Chigwell tube station

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Chigwell London Underground
Chigwell station building.JPG
Entrance to Station Road
Chigwell is located in Essex
Location of Chigwell in Essex
Local authorityEpping Forest
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013Increase 0.52 million[1]
2014Increase 0.53 million[1]
2015Increase 0.56 million[1]
2016Decrease 0.53 million[1]
2017Decrease 0.50 million[1]
Railway companies
Pre-groupingGreat Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon & North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1903Opened (GER)
1947Closed (LNER)
1948Reopened (Central line)
Other information
External links
WGS8451°37′03″N 0°04′27″E / 51.61749°N 0.07421°E / 51.61749; 0.07421Coordinates: 51°37′03″N 0°04′27″E / 51.61749°N 0.07421°E / 51.61749; 0.07421
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Chigwell is a London Underground station in the town of Chigwell in the Epping Forest district of Essex. It is located on the Hainault Loop of the Central line, between Grange Hill and Roding Valley stations.[2] Since 2 January 2007, the station is in Travelcard Zone 4.[2]


The station in 1984

The station was opened on 1 May 1903 by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) on its Woodford to Ilford line (the Fairlop Loop).[3] As a consequence of the 1921 Railways Act, the GER was merged with other railway companies in 1923 to become part of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER).

The Woodford to Ilford loop was largely integrated into the London Underground Central line as part of the London Passenger Transport Board's "New Works Programme" of 1935 - 1940, which saw an extension of electric tube services into north-east London. As part of this work the station closed on 29 November 1947.[3] Electric Underground trains served the station from 21 November 1948.[3]

From the mid-1960s until the early 1990s the Woodford-Hainault section was largely operated separately from the rest of the Central line, using four-car (later three-car) trains of 1960 Stock.[4] The three car units had a 1938 tube stock middle carriage. These trains were adapted for Automatic Train Operation (ATO): the Woodford-Hainault section became the testing ground for ATO on the Victoria line.[4] Some Victoria line (1967 Stock) trains were also used to operate this section[4] and named FACT, "Fully Automatic Controlled Train". The separate operation has now been abolished, the 1960 Stock withdrawn and through trains to Central London now operate, albeit via Hainault.[5] Because of this, it is normally quicker to travel to Woodford and change there,[4] as trains to central London run frequently from that point. At the buildup to the peak periods, some trains starting from Hainault depot operate to central London via Grange Hill, Chigwell, Roding Valley and Woodford.[5] This is done for operating convenience but passenger demand for these services is particularly high.

The station today[edit]

The tunnel between Chigwell and Grange Hill

Since 5 February 2006 this has been one of the small number of stations on the network to have no staffed ticket office; however staff are available 24 hours a day for customer information.[citation needed]

The station went through refurbishment, which was completed in 2006.[6]


In view of the rising passenger numbers, the train service on this branch was extended to midnight in 2006. (Previously it stopped at 20:00.) The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:


London Bus routes 167 and school routes 667 serve the station.[9] Local Bus route 804 and Local School route 53 also serve the station.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

The station is used as a location in Mike Leigh's 1983 film Meantime.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. May 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Clive's Underground Line Guides, Central Line, Dates". Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d Railfanning London's Railways - Central line
  5. ^ a b c d On the branch line…from Woodford to Hainault
  6. ^ "Station Refurbishment Summary" (PDF). London Underground Railway Society. July 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Central line timetable: From Chigwell Underground Station to Grange Hill Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Central line timetable: From Chigwell Underground Station to Roding Valley Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  9. ^ Chigwell Underground Station - Bus

External links[edit]

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