Ruislip Gardens tube station

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Ruislip Gardens London Underground
Ruislip Gardens stn entrance.JPG
Station entrance
Ruislip Gardens is located in Greater London
Ruislip Gardens
Ruislip Gardens
Location of Ruislip Gardens in Greater London
Location Ruislip
Local authority London Borough of Hillingdon
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 0.980 million[1]
2011 Increase 1.000 million[2]
2012 Decrease 0.990 million[2]
2013 Increase 1.000 million[2]
Key dates
1906 Tracks laid (GW&GCR)
1934 Opened (GW&GCR)
1948 Started (Central line)
1958 BR platforms closed
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°33′37″N 0°24′37″W / 51.5602°N 0.4102°W / 51.5602; -0.4102

Ruislip Gardens is a London Underground station. It lies on the Central line, between West Ruislip and South Ruislip, in Travelcard Zone 5. The closest stations on the Metropolitan line and Piccadilly line are Ruislip and Ruislip Manor. The station serves RAF Northolt.

History[edit]

The tracks through the station were laid by part of the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway with services starting on 2 April 1906 although there was no station at Ruislip Gardens at that time. The station opened on 9 July 1934.[3]

As part of the 1935-40 New Works Programme, Central line services were projected westwards from a new junction, west of North Acton on the line to Ealing Broadway. The original intention was to extend the service as far as Denham, but work was delayed by the Second World War and the terminus of the extension was cut back to West Ruislip, with services starting on 21 November 1948.[3]

The main line services stopping at Ruislip Gardens ceased in 1958 and the station closed, leaving only the Central line services in place. Until recently the entrance to a passenger stairwell was visible on the London-bound side of the Chiltern tracks.

The station today[edit]

The station has an island platform layout. Some services start or terminate here rather than West Ruislip, the trains leaving or entering the Central line depot to the west of the station, south of the running lines. There is a link from the Central line depot for stock movement to the Metropolitan line just to the west of Ruislip via a shunting neck.

A running link round the southern boundary of the depot has several times been proposed, to make a connection with the Metropolitan line. This would allow through running of Central line trains onwards from Ruislip Gardens to Uxbridge, but nothing has ever come of these suggestions.

Local places of note[edit]

RAF Northolt and a Polish War Memorial are also close by.

References in popular culture[edit]

The station achieved poetic immortality in John Betjeman's poem Middlesex:

Gaily into Ruislip Gardens
Runs the red electric train,
With a thousand Ta's and Pardon's
Daintily alights Elaine;
Hurries down the concrete station
With a frown of concentration,
Out into the outskirt's edges
Where a few surviving hedges
Keep alive our lost Elysium - Rural Middlesex again.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes E7 and school route 696 serve the station.

Gallery[edit]

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 "Central Line, Dates". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 

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