Acton Central railway station

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Acton Central London Overground
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Acton Central is located in Greater London
Acton Central
Acton Central
Location of Acton Central in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeACC
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2 <--!
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Decrease 1.891 --> million[2]
2016–17Increase 1.932 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 1.908 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 1.887 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 1.754 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 0.727 million[2]
Key dates
1 August 1853Station opens as Acton
1 November 1925Station renamed Acton Central
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′31″N 0°15′47″W / 51.5087°N 0.2630°W / 51.5087; -0.2630Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°15′47″W / 51.5087°N 0.2630°W / 51.5087; -0.2630
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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 Victorian Super Outer Circle route. Acton Central station is on the lower left, to the north of South Acton station

The station was opened as Acton on 1 August 1853[3][page needed] by the North and South Western Junction Railway (N&SWJR), but was renamed Acton Central on 1 November 1925.[4] 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.[5] 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.

When sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Railways.

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 station was named for closure by the 1963 Beeching Report,[6] also known as the Beeching Axe.

Acton Central was in Zone 2 until 2 January 2008.

In 2011, the platforms were lengthened to allow longer trains.


Acton Central currently has the following London Overground (North London Line) services, which are operated by Class 378 trainsets:[7]


Preceding station Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground Following station
South Acton
towards Richmond
North London Line Willesden Junction
towards Stratford
Disused railways
South Acton
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
Dudding Hill line
  Harlesden (Midland)
Line and station closed


London Buses routes 70, 207, 218, 607 and night routes N7, N207 and N266 serve the station.[8]


  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Bolton, Diane K.; Croot, Patricia E.C.; Hicks, M.A. (1982). Baker, T.F.T.; Elrington, C.R. (eds.). A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden.
  4. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  5. ^ Casserley, H.C. (April 1968). Britain's Joint Lines. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 106. ISBN 0-7110-0024-7. 469 CEX 468.
  6. ^ Beeching, Richard (27 March 1963). The Reshaping of British Railways Part 1: Report (Report). London: HMSO. p. 109. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  7. ^ Table 59 National Rail timetable, May 2020
  8. ^ "Buses from Acton Central" (PDF). TfL. June 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.

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