West Finchley tube station

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West Finchley London Underground
West Finchley stn entrance.JPG
West Finchley is located in Greater London
West Finchley
West Finchley
Location of West Finchley in Greater London
Location Finchley
Local authority London Borough of Barnet
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 1.29 million[1]
2011 Increase 1.37 million[1]
2012 Steady 1.37 million[1]
2013 Steady 1.37 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company London and North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1 March 1933 Opened by LNER
14 April 1940 Northern line service commences
2 March 1941 LNER service ceased
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°36′34″N 0°11′18″W / 51.6094°N 0.1883°W / 51.6094; -0.1883

West Finchley tube station is a London Underground station in the Finchley area of north London in the London Borough of Barnet.

The station is on the High Barnet branch of the Northern line, between Finchley Central and Woodside Park stations, and in Travelcard Zone 4.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) on 1 March 1933 on its line to High Barnet.[2] It opened to serve new housing developing in the area and was built with only modest station structures from the outset. The section of the High Barnet branch north of East Finchley was incorporated into the London Underground network through the "Northern Heights" project begun in the late 1930s. West Finchley station was first served by Northern line trains on 14 April 1940[3] and, after a period where the station was serviced by both operators, LNER services ended in 1941.[2]

Local information[edit]

Station platforms looking south from footbridge

The main entrance is in Nether Street; there is a small front garden between the pavement and the building containing the booking office, though it is not accessible to the public (there are high fences on each side of the path). Access to the north-bound platform by wheelchair and with push-chair is straightforward, though it is necessary to cross a footbridge to reach the south-bound platform. Although there is an entrance directly onto the south-bound platform, it is only open during the morning rush hour. This small entrance was closed for security reasons during the weeks following the 7 July 2005 London bombings although it has now reopened.

The area surrounding the station is mainly residential, though there is a parade of shops just outside, as well as local play- and infant schools. The station is not particularly well attended, with the ticket office often closed, due to the low usage of the station, situated as it is in a relatively wealthy middle-class area, where most people prefer to use their own transport.[citation needed] In the rush hour the station has fairly good usage.

Ticket office[edit]

London Underground Limited announced in June 2007 that due to reduced demand for tickets bought from ticket offices (as opposed to from machines) around 40 of the most lightly used ticket offices at Tube stations will close from March 2008.[4] The list of stations includes West Finchley.

Connections[edit]

London Buses route 326 serve the station.

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b Clive's Underground Line Guides - Northern Line, Dates
  3. ^ Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 
  4. ^ "Oyster success leads Tube ticket office changes". Transport for London. 2007-06-12. Archived from the original on 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 

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External links[edit]

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards High Barnet
Northern line
towards Morden or Kennington