West Ealing railway station

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West Ealing National Rail
West Ealing stn building.JPG
Station building seen from Drayton Green Road
West Ealing is located in Greater London
West Ealing
West Ealing
Location of West Ealing in Greater London
Location West Ealing
Local authority London Borough of Ealing
Grid reference TQ166807
Managed by First Great Western
Station code WEA
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 0.896 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 0.760 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.069 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.110 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.171 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 1.302 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Key dates
4 June 1838 Line opened
1 March 1871 (1871-03-01) Station opened as Castle Hill (Ealing Dean)
1 March 1883 District Railway service introduced
30 September 1885 District Railway service ceased
1 July 1899 Renamed West Ealing
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
Portal icon London Transport portal
Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°30′49″N 0°19′13″W / 51.5137°N 0.3203°W / 51.5137; -0.3203

West Ealing is a railway station on the Great Western Main Line from London Paddington. It is on Drayton Green Road (B452).

The station is manned for part of the day. There is a passenger-operated ticket machine at this location and a PERTIS passenger-operated ticket machine issuing 'permit to travel' tickets which are exchanged on-train or at manned stations for travel tickets. The ticket machines are located just inside the station entrance on the north side.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1871 as Castle Hill and Ealing Dene on the Great Western Railway, which was constructed from London Paddington through Ealing to Maidenhead in 1836–38.[2] From 1 March 1883, the station—then named Castle Hill (Ealing Dean)—was served by District Railway services running between Mansion House and Windsor. This service was discontinued as uneconomic after 30 September 1885.[3][4] The station was located next to the London Co-operative Societies main creamery, and so was equipped with a dedicated milk train platform.

Originally the station consisted of four platforms in a staggered layout: platform 1 and the island consisting of platforms 2 and 3 to the west of the Drayton Green Road bridge, and platform 4 on the east side. Platform 1 (along with a siding leading up to it) was removed in 1973, followed by platform 2 being fenced off in 1991 as trains on the main line no longer serviced the station. Platform 4 was demolished and moved west of the bridge in 1990, partially covering the site of the then long-closed milk depot.[5] The current station building was completed in early 1987, following the demolition of the previous one a year earlier.

Services[edit]

Presently there are four lines (two for fast services out of Paddington), but only platforms 3 and 4 exist. There are also the remains of another platform next to platform 4, the now long-closed LCS dedicated milk depot platform.

The station is served by local services operated by First Great Western from Paddington to Greenford and Heathrow Connect services from Paddington to Heathrow Airport. It is on the original line of the Great Western Railway. It is closed on Sundays. The restricted facilities are an intermittently open booking office and a ticket machine. The station is in Travelcard Zone 3. On weekdays and Saturdays West Ealing is served by eight trains an hour, four going to London Paddington and two going to Greenford and Heathrow Airport respectively.

Since October 2008, Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys originating or ending at West Ealing.[6]

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes E7 and E11 serve the station.

Future[edit]

Plans are in hand to provide Crossrail services at the station.[when?] As part of this proposal, services from the Greenford Branch Line will terminate at West Ealing. Network Rail will create capacity for this by converting the former LCS milk train bay into an extra bay platform.[7]

The area of the former milk train bay in May 2012. This will be converted into an extra bay platform for the Greenford branch, as part of the Crossrail project

In addition, various further alterations will be made by Network Rail:[8][when?]

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Manor Road (to the north of the station)
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3–4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting, a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security systems

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ MacDermot, E T (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. 1 (1833-1863) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway. 
  3. ^ Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0. 
  4. ^ Day, John R.; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (10th ed.). Harrow: Capital Transport. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-85414-316-7. 
  5. ^ Mitchell, V; Smith, K (2000). Branch Lines of West London. Midhurst: Middleton Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-901706-50-5. 
  6. ^ "Oyster PAYG on National Rail". National Rail Enquiries. 20 October 2008. 
  7. ^ Transport Watch: 'Tube crime down for third consecutive year' - Ealing Gazette
  8. ^ "Crossrail Station Design Contract Awarded". Crossrail. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ealing Broadway   First Great Western
Great Western Main Line
Mondays — Saturdays only
  Hanwell
Ealing Broadway   First Great Western
Greenford Branch Line
  Drayton Green
Ealing Broadway   Heathrow Connect
Paddington — Heathrow
Mondays — Saturdays only
  Hanwell
  Future developments  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Crossrail
Line 1
towards Abbey Wood or Shenfield
Terminus   First Great Western
Greenford Branch Line
  Drayton Green
  Historical services  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Windsor
District line
towards Mansion House