East Acton tube station

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East Acton
London Underground
East Acton Tube Station.jpg
East Acton is located in Greater London
East Acton
East Acton

Location of East Acton in Greater London
Location East Acton
Local authority Hammersmith & Fulham
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2

London Underground annual entry and exit
2008 Increase 3.900 million[1]
2009 Decrease 3.514 million[2]
2010 Decrease 3.410 million[3]

Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
3 August 1920 Station opened

Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°31′01″N 0°14′51″W / 51.5169°N 0.2475°W / 51.5169; -0.2475

East Acton is a London Underground station in East Acton in west London. The station is on the Central line, between White City and North Acton stations, and in Travelcard Zone 2. It is close to Wormwood Scrubs prison and Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital.

History[edit]

The station opened in 1920 on the Ealing Broadway extension of the Central London Railway (CLR), which was renamed the Central line in 1937.[4] As Transport for London explains:[5]

On 18 August 1911, the Central London Railway abandoned its policy of no through running with any other railway, and secured powers to build a short extension from Wood Lane to connect with the intended Ealing & Shepherds Bush line of the Great Western Railway (GWR), over which it proposed to exercise running powers.

The new line was built with connections to the West London Line near Shepherd's Bush, the former GWR mainline to Birmingham at North Acton, and the mainline to Bristol at Ealing Broadway. Since the CLR was exclusively a passenger service, two extra dedicated tracks for the GWR's freight trains were opened in 1938, but were closed in 1964.[6] The trackbed of these rails is now overgrown, with vegetation visible immediately to the north of the station.

Today[edit]

The station has recently been refurbished, with the staircases improved and the "East Acton" Underground roundels replaced with larger, newer versions.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2008". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2009". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2010". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Day, John R; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground. Capital Transport. p. 124. ISBN 1-85414-316-6. 
  5. ^ Transport for London : Central line facts
  6. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways. Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-209-7. 
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
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Service arrangement if Old Oak Common station is constructed
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)