Gants Hill tube station
Southwest entrance in 2008
|Local authority||London Borough of Redbridge|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|1942-1945||Tunnels used by Plessey electronics as a munitions factory during the war|
|14 December 1947||Opened|
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Gants Hill is a London Underground station in the Gants Hill district of Ilford in East London. It is served by the Central line and is between Redbridge and Newbury Park stations on the Hainault loop. It is in Travelcard Zone 4. It is the easternmost station to be below ground on the London Underground network. It is also the busiest station on the Hainault loop.
As part of the 1935–40 New Works Programme, the Central line was to be extended from Liverpool Street to south of Leyton where it would connect to and take over passenger operations on the London & North Eastern Railway's (LNER's) suburban branch to Epping and Ongar in Essex. The section of the LNER's Fairlop Loop (now known as Hainault Loop) between Woodford and Newbury Park was also to be transferred, though not the section south from Newbury Park to Ilford and Seven Kings on the Great Eastern Main Line. To replace the truncated route south from Newbury Park, a new underground section between Leytonstone and Newbury Park was to be constructed, running mostly under Eastern Avenue with new stations at Wanstead, Redbridge and Gants Hill to serve the new suburbs of north Ilford and the Fairlop Loop. [note 1] During planning, the names "Ilford North" and "Cranbrook" were considered for this station.
Construction began in the 1930s and most of the tunnelled section was completed by 1940 but delayed due to the outbreak of the Second World War and eventually came to a halt in June 1940. During the war, the station was used as an air raid shelter and the unused tunnels as a munitions factory for Plessey electronics.[note 2] Construction restarted after the war ended, with the line extended to Stratford on 4 December 1946, and then to Leytonstone on 5 May 1947. Gants Hill station was finally opened on 14 December 1947 as part of an extension to Newbury Park.[note 3]
The station, like the other two new stations on the branch, was designed by architect Charles Holden in the 1930s. During the 1930s the London Passenger Transport Board had provided advice on the construction of the Moscow Metro and an internal report in 1935 by the Underground's engineers on the Russian capital's system led to the decision to construct a station in London to a similar design.[note 4]
The station ticket hall is located beneath the roundabout at the centre of the road junction. It is accessed via a series of pedestrian subways and has no street level buildings, although low structures on the roundabout sit above the ticket hall and provide daylight and ventilation. From the ticket hall, three escalators lead to the barrel-vaulted lower concourse between the two platforms tunnels.
Unlike Redbridge, the station is not Grade II listed despite being described as having "distinctive qualities" in terms of architecture by experts and the absence of surface buildings. However, some find it "worthy" to nominate this station to be listed for its beautiful concourse and rarity to have no exterior.
Services and connections
Gants Hill is served by the Central line between Redbridge and Newbury Park stations. Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but generally operate every 3–4 minutes between 05:23 and 23:57 westbound and 06:25 and 01:03 eastbound.
- 9tph eastbound to Hainault via Newbury Park
- 3tph eastbound to Newbury Park
- 9tph westbound to Ealing Broadway
- 3tph westbound to White City
The typical Night tube service, in trains per hour as of 2018 is:
- 3tph eastbound to Hainault via Newbury Park
- 3tph westbound to Ealing Broadway
- 3tph westbound to White City
London Buses routes 66, 123, 128, 150, 167, 179, 296, 396, 462 and night route N8 serve the station. School bus routes 667, 677 and 679 also serve the station. Bus stops are on Eastern Avenue, Cranbrook Road and Woodford Avenue. Destinations include Ilford town centre, Romford, Leytonstone, Loughton and Wood Green.
Notes and references
- South of Newbury Park, the west-facing junction with the Great Eastern Main Line closed in 1948 to allow the expansion of Ilford carriage depot while Seven Kings Junction was closed in 1956,
- The factory opened in March 1942 which provided employment for 2,000 people; production lasted until 1945. The factory extended almost 5 miles with about 300,000 sq. ft. of space.
- Leytonstone to Woodford (via South Woodford) opened on the same day, forming two branches in the eastern region of the Central line.
- Stations on the original section of the Moscow Metro opened in 1935 that have a similar design include Krasnye Vorota, Okhotny Ryad and Chistyye Prudy.
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- London Transport Museum Photographic Archive - Entrance to station in 1953, with low roof of ticket hall visible in background
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