Gants Hill tube station

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Gants Hill London Underground
Gants Hill stn interior concourse.JPG
Lower concourse
Gants Hill is located in Greater London
Gants Hill
Gants Hill
Location of Gants Hill in Greater London
Location Gants Hill
Local authority London Borough of Redbridge
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 5.06 million[1]
2011 Increase 5.48 million[1]
2012 Increase 5.59 million[1]
2013 Increase 5.99 million[1]
Key dates
1947 Tunnels used by Plessey electronics as a munitions factory during the war
14 December 1947 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°34′36″N 0°03′58″E / 51.57666°N 0.06611°E / 51.57666; 0.06611

Gants Hill is a London Underground station in Gants Hill, in the London Borough of Redbridge. It is served by the Central line and is in Zone 4. It is the easternmost station to be entirely below ground on the London Underground network. It is also the busiest station on the Hainault loop of the Central line.

The station is located beneath Gants Hill roundabout, and reached via the pedestrian subway under the roundabout because the entrance is part of the pedestrian walkway system under the roads.[2]


Construction originally began in the 1930s but was suspended during the Second World War. During the war, the station was used as an air raid shelter and the tunnels as a munitions factory[2] for Plessey electronics. The station was finally completed and opened on 14 December 1947. During planning, the names "Ilford North" and "Cranbrook" were considered.[3]


The station, like many others on the same branch, was designed by notable Tube architect Charles Holden; during the planning period London Underground Holden advised on the construction of the new Moscow Metro, which is why the barrel-vaulted halls of Gants Hill echo many stations on the Russian capital's system.[4][5] There are three escalators from the ticket office to the platforms.

Gants Hill is famed for having a large arched waiting area between the platforms which is similar to some stations on the Moscow metro.[2] The station has no surface buildings due to its location under Gants Hill roundabout.[6]


Many London Bus routes serve the station, one at the main station and the other at Cranbrook Road.[7][8] TFL has extended the East London Transit here linking Ilford, Barking and Barking Reach.[9]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c Railfanning London's Railways - Central line
  3. ^ Harris, Cyril M. (2006) [1977]. What's in a name?. Capital Transport. p. 29. ISBN 1-85414-241-0. 
  4. ^ "Say What You Like About Joseph Stalin, At Least He Made The Underground Trains Run On Time". PooterGeek. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  5. ^ Lawrence, David (1994). Underground Architecture. Harrow: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-160-0. 
  6. ^ Tube Facts - Tube Stations that have no surface buildings
  7. ^ Gants Hill Underground Station - Bus
  8. ^ Gants Hill Station / Cranbrook Road - Bus
  9. ^ Transport for London 5-year Investment Programme - Page 10

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