Brent Cross tube station

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Brent Cross London Underground
Brent Cross stn building.JPG
Brent Cross is located in Greater London
Brent Cross
Brent Cross
Location of Brent Cross in Greater London
LocationBrent Cross
Local authorityLondon Borough of Barnet
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2015Increase 2.57 million[1]
2016Decrease 2.49 million[1]
2017Increase 2.52 million[1]
2018Decrease 2.34 million[2]
2019Increase 2.41 million[3]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon Electric Railway
Key dates
19 November 1923Opened as Brent
20 July 1976Renamed Brent Cross
Listed status
Listing gradeII
Entry number1401123[4]
Added to list20 July 2011
Other information
External links
WGS8451°34′36″N 0°12′49″W / 51.57667°N 0.21361°W / 51.57667; -0.21361Coordinates: 51°34′36″N 0°12′49″W / 51.57667°N 0.21361°W / 51.57667; -0.21361
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Brent Cross is a London Underground station located on Highfield Avenue in the Golders Green area of north west London. The station is a Grade II listed building.[5]

The station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern line, between Hendon Central and Golders Green stations, and in Travelcard Zone 3. The Brent Cross shopping centre is some distance away. However, the bus route 210 stops outside the station on Highfield Avenue and the bus route 232 stops near the exit of station on Heathfield Gardens.


The station was designed by architect Stanley Heaps and opened as Brent, the name of the nearby river, on 19 November 1923.[6][7] It was the first station of the extension of what was then known as the Hampstead & Highgate Line, which was built through undeveloped rural areas to Edgware.

The extension had first been planned prior to World War I when the station had been due to be called Woodstock. It was renamed from Brent to its current name on the 2 March 1976 opening of the shopping centre.

Two passing loops were built at the station, not long after it opened, to allow fast trains to overtake slower ones here, but these extra tracks were removed in the 1930s. The bridges over Highfield Avenue reflect this extra width, although both north and south of the station the alignment narrows again.


A planning application, registered in March 2008, for the nearby Brent Cross area[8][9] would improve bus services passing the station. A turning circle for buses outside the tube station is proposed, needing the demolition of nearby housing.

In early 2008, the London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport published the North and West London Light Railway Proposal (q.v.)[10] for a rapid transit scheme through the Brent Cross site, terminating at the tube station.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Brent Cross Underground Station and parade of shops (1401123)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  5. ^ "16 London Underground Stations Listed At Grade II". English Heritage. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  6. ^ London Transport Museum The station just before opening. Note the space for (later) by-pass tracks
  7. ^ London Transport Museum Station building at opening
  8. ^ Developers' website Archived 29 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ London Borough of Barnet Archived 6 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Regeneration proposals
  10. ^ London Campaign for Better Transport Archived 14 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine North and West London light railway (NWLLR) / Brent Cross Railway (BCR) plan
  11. ^ London Campaign for Better Transport Archived 25 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Response to planning application


External links[edit]

Preceding station   Underground (no text).svg London Underground   Following station
towards Edgware
Northern line
towards Morden or Kennington