Hainault tube station

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Hainault London Underground
Hainault stn building.JPG
Station entrance on New North Road
Hainault is located in Greater London
Location of Hainault in Greater London
Location Hainault
Local authority London Borough of Redbridge
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 3
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 2.69 million[2]
2011 Increase 2.95 million[2]
2012 Decrease 2.86 million[2]
2013 Increase 3.15 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company Great Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1903 Opened (GER)
1908 Closed (GER)
1930 Reopened (LNER)
1947 Closed (LNER)
1948 Opened as terminus (Central line)
1948 Became through station
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°36′12″N 0°05′36″E / 51.6033°N 0.0933°E / 51.6033; 0.0933

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.[3] Since 2 January 2007 the station is in Travelcard Zone 4.[3] This station is also home to one of the three Central line depots.


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.[4] 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.[4] Some Victoria line (1967 Stock) trains were also used to operate this section[4] 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[5] and the 1960 Stock (along with the rest of the Central line's 1962 Stock) has been superseded by trains of 1992 Stock.

Station Improvements[edit]

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.[1][6] They have a descent of 0.67 metres and are the shallowest lifts on the London Underground network.[citation needed]

Services and connections[edit]

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.[9] 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.[9]

London Bus routes 150;[10] 167; 169;[11] 247;[10] 275 and 462,[11] and night route N8[11][10] serve the station.



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Shuttle services from Woodford terminate here
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Select services from Central London terminate here
towards Woodford