Fairlop tube station

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Fairlop London Underground
Fairlop stn building.JPG
Station entrance
Fairlop is located in Greater London
Location of Fairlop in Greater London
Location Fairlop
Local authority London Borough of Redbridge
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Increase 0.97 million[1]
2014 Increase 1.09 million[1]
2015 Increase 1.13 million[1]
2016 Increase 1.20 million[1]
Key dates
1903 Opened (GER)
1947 Closed (LNER)
1948 Opened (Central line)
24 March 1958 Goods yard closed[2]
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°35′44″N 0°05′26″E / 51.59562°N 0.09054°E / 51.59562; 0.09054Coordinates: 51°35′44″N 0°05′26″E / 51.59562°N 0.09054°E / 51.59562; 0.09054
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal

Fairlop is a London Underground station in the district of Fairlop in east London on the Central line of the London Underground. It has been in Travelcard Zone 4 since 2 January 2007. It is on the north side of Forest Road, in Fairlop, just north of Barkingside.


The station was opened on 1 May 1903 as part of the Great Eastern Railway's (GER) Woodford to Ilford "loop" or branch line (the Fairlop Loop). This line, designed to stimulate suburban growth, had a chequered career. 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). As part of the 1935 - 1940 "New Works Programme" of the London Passenger Transport Board, the majority of the loop was to be transferred to form the eastern extensions of the Central line. Although work commenced in 1938, it was suspended on the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and work only recommenced in 1946.

Steam train services serving Fairlop were suspended on 29 November 1947 and electrified Central line passenger services, to Central London via Gants Hill, finally commenced on 31 May 1948. The line from Newbury Park to Hainault through Fairlop had been electrified for empty train movements to the new depot at Hainault from 14 December 1947.

Few alterations took place during this transfer, and the station remains a fine example of an Edwardian railway station including canopies that still bear the "GER" symbol in the bracketry.

The station has toilet facilities, a car park and a waiting room on the westbound platform.



  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. March 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  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. 

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Central line
towards Hainault or
Woodford (via Hainault)