Acton Central railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Ealing|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Number of platforms||2 <--!|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|2015–16||1.891 --> million|
|1 August 1853||Station opens as Acton|
|1 November 1925||Station renamed Acton Central|
|London transport portal|
Acton Central railway station is on the North London line, between South Acton and Willesden Junction, in Travelcard Zone 3. It is also where trains change power supply from overhead line equipment (25 kV AC) to third rail (750 V DC), or vice versa, depending on direction of travel (overhead line is used to Stratford, third rail to Richmond).
The station was opened as Acton on 1 August 1853[page needed] by the North and South Western Junction Railway (N&SWJR), but was renamed Acton Central on 1 November 1925. The N&SWJR was leased jointly to the London and North Western Railway (LNWR), the Midland Railway (MR) and the North London Railway (NLR) from 1871, but only the NLR operated passenger trains on the N&SWJR until operation of the NLR (and thus of the N&SWJR also) was taken over by the LNWR in 1909. Under the terms of the Railways Act 1921, the LNWR and MR amalgamated (together with some others) at the start of 1923 to form the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, which then absorbed both the NLR and the N&SWJR. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.
Between 1875 and 1902 it was connected with St Pancras via the Dudding Hill line, which branches off the North London line between Acton Central and Willesden Junction. Harlesden (Midland) railway station was the next stop on the line north. The Dudding Hill line is still open today, but only carries freight.
Acton Central was in Zone 2 until 2 January 2008.
In 2011, the platforms were lengthened to allow longer trains.
|Preceding station||London Overground||Following station|
|North London Line||Willesden Junction|
Line and station open
Dudding Hill line
Line and station closed
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- "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
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