Gants Hill tube station
Location of Gants Hill in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Redbridge|
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|Number of platforms||2|
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|1947||Tunnels used by Plessey electronics as a munitions factory during the war|
|14 December 1947||Opened|
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Gants Hill tube station 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.
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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 for Plessey electronics. The station was finally completed and opened on 14 December 1947. During planning, the names "Ilford North" and "Cranbrook" were considered.
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. 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. The station has no surface buildings due to its location under Gants Hill roundabout.
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- London Transport Museum Photographic Archive - Entrance to station in 1953, with low roof of ticket hall visible in background
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