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[2]
2012 Increase 5.59 million[2]
2013 Increase 5.99 million[2]
Key dates
1947 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°34′36″N 0°03′58″E / 51.57666°N 0.06611°E / 51.57666; 0.06611

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.

History[edit]

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.[3]

Design[edit]

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.

Location[edit]

The station is located beneath Gants Hill roundabout, and reached via the pedestrian subway under the roundabout.

Future[edit]

It has been suggested that the East London Transit be extended here linking Ilford and Barking and Barking Reach.[citation needed]

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. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

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Central line
Hainault loop
towards Hainault or
Woodford (via Hainault)