Becontree tube station

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Becontree London Underground
Becontree station building.JPG
Entrance to Gale Street
Becontree is located in Greater London
Becontree
Becontree
Location of Becontree in Greater London
Location Becontree
Local authority London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 Increase 2.76 million[1]
2012 Increase 2.84 million[1]
2013 Increase 3.04 million[1]
2014 Increase 3.40 million[1]
Key dates
1926 Opened as Gale Street Halt
1932 Enlarged and renamed
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°32′25″N 0°07′37″E / 51.54027°N 0.12694°E / 51.54027; 0.12694

Becontree is a London Underground station on Gale Street in the Becontree neighbourhood of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in northeast London, England. The station is on the District line, between Upney and Dagenham Heathway stations and is in Travelcard Zone 5.[2] The station was originally opened as Gale Street Halt in 1926 by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway on the existing route from Fenchurch Street to Southend. The station was renamed and completely rebuilt in 1932 with an additional pair of platforms to serve the electric District Railway local service.

History[edit]

Gale Street Halt had been opened on the London Tilbury & Southend (LT&S) line in 1926. The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (owners of the LT&S line)(LMS) qaudrupled their line between Barking and Upminster and constructed a common station with their existing line and the new trains of the Metropolitan District Railway. The 1932 station was constructed and initially operated by the LMS with services provided by the District line from the outset.[3] The new District line's platforms opened on 18 July 1932 and its route from Barking to Upminster had been electrified on 12 September of the same year.[3]

The railway here was crossed by a temporary railway constructed as part of the building of the Becontree housing estate which operated between 1921 and 1934.[4]

Design[edit]

The station has four platforms which two are used by the District line and another two are disused since the LT&S service was withdrawn in 1962.[3] The single storey brick station buildings are of typical 1930s design which are also constructed at Dagenham East, Hornchurch and Upminster at the time. Three ticket barriers and a gate control access to all platforms.

Connections[edit]

London Bus routes 62 and 145 serve the station.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:

In popular culture[edit]

The station is said to be haunted by a faceless woman with long blonde hair that several staff members have sighted.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Transport for London (May 2015). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Feather, Clive. "District line". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Colin & David 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/column.php?id=135129

Further reading[edit]

  • McCarthy, Colin; McCarthy, David (2009). Railways of Britain – London North of the Thames. Hersham, Surrey: Ian Allan Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-7110-3346-7. 
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District line
towards Upminster