South Woodford tube station

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South Woodford London Underground
South Woodford entrance west.JPG
Western entrance on George Lane
South Woodford is located in Greater London
South Woodford
South Woodford
Location of South Woodford in Greater London
Location South Woodford
Local authority London Borough of Redbridge
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes (Eastbound only)[1]
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 3.98 million[2]
2011 Increase 4.39 million[2]
2012 Decrease 4.33 million[2]
2013 Increase 4.59 million[2]
Key dates
1856 Opened
6 January 1964 Goods yard closed[3]
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°35′30″N 0°01′39″E / 51.5916°N 0.0275°E / 51.5916; 0.0275

South Woodford tube station is a London Underground station on the Central line, between Snaresbrook and Woodford in Zone 4.


The station opened as South Woodford (George Lane) on 22 August 1856 as part of the Eastern Counties Railway branch to Loughton, which was eventually extended to Epping and Ongar in 1865. The station then formed part of the Great Eastern Railway's system until that company was merged into the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. The station was subsequently transferred to form part of London Underground's Central line from 14 December 1947. This formed a part of the long planned, and delayed, Eastern Extension of the Central line that was part of the London Passenger Transport Board's "New Works Programme" of 1935 - 1940.

The station underwent considerable renovations in 2006, 150 years after its first opening.

The suffix "George Lane" has been officially dropped since 1947, upon transfer to the Underground, but is, unusually, retained on the station's nameplate roundels.


It was once suggested that the Victoria line could be extended to Woodford or South Woodford stations.[citation needed]

The Station today[edit]

The Station has two entrances, one on each side of the line. Both are on George Lane, a road split in half when the level crossing was removed during electrification. The footbridge can be used without a ticket, as unusually for stations on the Epping branch, the footbridge is outside the ticket gate line.

The eastbound ticket office is open each morning for ticket sales. The westbound ticket office is no longer in use. Self-service ticket/oyster machines are in operation.


London Buses routes 179; 549; W12; W13; W14 and school route 679 and night route N55 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News (London Underground Railway Society) (591): 175–183. ISSN 0306-8617. 

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