Acton Main Line railway station

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This article is about the National Rail station on the Great Western Main Line. For other stations in Acton, see Acton station (disambiguation).
Acton Main Line National Rail
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Acton Main Line is located in Greater London
Acton Main Line
Acton Main Line
Location of Acton Main Line in Greater London
Location Acton
Local authority London Borough of Ealing
Grid reference TQ203812
Managed by Great Western Railway
Station code AML
DfT category E
Number of platforms 3
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 0.350 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.384 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 0.442 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 0.454 million[1]
2015–16 Decrease 0.262 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Key dates
1 February 1868 (1868-02-01) Opened as Acton
1 November 1949 Renamed Acton Main Line
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°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
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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-line from London Paddington, and is served by local trains operated by Great Western Railway.

Its three-letter station code is AML. It is in Travelcard Zone 3.[2]


Acton Main Line was opened by the Great Western Railway (GWR) on 1 February 1868.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5][6] Both platform 1 and its siding were demolished in the late 1960s, when the imposing Victorian station building was also pulled down and replaced with a small booking office.[7] 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 Intercity Trains pass through on the Great Western Main Line. 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.


The typical Monday to Saturday daytime service from the station is:

Additionally, before 07:00 and after 21:00 a number of Great Western Railway main line services call. These include services between London Paddington, Reading and Didcot.[8]

There is no Sunday service.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ealing Broadway   Great Western Railway
Hayes & Harlington - Paddington
Monday – Saturday only
Ealing Broadway   Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line to Reading
after 21:00 only
  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 will call at Acton Main Line, with 4 services an hour in both the peak and off-peak. Services are expected to commence in 2019. 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.[9]


London Buses routes 260 and 266 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ A. Jowett (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas. Atlantic Publishing. 
  3. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ See section "The Railway Expansion" at Acton History.
  5. ^ "Wall's Ice Cream and Sausage Factory and environs, Acton, from the west, 1947". Britain from Above. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  6. ^ "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 2014-08-29.
  7. ^ "Acton Main Line station, 1960 & 2012". Flickr. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  8. ^ Services all indicated onNational Rail timetable.
  9. ^ "Western section". Crossail. 23 Oct 2015. Retrieved 23 Oct 2015. 

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