Greenford station

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Greenford London Underground National Rail
Greenford station MMB 02 165134.jpg
Greenford is located in Greater London
Location of Greenford in Greater London
Location Greenford
Local authority London Borough of Ealing
Managed by London Underground
Owner Transport for London
Station code GFD
Number of platforms 3 (2 LU, 1 bay); 1 bay platform face disused
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2012 Increase 4.05 million[1]
2013 Increase 4.35 million[1]
2014 Increase 4.63 million[1]
2015 Increase 4.72 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 74,196[2]
2009–10 Increase 0.105 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 0.153 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 0.174 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.191 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 0.196 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 0.232 million[2]
Key dates
1904 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°32′33″N 0°20′47″W / 51.5426°N 0.3463°W / 51.5426; -0.3463Coordinates: 51°32′33″N 0°20′47″W / 51.5426°N 0.3463°W / 51.5426; -0.3463

Greenford station is a London Underground and National Rail station in Greenford, Greater London, and is owned and managed by LUL. It is the terminus of the National Rail Greenford Branch Line. On the Central line, it is between Perivale and Northolt stations while on National Rail, the next station to the south on the branch is South Greenford. The station is in Travelcard Zone 4.


A 1914 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Greenford

The original Greenford station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 October 1904 on the joint New North Main Line.[3]

The present station, adjacent to the original, was built in the Central line extension of the 1935-40 New Works Programme of the London Passenger Transport Board. It opened on 30 June 1947 after delay due to World War II.[3] Service at the original ("main-line") station was gradually reduced and it was closed in 1963. Operational responsibility for the station transferred from British Rail to London Transport with effect from 13 November 1967.[4]

The old station for the New North Main Line can still be seen through the window of a Central line train.

The station today[edit]

Greenford station is above ground level with an island platform for the Central line. A bay platform facing south-east between the Underground platforms serves the Greenford branch service operated by Great Western Railway. The branch line then continues south and joins the Great Western Main Line at West Ealing.

Platform 1 is for London Underground trains away from London, usually to West Ruislip, and platform 3 for trains towards central London and beyond as far as Epping, where platform 2 serves the Paddington branch line.

The remaining wooden escalators at Greenford, removed in 2014 and replaced with an inclinator

Greenford was the first London Underground station to have an escalator up to platforms above street level.[5] Until 2014 it remained the final London Underground station with a wooden-treaded escalator in service; all other such escalators were previously converted to fully metal treads, or removed altogether from sub-surface Underground stations in the wake of the fatal 1987 King's Cross fire.

The line between Greenford and West Ealing carries infrequent freight services from Paddington New Yard and sand traffic for Park Royal and is used by occasional diverted passenger services.

In 2009, because of financial constraints, TfL decided to stop work on a project to provide step-free access at Greenford and five other stations, on the grounds that these were relatively quiet stations and some were already one or two stops away from an existing step-free station.[6] £3.9 million was spent on Greenford before the project was halted.[7] The step-free access project, consisting of an innovative glass incline lift, was later restarted, and the incline lift opened on 20 October 2015.[8]


One of the few remaining semaphore signalling installations in London is on the adjacent New North Main Line which Greenford East signal box controls along with the Greenford branch as far as South Greenford. Great Western type lower quadrant signals are still in use.

British Rail plans from the early 1990s to do away with Greenford East signal box and its semaphore signals, with upgraded signalling controlled by Slough and Marylebone signalling centres, were postponed indefinitely as the decline of rail traffic controlled by Greenford East did not justify the cost.


London Underground[edit]

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

  • 9 tph westbound to West Ruislip
  • 3 tph westbound to Northolt
  • 9 tph eastbound to Epping
  • 3 tph eastbound to Loughton

National Rail[edit]

Greenford branch trains (National Rail) run to Paddington every 30 minutes Mon-Sat; there is no Sunday service.[9]


London Buses routes 92, 105, 395 and E6 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ a b "Central Line, Dates". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Platform Ticket News: Greenford". Journal of the Transport Ticket Society. Luton: Transport Ticket Society (48): 348. December 1967. ISSN 0144-347X. 
  5. ^ Bruce, J. Graeme; Croome, Desmond F. (1996). "The New Works Programme Resumed". The Twopenny Tube: The Story of the Central Line. Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. p. 52. ISBN 1-85414-186-4. 
  6. ^ "Disability and Deaf Equality Scheme (DES) 2009-2012". TfL. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "TfL wastes £64million abandoning disabled access plans on the Tube". Evening Standard. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  8. ^ UK’s First Incline Lift Coming To Improve Disabled Access At Greenford Underground… But 8 Crossrail Stations Won’t Have Step-Free Access
  9. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 117 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards West Ruislip
Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)
National Rail National Rail
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Greenford Branch Line
Mondays to Saturdays only
  South Greenford
Disused railways
Northolt   Great Western Railway
New North Main Line
  Perivale Halt