Turnham Green tube station

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Turnham Green London Underground
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Turnham Green is located in Greater London
Turnham Green
Turnham Green
Location of Turnham Green in Greater London
Location Chiswick
Local authority London Borough of Hounslow
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 2 and 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 5.90 million[1]
2011 Decrease 5.83 million[1]
2012 Increase 6.03 million[1]
2013 Increase 6.20 million[1]
Key dates
1869 Opened (L&SWR)
1870 Started and Ended (GWR)
1877 Started (MR and DR)
1878 Started "Super Outer Circle" (Midland)
1879 Opened Ealing Broadway branch (DR)
1880 Ended "Super Outer Circle"
1894 Started (GWR)
1906 Ended (MR)
1910 Ended (GWR)
1916 Ended (L&SWR)
1963 Started (Piccadilly)
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°29′43″N 0°15′18″W / 51.49527°N 0.255°W / 51.49527; -0.255

Turnham Green is a London Underground station in Chiswick in west London. The station is located on Turnham Green Terrace, but the actual green is much closer to Chiswick Park station. The station is served by the District and Piccadilly lines although Piccadilly line trains normally only stop at the station at the beginning and end of the day, running through non-stop at other times. To the east, District line trains stop at Stamford Brook and Piccadilly line trains stop at Hammersmith, To the west, District line trains run to either Chiswick Park or Gunnersbury and Piccadilly line trains stop at Acton Town.

The station is located on Turnham Green Terrace (B491) on the eastern edge of Chiswick Common. It is about 200 m north of Chiswick High Road (A315) and is in both Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3. As well as Central Chiswick, the station serves the Bedford Park area.

There are four ticket barriers and a gate that control access to all platforms.


Standing on westbound Piccadilly line platform. The island platform on the right and the track on the near side of the platform is served by eastbound Piccadilly line trains, and the track on the far side of the platform is served by eastbound District line trains on the same island platform.

Turnham Green station was opened on 1 January 1869 by the London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) on a new branch line to Richmond built from the West London Joint Railway starting north of Addison Road station (now Kensington (Olympia)). The line ran through Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith via a now unused curve and initially the next station towards central London was Grove Road station in Hammersmith (also now closed).

Between 1 June 1870 and 31 October 1870 the Great Western Railway (GWR) briefly ran services from Paddington to Richmond via Hammersmith & City Railway (now the Hammersmith & City line) tracks to Grove Road then on the L&SWR tracks through Turnham Green.

On 1 June 1877, the District Railway (DR, now the District line) opened a short extension from its terminus at Hammersmith to connect to the L&SWR tracks east of Ravenscourt Park station (which had opened in 1873). The DR then began running trains over the L&SWR tracks to Richmond. On 1 October 1877, the Metropolitan Railway (MR, now the Metropolitan line) restarted the GWR's former service to Richmond via Grove Road station.

On 5 May 1878 The Midland Railway began running a circuitous service known as the Super Outer Circle from St Pancras to Earl's Court via Cricklewood and South Acton. It operated over a now disused connection between the North London Railway and the L&SWR Richmond branch. The service was not a success and was ended on 30 September 1880.

The DR's service between Richmond, Hammersmith and central London was more direct than either the L&SWR's or the MR's routes via Grove Road station or the L&SWR's other route from Richmond via Clapham Junction. The success of the DR's operations lead it, on 1 July 1879, to open a branch from Turnham Green to Ealing Broadway.

From 1 January 1894, the GWR began sharing the MR's Richmond service and served Turnham Green once again, meaning that passengers from Turnham Green could travel on the services of four operators.

Following the electrification of the DR's own tracks north of Acton Town in 1903, the DR funded the electrification of the tracks through Turnham Green. The tracks between Acton Town and central London were electrified on 1 July 1905 and those on the Richmond branch on 1 August 1905. Whilst DR services were operated with electric trains, the L&SWR, GWR and MR services continued to be steam hauled.

MR services were withdrawn on 31 December 1906 and GWR services were withdrawn on 31 December 1910 leaving operations at Turnham Green to the DR (by then known as the District Railway) and L&SWR. The L&SWR constructed an additional pair of non-electrified tracks between Turnham Green and its junction with the District at Hammersmith and opened these on 3 December 1911 although their use was short-lived as the District's trains out-competed the L&SWR's to the extent that the L&SWR withdrew its service between Richmond and Addison Road on 3 June 1916, leaving the District as the sole operator.

