Becontree tube station

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Becontree London Underground
Becontree station building.JPG
Entrance to Gale Street
Becontree is located in Greater London
Becontree
Becontree
Location of Becontree in Greater London
Location Becontree
Local authority London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 2.490 million[1]
2011 Increase 2.76 million[2]
2012 Increase 2.84 million[2]
2013 Increase 3.04 million[2]
Key dates
1926 Opened as Gale Street Halt
1932 Enlarged and renamed
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°32′25″N 0°07′37″E / 51.54027°N 0.12694°E / 51.54027; 0.12694

Becontree tube station is a London Underground station on Gale Street in the Becontree neighbourhood of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in northeast London, England. The station is on the District line and in London fare zone 5. The station was originally opened as Gale Street Halt in 1926 by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway on the existing route from Fenchurch Street to Southend that avoided Tilbury. The station was renamed and completely rebuilt in 1932 with an additional pair of platforms to serve the electric District Railway local service which was extended from Barking to Upminster. Two of the station platforms are disused since the Fenchurch Street–Southend service was withdrawn in 1962. The single storey brick station building is of a common design also constructed at Dagenham East, Hornchurch and Upminster at the time.

History[edit]

Gale Street Halt had been opened on the London Tilbury & Southend (LT&S) line in 1926. The London Midland & Scottish Railway (owners of the LT&S line) qaudrupled their line between Barking and Upminster and constructed a common station with their existing line and the new trains of the Metropolitan District Railway. The station opened in 1932. The 1932 station was constructed and initially operated by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway with services provided by the District line from the outset.

The railway here was crossed by a temporary railway constructed as part of the building of the Becontree housing estate.

Becontree station is said to be haunted by a faceless woman with long blonde hair that several staff members have sighted.[3]

Design[edit]

The station has four platforms. Two are used by the District line and another two are disused since the LT&S service was withdrawn in 1962. The station buildings are of typical 1930s design. Three ticket barriers and a gate control access to all platforms.

Becontree Station in 1961

Location[edit]

It is between Upney and Dagenham Heathway stations in Becontree.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 62 and 145 serve the station.

Services[edit]

Typical off-peak service from the station is:

  • 12 tph (trains per hour) to Upminster
  • 6 tph to Wimbledon via Tower Hill
  • 6 tph to Richmond via Tower Hill

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. ^ http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/column.php?id=135129
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
District line
towards Upminster