Ickenham tube station

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Ickenham
London Underground
Ickenham tube station.JPG
Ickenham is located in Greater London
Ickenham
Ickenham
Location of Ickenham in Greater London
Location Ickenham
Local authority Hillingdon
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 6
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 0.96 million[1]
2011 Increase 0.98 million[2]
2012 Increase 1.06 million[2]
2013 Increase 1.07 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company Metropolitan Railway
Key dates
4 July 1904 Line opened
25 September 1905 Station opened
1 March 1910 District service commences
23 October 1933 District line service replaced by Piccadilly line
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°33′43″N 0°26′31″W / 51.5619°N 0.4419°W / 51.5619; -0.4419

Ickenham tube station is a London Underground station located in Ickenham in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The station is on the Uxbridge branch of both the Metropolitan line and Piccadilly line, between Ruislip and Hillingdon stations. It is in Travelcard Zone 6.

History[edit]

Westbound platform looking east towards Cockfosters

The Metropolitan Railway (Harrow and Uxbridge Railway) constructed the line through Ickenham between Harrow on the Hill and Uxbridge and commenced services on 4 July 1904 with, initially, the only intermediate stop being at Ruislip. At first, services were operated by steam trains, but track electrification was completed in the subsequent months and electric trains began operating on 1 January 1905.

Progressive development in the north Middlesex area over the next two decades led to the gradual opening of additional stations along the Uxbridge branch to encourage the growth of new residential areas. On 25 September 1905 a small halt was opened as Ickenham Halt by the Metropolitan Railway, following lobbying by the Ickenham Parish Council. The railway company had been reluctant to open a station in the area due to a perceived lack of revenue and so a compromise was reached with the halt.[3]

The new halt brought with it travellers from London seeking a day-out in rural surroundings. Villagers living near the halt sold flowers from their gardens and served teas.[3] The parish council later requested shelters for passengers on the platforms, which were built in December 1905. A booking hut followed in 1910.[4] The platforms, which had been too short for trains to call at fully, were extended in 1922.[5]

On 1 March 1910, an extension of the District line from South Harrow to connect with the Metropolitan Railway at Rayners Lane was opened, enabling District line trains to serve stations between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge from that date. On 23 October 1933 District line services were replaced by Piccadilly line trains.

Ickenham Halt was later rebuilt as a station in the 1970s.[6]

Connections[edit]

London Buses Route U10 serves the station.

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. ^ a b Bowlt, Eileen. M. (1996). Ickenham & Harefield Past. London: Historical Publications. ISBN 0-948667-36-2. 
  4. ^ "The Arrival of Public Transport The Metropolitan Railway". Ickenham Online. Archived from the original on 2001-07-14. 
  5. ^ "The Suburb That Never Was!". Ickenham Online. Archived from the original on 2001-04-24. 
  6. ^ "1970s". Ickenham Online. Archived from the original on 2001-04-24. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Uxbridge
Metropolitan line
towards Baker Street or Aldgate
Piccadilly line
towards Cockfosters