Acton Town tube station

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Acton Town London Underground
Acton Town is located in Greater London
Acton Town
Acton Town
Location of Acton Town in Greater London
Location Acton
Local authority London Borough of Ealing
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 4
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 5.43 million[2]
2011 Increase 5.46 million[2]
2012 Increase 5.58 million[2]
2013 Increase 5.75 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company District Railway
Key dates
1 July 1879 Opened as Mill Hill Park on line to Ealing Broadway
1 May 1883 Branch to Hounslow opened
13 June 1905 Branch to South Acton opened
1 March 1910 Renamed Acton Town
4 July 1932 Piccadilly line service to South Harrow commenced
9 January 1933 Piccadilly line service to Hounslow commenced
28 February 1959 Branch to South Acton closed
9 October 1964 District line service to Hounslow ceased
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1263471[3]
Added to list 17 May 1994
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°30′10″N 0°16′48″W / 51.5028°N 0.28°W / 51.5028; -0.28

Acton Town is a London Underground station in the south-west corner of Acton, west London, served by the Piccadilly and District lines. The station is at the junction of Gunnersbury Lane (A4000) and Bollo Lane and is in Travelcard Zone 3.


Between Acton Town and Hammersmith District line trains serve all stations, but Piccadilly line trains run non-stop to Hammersmith except for calling at Turnham Green at the start and end of the day. The run between Acton Town and Hammersmith spans nearly three miles - the longest distance between stops on the Piccadilly line.[4] West of Acton Town, District line trains go via Ealing Common to Ealing Broadway and Piccadilly line trains run either via South Ealing to Heathrow, or via Ealing Common to Uxbridge.


Acton Town station was opened as Mill Hill Park on 1 July 1879 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) on its extension from Turnham Green to Ealing Broadway. On 1 May 1883 the DR opened a branch from Acton Town to the now defunct Hounslow Town station, that branch developed into the Heathrow branch.

On 23 June 1903 the DR tracks north of Acton Town to a new station at Park Royal & Twyford Abbey became the first of the Underground's surface lines to use electric traction instead of steam. The existing deep tube lines, (City & South London Railway, Waterloo & City Railway and Central London Railway) had always been electrically powered. Services on the Hounslow branch and to central London were electrified on 13 June 1905 and 1 July 1905 respectively.

Also on 13 June 1905 passenger service began on the short branch to South Acton. At first the service ran to Hounslow West and to Uxbridge but it was later reduced to a shuttle between Acton Town and South Acton.

In 1910 the station building was reconstructed and on 1 March 1910 the station was given its present name.

In 1931 and 1932 the station was rebuilt in preparation for changing the Uxbridge branch from the District line to the Piccadilly line. The new station was designed by Charles Holden in a modern European geometric style using brick, reinforced concrete and glass. As other stations Holden designed, Sudbury Town and Sudbury Hill to the north, and others on the east and west Piccadilly line extensions such as Oakwood, Acton Town station features a tall block-like ticket hall rising above a low horizontal structure housing the station offices and shops. The brick walls of the ticket hall are punctuated with panels of clerestory windows and the structure is capped with a flat concrete slab roof. Reinforced concrete platform canopies replaced the original timber canopies. A short fifth platform for the single car train of the South Acton branch was provided to the north of the eastbound island platform.

On 4 July 1932 the Piccadilly line was extended west from its original terminus at Hammersmith and shared the route with the District line to Ealing Common. From Ealing Common to South Harrow, the District line was replaced by the Piccadilly line and, from that date, District line trains from Acton Town ran only either to Hounslow West or to Ealing Broadway. On 9 January 1933 Piccadilly line trains, sharing with the District line, began serving Northfields on the Hounslow branch, and their service was extended to Hounslow West on 13 March 1933, however Piccadilly line trains did not call at South Ealing until 1935.

The South Acton branch was closed on 28 February 1959 due to low usage, its platform at Acton Town has been removed and little of the branch remains except a bridge abutment on the south side of Bollo Lane.

District line services on the Hounslow branch were withdrawn from 10 October 1964 after which operations were provided by the Piccadilly line alone.

To the north of the station is Ealing Common Depot. It is also here where the London Transport Museum houses its reserve collection of rail and road vehicles in the former Repair Shop known as The Depot. The Museum Depot is opened to the public on a number of weekends throughout the year. To the south west of the station, served by a siding just south of the west bound platform, is Acton Works, the former central overhaul and engineering works for the London Underground.

Since 1994, the station has been a Grade II Listed Building.[3][5]


London Buses routes 440; E3 and night route N11 serve the station.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Acton Town London Regional Transport Underground Station". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 2014-02-12. 
  4. ^ Spittles, David (28 April 2014). "Map your house hunting future: new homes hotspots along the Piccadilly line". (London Evening Standard). Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "16 London Underground Stations Listed At Grade II". English Heritage. 26 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-09-14. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. 
  • Jowett, A. (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas. Atlantic Publishing. ISBN 0-906899-99-0. 

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