Mill Hill East tube station

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Mill Hill East London Underground
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Mill Hill East is located in Greater London
Mill Hill East
Mill Hill East
Location of Mill Hill East in Greater London
Location Mill Hill
Local authority Barnet
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 1
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 Increase 1.09 million[1]
2012 Increase 1.10 million[1]
2013 Increase 1.17 million[1]
2014 Increase 1.29 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Edgware, Highgate and London Railway
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1867 Opened (GNR)
1939 Closed (LNER)
1941 Opened (Northern line)
1962 Goods yard closed
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°36′30″N 0°12′37″W / 51.6083°N 0.2103°W / 51.6083; -0.2103

Mill Hill East is a London Underground station in Mill Hill in the London Borough of Barnet, north London. The station is the terminus and only station of a single-track branch of the Northern line from Finchley Central station and is in Travelcard Zone 4. It is the least used station on the Northern line with 1.29 million passengers in 2014.

The station was opened in 1867 as part of the Great Northern Railway's line between Finsbury Park and Edgware stations. As part of London Underground's only partially completed Northern Heights plan, main line passenger services ended in 1939 and Northern line trains started serving the station in 1941.


Main line[edit]

Mill Hill station on an 1890s Ordnance Survey map

Mill Hill East station was built by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway (EH&LR) on its line from Finsbury Park station to Edgware station. Before the line was opened it was purchased in July 1867 by the larger Great Northern Railway (GNR),[2] whose main line from King's Cross ran through Finsbury Park on its way to Potters Bar and the north. The station, originally named Mill Hill, opened along with the railway to Edgware on 22 August 1867 in what was then rural Middlesex.[3][4]

The line was built as a double track formation, but only a single track was laid, with the intention of doubling the track when traffic developed. When the GNR opened a branch from Finchley Central to High Barnet in April 1872, traffic on that section was greater and the second track between Finchley Central and Edgware was never laid. For most of its history the service between those two stations was operated as a shuttle.

After the 1921 Railways Act created the Big Four railway companies, the GNR became part of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923.[5] The station opened as Mill Hill and was given its present name on 1 March 1928.[4]

Northern Heights project[edit]

In 1935, the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) announced a proposal, which became known as the Northern Heights project, to take over the LNER lines from Finsbury Park to Edgware, High Barnet and Alexandra Palace, and link them to both the Northern line at East Finchley and to the Northern City line at Finsbury Park.[n 1] Reconstruction of the line from Finchley Central to Edgware with double tracks began in 1938.[7] The line and Mill Hill East station was closed for electrification on 11 September 1939.[8]

Following the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, completion of the works on the line was slowed. In order to provide a service to the nearby Inglis Barracks, works continued between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East.[7] The station reopened with electric Northern line services on 18 May 1941.[9] The planned second platform at Mill Hill East was not built and the service continued to operate over the single track line as before.[7][10][n 2]


After the war, plans to complete the Northern Heights project were reviewed but no work was carried out. Maintenance works and reconstruction of war damage on the existing network had the greatest call on London Underground funds. Funds for new works were severely limited and priority was given to the completion of the western and eastern extensions of the Central line to West Ruislip, Epping and Hainault.[11] Despite being shown as under construction on underground maps as late as 1950,[n 3] work never restarted on the unimplemented parts of the Northern Heights project.[16][n 4]

British Rail (the successor to the LNER) freight trains continued to serve the station's goods yard until 1962, when it was closed.[19][n 5]

As one of two EH&LR stations retaining its original buildings (with Finchley Central), it is one of the oldest parts of the Underground system, pre-dating the first tunnelled section of the Northern line (the City & South London Railway) by more than twenty years.[n 6]


The Dollis Brook Viaduct between Mill Hill East and Finchley Central

Refurbishment of the station was carried out and completed in March 2007.[20] Works included a new public address system along with improved passenger information systems.[20] The refurbishment of the station and the platforms consisted of structural repairs, the re-decoration and re-tiling of walls and floors.[20] There are now 17 CCTV cameras and 5 Help Points, which required over 11 km of new cable.[20]


The station is in Travelcard Zone 4.[21] With 1.29 million passengers in 2014, it is the least used station on the Northern line.[1] As of October 2006, the Northern line service is a shuttle on the single track between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East, with the exception of peak-hour services. Direct weekend trains were discontinued on 20 May 2007. Currently, as of 2014, direct peak times trains operate to either Kennington or Morden.[22]

Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but generally operate every 11–15 minutes between 05:44 and 00:56 to Finchley Central, Kennington or East Finchley.[22] During peak times, train services are extended to Morden.[22]


London Bus routes 221, 240 and 382 serve the station.[23][24]

Mill Hill East also serves Saracens RFC match-days where shuttle buses run from the station to a short walking distance from the stadium, Allianz Park.[citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At Edgware, the LNER's station was to be closed with the end of the line diverted into the Northern line's own Edgware station with an extension from there taking the line to Bushey Heath.[6]
  2. ^ The second track was laid as far as Mill Hill (The Hale), but was lifted when the work was halted in 1941.[7]
  3. ^ Shown as "under construction", the Northern Heights extensions appeared for the first time on Underground poster maps in 1937 and pocket maps in 1938.[12][13] After the opening of the line to Mill Hill East, the uncompleted remainder of the works were removed from the map between 1943 and 1945.[13] The Mill Hill East to Edgware and Edgware to Bushey Heath sections appeared on the map again from 1946 to 1949 and the Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace section appeared from 1946 to 1950.[14][15]
  4. ^ The section of the extension between Brockley Hill and Bushey Heath was cancelled in October 1950,[17] leaving the section between Edgware and Brockley Hill and the conversion of the line from Mill Hill East to Edgware to be decided. The announcement of its cancellation was finally made in February 1954.[18]
  5. ^ Freight services continued to Edgware until 1964.[7]
  6. ^ The City & South London Railway opened in 1890 between King William Street in the City of London and Stockwell in Lambeth.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Beard 2002, p. 6.
  3. ^ Butt 1995, p. 96.
  4. ^ a b Harris 2001, p. 48.
  5. ^ Wolmar 2005, p. 227.
  6. ^ Beard 2002, p. 59.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Mill Hill East Station". Disused stations. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Beard 2002, p. 92.
  9. ^ a b Rose 1999.
  10. ^ Day & Reed 2010, p. 140.
  11. ^ Bownes, Green & Mullins 2012, p. 173.
  12. ^ Beard 2002, pp. 56–57.
  13. ^ a b "London Transport Underground Maps 1938–1945". Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "London Transport Underground Maps 1946–1947". Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "London Transport Underground Maps 1948–1956". Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Day & Reed 2010, p. 152.
  17. ^ Beard 2002, p. 126.
  18. ^ Beard 2002, p. 127.
  19. ^ Hardy 2011, pp. 175–183.
  20. ^ a b c d "Station Refurbishment Summary" (PDF). London Underground Railway Society. July 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  21. ^ Transport for London (May 2015). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2015. 
  22. ^ a b c "Northern line timetable: From Mill Hill East Underground Station to Finchley Central Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "Buses from Mill Hill East" (PDF). Transport for London. March 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "Mill Hill East Underground Station - Bus". Retrieved 2015-04-26. 


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