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East Finchley tube station

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East Finchley London Underground
East Finchley stn building.JPG
East Finchley is located in Greater London
East Finchley
East Finchley
Location of East Finchley in Greater London
Location Finchley
Local authority London Borough of Barnet
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 Increase 6.29 million[1]
2012 Increase 6.30 million[1]
2013 Increase 6.56 million[1]
2014 Increase 7.32 million[1]
Key dates
1867 Opened (GNR)
1939 Started (Northern line)
1941 Ended (LNER)
1 October 1962 Goods yard closed[2]
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1359150[3]
Added to list 22 July 1987
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°35′14″N 0°09′54″W / 51.5872°N 0.165°W / 51.5872; -0.165

East Finchley is a London Underground station in East Finchley in north London. The station is on the High Barnet branch of the Northern line, between Highgate and Finchley Central stations, it is in Travelcard Zone 3, and it serves the local areas of Muswell Hill and Hampstead Garden Suburb.


East Finchley station was built by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway (EH&LR) and was originally opened as East End Station [4] on 22 August 1867 by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) (which had taken over the EH&LR) in what was then rural Middlesex.[5] The station was on a line that ran from Finsbury Park to Edgware via Highgate. The station was given its current name in 1886.

After the 1921 Railways Act created the Big Four railway companies, the line was, from 1923, part of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). The section of the High Barnet branch north of East Finchley was transferred to the London Underground network in 1939 through the "Northern Heights" project which begun in 1935.

For the introduction of London Underground services, the Victorian station was completely demolished and was rebuilt to an Art Deco/Streamline Moderne design by Charles Holden. As part of the rebuild, the station was provided with two additional platforms, giving four in total . This was necessary as the original intention of the "Northern Heights" project was that trains would be able to run south from East Finchley via two routes. One route would have run over the existing tracks to LNER's Highgate station (above ground and now derelict) and onwards via Crouch End to Finsbury Park: this route was never completed. The other route ran through newly constructed tunnels running into a new deep-level Highgate station built under the LNER one and onwards to Archway, Camden Town and central London: this is the route south of East Finchley as it now exists.

The platforms comprise two parallel islands with tracks on both sides. The inner pair of tracks served the 'high level' route to Highgate, whilst the outer pair served the tunnel route. Underground trains first served the station on 3 July 1939 which acted as a temporary terminus for the Northern line whilst the electrification of the line to the north was completed.[6] Northern line services to High Barnet began on 14 April 1940.[6] The station continued to be served by LNER steam trains from Highgate (High-level) station until 2 March 1941 when that service was discontinued.[5] The inner platforms are now used only by trains starting or terminating at East Finchley from Barnet, or coming from or going to the depot south of the station.

After the war, most of the remaining plans of the "Northern Heights" project were cancelled and the section of the LNER line from East Finchley to Finsbury Park was not incorporated into the Northern line. Underground services never ran from East Finchley through Highgate 'high level' station as planned although the line was occasionally used for Underground stock transfers up to its complete abandonment in 1970.

Description of the building[edit]

Like the other stations that Holden designed for London Underground in the 1930s, East Finchley station was at the forefront of British architectural design and took inspiration from European architecture (particularly Dutch) that Holden had seen on trips to the continent during that decade. The track here runs roughly north-west to south-east. The imposing station building, built on rising ground adjacent to the railway bridge over High Road (A1000), has two entrances. The main entrance is at the south-east end of the station. It is on the north-east side of the tracks facing High Road. There is also a smaller, secondary entrance at the north-west end, on the south-west side of the tracks, at the end of an access road called "The Causeway". It is possible to walk through the station from one exit to the other without going onto the platforms.

A strong feature of the station is the semi-circular glazed stairways leading to the enclosed bridge over the tracks occupied by staff offices. These, combined with the station's block-like mass and the narrow deck-like platform buildings, lend the building the atmosphere of a ship. Prominent from the platforms and dominating the main entrance elevation, almost like a ship's figurehead, is a 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) statue by Eric Aumonier of a kneeling archer captured as if having just released an arrow along the railway line towards central London. (The Archer, a local community newspaper, is named after this landmark). The archer is intended to commemorate Finchley's ancient association with hunting in the nearby Royal Forest of Enfield. There is also a pun, in that it faces towards Archway.



London Buses routes 102; 143; 234; 263; H3 and school route 603 and night route N20 serve the station.

Use in media[edit]

It is often used for film and television productions, because of its outward appearance, for example in Home and Away. Charlie Slater was shown leaving EastEnders from here on 13 January 2011, when the station portrayed Walford East.


  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. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News (London Underground Railway Society) (591): 175–183. ISSN 0306-8617. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "East Finchley Station Including Platforms (1359150)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  4. ^ The name "East End Station" appears on the 1873-1876 OS map
  5. ^ a b Clive's Underground Line Guides - Northern Line, Dates
  6. ^ a b Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 

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