Mile End tube station

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Mile End London Underground
Mile End tube station MMB 03 1992 Stock.jpg
Mile End is located in Greater London
Mile End
Mile End
Location of Mile End in Greater London
Location Mile End
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2012 Increase 14.06 million[1]
2013 Increase 14.37 million[1]
2014 Increase 15.60 million[1]
2015 Increase 16.31 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Whitechapel and Bow Railway
Key dates
1902 Opened
1946 Central line started
1950 Ownership transferred to London Transport
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 51°31′30″N 0°01′59″W / 51.525°N 0.033°W / 51.525; -0.033Coordinates: 51°31′30″N 0°01′59″W / 51.525°N 0.033°W / 51.525; -0.033
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal

Mile End is a London Underground station in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in east London. It is served by the Hammersmith & City, District and Central lines. This station features a cross-platform interchange in both directions, with the Central line's tracks to the outside of the District and Hammersmith & City lines' tracks. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1902 by the Whitechapel & Bow Railway. Electrified services started in 1905. The first services were provided by the District Railway (now the District line); the Metropolitan line followed in 1936. (In 1988 this section of the Metropolitan was renamed the Hammersmith & City line.) In 1946 the station was expanded and rebuilt as part of the Central line eastern extension, with services starting on 4 December 1946. The station passed to London Underground in 1950.[2]

Incidents[edit]

On 5 July 2007 a Central line train was derailed when it hit a roll of fire blanket, which had been blown out of a cross-passage between the two tunnels by the strong crosswinds.[3]

In November 2009, part of a plastic barrier broke off from a departing train and struck three commuters.[4] One woman suffered a 5 cm cut in her forehead, and London Underground Ltd faced a fine of up to £20,000 after admitting liability in the case.[5]

Today[edit]

View of the station's platforms prior to refurbishment. The District and Hammersmith & City lines utilise the centre tracks seen here, while the Central line trains use the outside tracks.
View of the station's platforms after refurbishment in 2016. The District and Hammersmith & City lines utilise the centre tracks seen here, while the Central line trains continue to use the outside tracks.

Mile End is the only subterranean station on the network that offers cross-platform interchange between 'tube' (Central line) and 'sub-surface' (District and Hammersmith & City line) trains. The station takes its name from the A11 Mile End Road, which itself is named after a milestone signifying the point one mile (1.6 km) east of the boundary of the City of London. However, the stone's position was actually closer to Stepney Green than Mile End station itself, which is further east, on the junction with Burdett Road.

The station is currently undergoing renovation works. Metronet, a company in a public–private partnership with Transport for London (TfL), got as far as stripping the station bare before the company collapsed in 2008. After a short changeover period, TfL continued the renovation work.[6]

Notable local places[edit]

The station is close to Victoria Park and Mile End Park, as well as the Regent's Canal. Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Hospital and the now-closed St. Clements Hospital—part of the Royal London Hospital—are nearby.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 25, 205, 277, 323, 339, 425, D6, D7 and night route N205, and National Express Coaches route A9, serve the station.

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Transport Act, 1947" (PDF). The London Gazette. 27 January 1950. p. 480. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-07-30. 
  3. ^ Rail Accident Report - Derailment of a London Underground Central Line train near Mile End station 5 July 2007 (PDF). Department of Transport - Rail Accident Investigation Branch. January 2008. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2011-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Passengers struck by Tube train". BBC News. 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Mile End Mystery Accident Pay-Outs". Londonist. 23 September 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Renovation works". London reconnections. 

External links[edit]

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Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)
District line
towards Upminster
towards Hammersmith
Hammersmith & City line
towards Barking