Hainault tube station
Station entrance on New North Road
Location of Hainault in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Redbridge|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||3|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|Original company||Great Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|1948||Opened as terminus (Central line)|
|1948||Became through station|
|Lists of stations|
|London Transport portalCoordinates:|
Hainault is a London Underground station in Hainault of the London Borough of Redbridge. The station is on the Central line, between Fairlop and Grange Hill stations. Since 2 January 2007 the station is in Travelcard Zone 4. This station is also home to one of the three Central line depots.
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The station was opened on 1 May 1903 as part of the Great Eastern Railway's (GER) Woodford to Ilford "loop" or branch line (the Fairlop Loop). This line designed to stimulate suburban growth was closed due to a lack of custom on 1 October 1908 and did not reopen until 2 March 1930. In the interim the 1921 Railways Act, had caused the GER to be merged with other railway companies in 1923 and the new operator was the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). As part of the 1935 - 1940 "New Works Programme" of the London Passenger Transport Board the majority of the loop was to be transferred to form the eastern extensions of the Central line. Although work commenced in 1938 it was suspended upon the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and work only recommenced in 1946.
Steam train services serving Hainault were suspended on 29 November 1947 and electrified Central line passenger services, to Central London via Gants Hill, finally commenced on 31 May 1948. The line from Newbury Park to Hainault had been electrified for empty train movements to the new depot at Hainault from 14 December 1947. The services to Woodford via Grange Hill, were reintroduced on 21 November 1948.
Alterations at Hainault included a new island platform on the west side of the station to allow the bulk of services via Gants Hill to be terminated here as well as allowing access to Hainault Depot. This, situated to the north of the station is the major train depot on the eastern end of the line. The building was completed in 1939 but was used by the US Army Transportation Corps until 1945. The depot was in use for Central line stock from 14 December 1947.
From the mid-1960s until the early 1990s the Woodford-Hainault section was largely operated separately from the rest of the Central line, using four-car (later three-car) trains of 1960 Stock. The three car units had a 1938 tube stock middle carriage. These trains were adapted for Automatic Train Operation (ATO): the Woodford-Hainault section became the testing ground for ATO on the Victoria line. Some Victoria line (1967 Stock) trains were also used to operate this section and named FACT, "Fully Automatic Controlled Train". The separate operation has now been abolished, the 1960 Stock withdrawn and through trains to Central London now operate, albeit via Hainault and the 1960 Stock (along with the rest of the Central line's 1962 Stock) has been superseded by trains of 1992 Stock.
An ongoing refurbishment programme has seen the ticket office completed, with work continued on a supervisors office and the mobility impaired lifts street to platforms being the next stage on the project. The new Station Supervisors Office in the Ticket Hall was completed in June 2009. Hainault now has lifts to access the platforms. They have a descent of 0.67 metres and are the shallowest lifts on the London Underground network.
Services and connections
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:
Hainault's location is to close to Fairlop, so passengers are able to spot Fairlop straight down on the line from the platforms. However, the average time taken for a Central line train to travel between the two is just more than a minute, which is 65 seconds.
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Roundel on platform 2
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- "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- Transport for London (December 2014). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015.
- Railfanning London's Railways - Central line
- On the branch line…from Woodford to Hainault
- "Avoiding Stairs Tube Guide". Transport for London. December 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Central line timetable: From Hainault Underground Station to Grange Hill Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Central line timetable: From Hainault Underground Station to Fairlop Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Tube Facts - Stations that are less than 60 seconds apart
- Hainault Underground Station - Bus
- "Buses from Hainault Station and Fullwell Cross". Transport for London. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- London's Transport Museum Photographic Archive
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
Shuttle services from Woodford terminate here
Select services from Central London terminate here