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Ealing Broadway London Underground Crossrail National Rail
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Ealing Broadway is located in Greater London
Ealing Broadway
Ealing Broadway
Location of Ealing Broadway in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Managed byTfL Rail[1]
Station codeEAL
DfT categoryC1
Number of platforms9
Fare zone3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2015Decrease 16.84 million[2]
2016Increase 18.60 million[2]
2017Decrease 16.79 million[2]
2018Increase 16.86 million[3]
2019Decrease 16.09 million[4]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 6.373 million[5]
– interchange Decrease 37,391[5]
2017–18Decrease 6.166 million[5]
– interchange Decrease 9,962[5]
2018–19Increase 6.555 million[5]
– interchange Increase 14,436[5]
2019–20Increase 6.910 million[5]
– interchange Increase 23,653[5]
2020–21Decrease 2.066 million[5]
– interchange Decrease 7,409[5]
Railway companies
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
6 April 1838Opened (GWR)
1 July 1879Opened (DR)
3 August 1920Start (CLR)
20 May 2018Start (TfL Rail)
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′53″N 0°18′06″W / 51.5147°N 0.3017°W / 51.5147; -0.3017Coordinates: 51°30′53″N 0°18′06″W / 51.5147°N 0.3017°W / 51.5147; -0.3017
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Ealing Broadway is a major single-level interchange station in Ealing in London, England. It is in the London Borough of Ealing, West London, and is served by the London Underground and also National Rail on the Great Western Main Line. On the Underground, it is one of three western termini of the District line, the next station being Ealing Common, and it is also one of two western termini of the Central line, the next station being West Acton. On the National Rail network, it is a through-station on the Great Western Main Line, 5 miles 56 chains (9.2 km) down the line from London Paddington, between Acton Main Line and West Ealing.

The station is managed by TfL Rail and is served by Great Western Railway and TfL Rail services. As of 2020, the station is being upgraded and expanded as part of the Crossrail project, with a rebuilt ticket hall and the provision of step free access.[6]


The Great Western Railway (GWR) opened its pioneering broad gauge tracks through Ealing Broadway between Paddington and Taplow on 6 April 1838, although Ealing Broadway station did not open until 1 December of that year. As the only station in the area when it opened, it was initially named 'Ealing',[7][page needed] but was renamed Ealing Broadway in 1875.[8]

District Railway (DR, now the District Line) services commenced on 1 July 1879, when the DR opened a branch from Turnham Green on its Richmond line. The DR built its own three-platform station to the north of the GWR one. However, following the installation of a connection between the two railways to the east of the stations, DR trains also served the GWR station from 1 March 1883 to 30 September 1885, on a short-lived service running to Windsor and Eton Central station, which quickly became unprofitable.[9][10][11][12][page needed] It was also intended to use the connection for a service to Uxbridge Vine Street station (via West Drayton), but this was never introduced.[9]

Following electrification of the main District line route through Ealing Common to South Harrow in 1903, the section to Ealing Broadway was electrified in 1905, and the first electric trains ran to Ealing Broadway on 1 July 1905. The original brick-built DR station was replaced with a stone-faced building in 1910.[13]

Prior to World War I, plans were made by the GWR to construct a new, mainly freight, line between Ealing and Shepherd's Bush, to connect west-to-south with the West London Railway. The Central London Railway (CLR, now the Central Line) would use the line by extending its tracks the short distance north from its terminus at Wood Lane (now closed), to meet the new GWR tracks. CLR services to two new platforms at Ealing Broadway, built between the GWR and DR stations, started on 3 August 1920, with, initially, just one intermediate stop at East Acton. The line also carried GWR steam freight trains until 1938, when the links at Ealing Broadway and west of North Acton were removed, and the line was fully transferred to London Underground.

Originally separate companies, by 1920 the DR and the CLR were both owned by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL). Despite this, the CLR services operated via the GWR station building, not the Underground one.

