Alperton tube station

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Alperton London Underground
Alperton station building.JPG
Alperton is located in Greater London
Alperton
Alperton
Location of Alperton in Greater London
Location Alperton
Local authority London Borough of Brent
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 2.94 million[1]
2011 Increase 2.95 million[2]
2012 Decrease 2.89 million[2]
2013 Increase 2.96 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company District Railway
Key dates
28 June 1903 Opened as Perivale-Alperton
7 October 1910 Renamed Alperton
4 July 1932 District line service replaced by Piccadilly line
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°32′27″N 0°17′59″W / 51.5408°N 0.2997°W / 51.5408; -0.2997

Alperton is a London Underground station on the Uxbridge branch of the Piccadilly line. The station is between Sudbury Town and Park Royal. It is located on Ealing Road (A4089 road) a short distance from the junction with Bridgewater Road (A4005) and is close to Alperton Bus Garage and the Paddington branch of the Grand Union Canal. The station is in Travelcard Zone 4.

History[edit]

Perivale Alperton station was opened on 28 June 1903 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) on its new extension to South Harrow from Park Royal & Twyford Abbey.[3] Park Royal & Twyford Abbey had itself opened five days earlier.[3]

This new extension was, together with the existing tracks back to Acton Town, the first section of the Underground's surface lines to be electrified and operate electric instead of steam trains.[4] The Deep level tube lines open at that time (City & South London Railway, Waterloo & City Railway and Central London Railway) had been electrically powered from the start.

The station was subsequently renamed Alperton on 7 October 1910.[3]

The original station building was a modest timber framed structure and in 1930 and 1931 this was demolished and replaced by a new station in preparation for the handover of the branch from the District line to the Piccadilly line. The new station was designed by Charles Holden in a modern European style using brick, reinforced concrete and glass. Like the stations at Sudbury Town and Sudbury Hill to the north and others that Holden designed elsewhere for the east and west Piccadilly line extensions such as Acton Town and Oakwood, Alperton station features a tall block-like ticket hall rising above a low horizontal structure that contains 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. Alperton shared with Greenford (on the Central line) the distinction of being one of the only two stations to have an escalator going up to a platform. The escalator served the eastbound platform and had originally been used at the South Bank exhibition of the Festival of Britain.[5] Now out of use, the escalator remains in place behind a wall.[6]

On 4 July 1932, the Piccadilly line was extended to run west of its original terminus at Hammersmith sharing the route with the District line to Ealing Common. From Ealing Common to South Harrow, the District line was replaced by the Piccadilly line.[3]

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service is a train in each direction every ten minutes. Half of northbound trains terminate at Rayners Lane and the other half continue to the terminus of the line at Uxbridge.

Connections[edit]

London Buses Routes 79, 83, 224, 297 serve the station with 245 and 487 walk a 3min from the station.

The Grand Union Canal is located south of the station which can be reached by going down Earling Road. This offers access to walk or cycle on the towpath. Inner West London or Greenford can be reached from here.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2010". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "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 c d Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 
  4. ^ Feather, Clive. "District Line, Dates". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Archived from the original on 2000-03-03. 
  5. ^ "caption to picture of escalator". Photographic Archive. London Transport Museum. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. 
  6. ^ Feather, Clive. "Vertical Transport, Escalators". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Archived from the original on 2000-03-03. 

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