Acton Main Line railway station

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Acton Main Line Crossrail National Rail
Acton Main Line - Platform 4 (2019-01-21).jpg
Looking west from platform 4 in 2019
Acton Main Line is located in Greater London
Acton Main Line
Acton Main Line
Location of Acton Main Line in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Grid referenceTQ203812
Managed byTfL Rail[1]
Station codeAML
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms3
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 0.442 million[2]
2014–15Increase 0.454 million[2]
2015–16Decrease 0.262 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 0.239 million[2]
2017–18Increase 0.264 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
1 February 1868 (1868-02-01)Opened as Acton
1 November 1949Renamed Acton Main Line
Other information
External links
WGS8451°31′02″N 0°16′00″W / 51.5171°N 0.2668°W / 51.5171; -0.2668Coordinates: 51°31′02″N 0°16′00″W / 51.5171°N 0.2668°W / 51.5171; -0.2668
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Acton Main Line is a National Rail station on the Great Western Main Line in Acton, west London. It is 4 miles 21 chains (6.9 km) down the line from London Paddington and the majority of trains are operated by TfL Rail with a small number of Great Western Railway evening services.

Its three-letter station code is AML. It is in Travelcard Zone 3.[3]


Acton Main Line was opened by the Great Western Railway (GWR) on 1 February 1868.[4] Originally simply named Acton, it was operated by the Western Region of British Railways following nationalisation in 1948. On 1 November 1949 it was renamed Acton Main Line.[4] When sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Railways in 1994 .

Together with the underground stations at West Acton and North Acton, Acton Main Line serves the GWR garden estate. This large area of family housing, bordered on three sides by the stations named and on the fourth side by the A40 road, was developed by GWR in the 1920s to accommodate its staff, particularly drivers from the Old Oak Common depot.[5]

By 1947 the station had four platforms, all partially covered along their length by wooden canopies, as well as a siding next to platform 1.[6][7] Both platform 1 and its siding were demolished in the late 1960s, whilst the imposing Victorian station building was pulled down and replaced with a small booking office in 1974.[8][9] As a result of this, the current three platforms no longer have canopies and are numbered 2, 3 and 4. The platform 1 permanent way is still intact, and is used as a fast through line for non-stopping trains; all trains on the Great Western Main Line pass through the station.

The current station building was completed in early 1996; there was also extensive renovation of the adjacent bridge on Horn Lane throughout 1995 and 1996. In mid-2013 a gated barrier was built, dividing platforms 2 and 3 for their entire length. In May 2018, extensions to all three platforms were completed for the purpose of Crossrail.


The typical daytime service from the station is:

In May 2019, additional services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport, operated by TfL Rail, began calling on Sundays.[10]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ealing Broadway
  TfL Rail
Paddington - Hayes & Harlington
  London Paddington
  Future service  
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood
Future service when a station is built at Old Oak Common (e.g. for HS2)
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood
  Historical railways  
Ealing Broadway
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Main Line
  Westbourne Park
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
West London Railway
  St. Quintin Park and Wormwood Scrubs
Line and station closed


Crossrail trains call at Acton Main Line under the interim TfL Rail brand, with 2 services an hour in both the peak and off-peak. To accommodate Crossrail services, various alterations will be made by Network Rail:

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Horn Lane
  • Step-free access between street level and all platforms via a new footbridge with stairs and two lifts
  • Platforms 2–4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including a new canopy on platform 4, along with information and security systems.[11]


London Buses routes 260 and 266 serve the station.


  1. ^ Station facilities for Acton Main Line
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ A. Jowett (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas. Atlantic Publishing.
  4. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  5. ^ See section "The Railway Expansion" at Acton History.
  6. ^ "Wall's Ice Cream and Sausage Factory and environs, Acton, from the west, 1947". Britain from Above. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Acton Main Line Railway Station, the Wall's Ice Cream and Sausage Factory and environs, Acton, 1947. This image was marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing.". Britain from Above. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  8. ^ Lane, Kevin (July 2017). "Hanimex Hymek" on Flickr. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Acton Main Line station, 1960 & 2012" on Flickr. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Paddington to Heathrow Airport (TfL Rail)" (PDF). Transport for London. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Western section". Crossail. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.

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