The GWR-built station was demolished in 1961[14] and replaced by a low concrete structure containing shops and a ticket hall, opened in 1965, with a high-rise office building above. The new station building serves all the lines, and the separate District Line station ticket hall was closed, although the building remains, and the original station facade is now the entrance for multiple shops.[15][16]

On Platform 9 (District line) there are some roundels of a style dating from c. 1908, three of which are replicas made in 1992.[17][18]

In the mid 1990s, the Great Western Main Line through the station was electrified as part of the Heathrow Express project.[19]

In the early 1990s, the Crossrail project was proposed to serve Ealing Broadway.[20] After many years of planning, the project was approved in 2007. An interim TfL Rail service between suburban stations and London Paddington began in 2018, and full Elizabeth Line services underneath Central London are currently due to begin in 2021.[21]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 16 November 1937, a steam railcar overran signals and crashed into the signal box.[22]
  • On 20 December 1973, an express passenger train was derailed when an unsecured inspection door on the locomotive hauling it struck point rodding, causing a set of points to move under the train. Ten people were killed, 94 were injured.[23]
  • On 19 July 2000, a Real IRA bomb was planted near tracks in the station. It was discovered and destroyed by police under a controlled explosion.[24]
  • On 2 March 2016, a District Line train derailed just outside the station due to a set of points set incorrectly. There were no injuries.[25]

The station today[edit]

Ealing Broadway
1 20 
3 40 
6 70 
8 90 
Ealing Broadway

The combined station has nine platforms:

  • four National Rail (platforms 1 to 4). Trains do not stop at platforms 1 and 2, except during engineering works or other disruption. Platforms 1 and 3 are on lines leaving London, while 2 and 4 are on lines into London. Most of the National Rail platforms are open to the elements, although there are some waiting rooms on each platform.
  • two Central line (5 and 6), which have a shared awning canopy.
  • three District Line (7 to 9). District Line platforms 8 and 9 are partially covered by a short canopy, and retain one original example and a number of replicas of early solid-disc Underground signs, used before Edward Johnston designed the familiar roundel in 1919.

All platforms are accessed through a gateline of ticket barriers.

2010s station upgrade[edit]

As part of the Crossrail project, the station is being upgraded and expanded to meet increased passenger numbers, improve the interchange between various rail and local bus services and provide step free access.[6]

Initially, only minor station improvements were planned as part of the Crossrail project, such as platform lengthening.[26] However, after local and regional campaigning,[27] the station will be upgraded and step free access provided.[28] After further criticism by local people of poor design,[29] the station entrance was redesigned with a large glass frontage and a long curved canopy to the street.[30]

Designed by Bennetts Associates,[31] the station upgrade will demolish the existing cramped ticket hall and staircases, replacing them with:[6]

  • A new double height ticket hall, twice as large as the previous ticket hall.
  • Improved and enlarged public realm outside the station with new paving, seating and street trees.[32]
  • Step free access from street to platform via new lifts, making the station fully accessible.
  • Refurbishment and upgrade of existing platforms, including new signage, waiting rooms and customer information screens.
  • Platform extensions to accommodate the longer Class 345 trains used by Crossrail.
  • New footbridge at the eastern end of the station linking platforms 1–4.

After several periods of delay,[33] construction on the upgrade began in 2018 by Network Rail. On 27 May 2021, the majority of the new station facilities, including the station building and ticket office, were completed and opened to the public.[34]

Future proposals[edit]

In the early 2010s, the West London Business group backed a Surbiton-to-Brent Cross light metro tube line, called the West London Orbital underground railway, based on Copenhagen Metro technology, which would include a station underground at Ealing Broadway.[35][36] The London Borough of Ealing does not support the proposal, saying "no consensus to progress this project [due] to extremely high costs".[37]

In 2008, the London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport published a plan[38] for an off-road orbital North and West London Light railway (NWLLR), sharing the Dudding Hill Line freight corridor, and using the middle two of the six track beds at North Acton. In April 2009 Ealing Council voted to call on Transport for London to look into the proposal.[39]

The station would have been served by the West London Tram, however this proposal was cancelled in 2007 as it was opposed by the councils of all three London Boroughs that would have been served by the line.[40]


National Rail services are provided at the four Great Western Main Line platforms by Great Western Railway and TfL Rail.[41] London Underground provide services to the three District line and the two Central line platforms.


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

Great Western Railway

TfL Rail

London Underground

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
TerminusCentral line
Ealing Broadway Branch
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)
District line
Ealing Broadway Branch
National Rail National Rail
London Paddington   Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
  Southall or Hayes & Harlington
Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail
Acton Main Line
  TfL Rail
Paddington - Heathrow Terminal 4
  West Ealing
London Paddington   TfL Rail
Paddington - Reading
Acton Main Line
  TfL Rail
Paddington – Hayes & Harlington
  West Ealing
  Future development  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
towards Reading
Elizabeth line
towards Shenfield
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood
  Former services  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Windsor
District line
towards Mansion House


London Buses routes 65, 112, 207, 226, 297, 427, 483, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E10 and E11, and night routes N7, N11, N83 and N207 serve the station.


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