvements[edit]

Crossrail trains will call at Acton Main Line, with 4 services an hour in both the peak and off-peak.[5] Services are expected to commence in 2018.[6] To accommodate Crossrail services, various alterations will be made by Network Rail:

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Horn Lane
  • Step-free access between street level and all platforms via a new footbridge with stairs and two lifts
  • Platforms 2–4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including a new canopy on platform 4, along with information and security systems.[7]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ A. Jowett (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas. Atlantic Publishing. 
  3. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ See section "The Railway Expansion" at Acton History.
  5. ^ "Western section". Crossail. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Capital's key services protected, says Johnson". The Press Association. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Crossrail Station Design Contract Awarded". Crossrail. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Paddington   First Great Western
Greenford Branch Line
Mondays — Saturday only
  Ealing Broadway
  Future service  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Line 1
towards Abbey Wood or Shenfield
Future service if a station is built at Old Oak Common (e.g. for HS2
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Line 1
towards Abbey Wood or Shenfield
Historical railways
Ealing Broadway
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Main Line
  Westbourne Park
Line and station open
Great Western Railway
West London Railway
St. Quintin Park and Wormwood Scrubs
Line and station closed