Eastbound Piccadilly line platform looking west. The island platform on the left and the track on the near side of the platform is served by eastbound Piccadilly line trains, and the track on the far side of the platform is served by eastbound District line trains on the same island platform.

In 1913 the Central London Railway (now the Central line) obtained parliamentary approval for an extension to Richmond. This would have had a deep-level station at Turnham Green. The stations each side would have been at Heathfield Terrace and Emlyn Road. The plan was delayed by the First World War and an alternative route was adopted in 1920, which was not progressed.

In the early 1930s, the London Electric Railway, precursor of the London Underground and owner of the District and Piccadilly lines, began the reconstruction of the tracks between Hammersmith and Acton Town to enable the Piccadilly line to be extended from Hammersmith to Uxbridge and Hounslow West (then the terminus of what is now the Heathrow branch). Express non-stop tracks were provided for the Piccadilly line between the stopping lines of the District line. Services on the Piccadilly line began running through Turnham Green on 4 July 1932.

In the mid 1960s, Turnham Green was one of the stations used for the testing of experimental automatic ticket barriers later adopted throughout the network.

Piccadilly line[edit]

To provide a better interchange with the Richmond branch of the District line, Piccadilly line trains began stopping at Turnham Green station in the early morning (from the first train until 06:50 Monday to Saturday, 07:45 on Sunday) and late evening (from 22:30 until the last train) only[2] from 23 June 1963. During the rest of the day they run non-stop through the station as before. Local residents have been campaigning for more Piccadilly line trains to stop at Turnham Green[3] with trains only stopping in the event of delays to the District line whereby large numbers of passengers are left waiting on the platform or occasionally while scheduled maintenance work is carried out.

However, in December 2013 it was announced that Turnham Green will be made a permanent stop on the Piccadilly line once the line has been upgraded, with work scheduled to commence in 2019 and introduction of the first new train in 2022.[4] A consultation published in January 2014, concluded that the business case would currently have an overall negative impact on business across London from introducing increased stopping at Turnham Green, but did outline the future plans to do so when upgrades had taken place, with passengers benefiting from improvements to the District line and the Night Tube (on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning with the Jubilee, Victoria, Central, Northern lines, and most of the Piccadilly line, then expanding across other lines in subsequent years)[5][6][7] from Autumn 2015 in the interim, giving the following conclusion:[8]

However, we recognise the continued frustration among those who wish for the Piccadilly line to stop for more of the day at Turnham Green station. The signalling constraints and the size of the train fleet mean that we are unlikely to be able to implement changes in the short term. TfL therefore plans to stop Piccadilly line trains at Turnham Green station all day once the line is modernised and we have a new and larger fleet of trains and a new signalling system. This upgrade is set to commence in 2019 with introduction of the first new train in 2022.

In the interim, passengers using Turnham Green station will benefit from the upgrade of the District line. The introduction of a fleet of new larger and walk-through, air-conditioned trains will start this year and be complete by 2016. This will be followed by a new signalling system enabling a faster, more frequent and more reliable service from 2018.

Additionally, the Piccadilly line will stop throughout the night at Turnham Green when the Night Tube network starts in 2015.


London Buses routes 94; 272; E3 and night route N11 pass the station.

In popular culture[edit]

Turnham Green is referenced in the song "Suite In C" on the McDonald and Giles album released in 1971. The lyrics also mention a "girl on the DL train", referencing the District line.[citation needed]. The station is mentioned in the Bonzo Do Da Dog Band song "Mornington Crescent".


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Piccadilly line". Consultations. TfL. Archived from the original on 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ Cumber, Robert (20 December 2010). "MPs call for tube to stop at Turnham Green". Ealing Gazette. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. 
  4. ^ "Piccadilly line Stop for Turnham Green". Consultations. Chiswick W4. 18 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-19. 
  5. ^ "The future of the Tube – Transport for London – Night Tube". Transport for London. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Night Tube – Transport for London". Transport for London. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Night Tube map – Transport for London". Transport for London. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Transport for London - Piccadilly line engagement - Conclusions report - January 2014". Transport for London. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 

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