Park Royal tube station

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Park Royal London Underground
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Park Royal is located in Greater London
Park Royal
Park Royal
Location of Park Royal in Greater London
LocationPark Royal
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
OSIHanger Lane[1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013Increase 1.64 million[2]
2014Increase 1.98 million[2]
2015Increase 2.02 million[2]
2016Decrease 2.02 million[2]
2017Increase 2.02 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyDistrict Railway
Key dates
6 July 1931Station opened as Park Royal
4 July 1932District line service replaced by Piccadilly line
1 March 1936Renamed Park Royal (Hanger Hill)
1947Renamed Park Royal
Listed status
Listing gradeII
Entry number1079328[3]
Added to list15 October 1987
Other information
External links
WGS8451°31′37″N 0°17′03″W / 51.52694°N 0.28417°W / 51.52694; -0.28417Coordinates: 51°31′37″N 0°17′03″W / 51.52694°N 0.28417°W / 51.52694; -0.28417
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Park Royal is a station on the Piccadilly line of the London Underground. It is between North Ealing and Alperton and is in Travelcard Zone 3. It is situated on the south side of the east-west Western Avenue (A40), surrounded by residential Ealing and industrial Park Royal. There is a pedestrian subway under the A40 road near the station.

The station's platforms have a continuous significant gradient (sloping up from south to north).[4]

History[edit]

The District Railway (DR, now the District line) opened the line through Park Royal on its new extension to South Harrow on 23 June 1903.[5] A station, Park Royal & Twyford Abbey, was opened at that time a short distance to the north of the current station to serve the Royal Agricultural Society's recently opened Park Royal show grounds.

The current station was built for the extension of Piccadilly line services over the District line tracks to South Harrow. It opened on 6 July 1931 and replaced the earlier station which closed on the previous day.[5]

First opened as a temporary timber structure, the current station building was designed by Welch & Lander in an Art Deco/Streamline Moderne style influenced by the Underground's principal architect Charles Holden. The station buildings are formed from a series of simple interconnecting geometric shapes. Plain red brick masses are accented with strong horizontal and vertical glazed elements. A large circular ticket hall with high level windows gives access to the platform stairs. The enclosures for these form cascades of glazed steps down to the platforms. The most prominent feature of the station building is the tall square tower adjacent to the ticket hall. This is adorned with the Underground roundel; and represents a visible locator for the station from some distance. The permanent structure was opened in 1936. Attached to the station building and across the small open space of Hanger Green are two curved three-storey retail and office buildings built in the same style as the station.

On 4 July 1932, the Piccadilly line was extended to run west of its original terminus at Hammersmith sharing the route with the District line to Ealing Common. From Ealing Common to South Harrow, the District line was replaced by the Piccadilly line.[5]

From 1 March 1936 until 1947 the station name was modified to Park Royal (Hanger Hill).[5] The suffix was then dropped and the station returned to the unmodified version. Hanger Hill referred to a residential estate adjacent to the station.

Possible development[edit]

The Mayor's plans for the area include improvements to the station access.[6] In 2018, it was announced that the station would gain step free access by 2022, as part of a £200m investment to increase the number of accessible stations on the Tube.[7]

The developers of the First Central business park at Park Royal were planning a new station between North Acton and Hanger Lane on the Central line. This would have served the business park and provide a walking distance interchange with Park Royal station.[8] This is not being actively pursued. London Underground has said that the transport benefits of a Park Royal station on the Central line are not sufficiently high to justify the costs of construction.[9]

Services[edit]

The off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:[10]

  • 6tph to Cockfosters (Eastbound)
  • 3tph to Rayners Lane (Westbound)
  • 3tph to Uxbridge via Rayners Lane (Westbound)

The peak time service in trains per hour (tph) is:[10]

  • 12tph to Cockfosters (Eastbound)
  • 6tph to Rayners Lane (Westbound)
  • 6tph to Uxbridge via Rayners Lane (Westbound)

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 95 and 487 serve the station.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1079328)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Transport Plans for the London Area: West". See How They Run. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4.
  6. ^ "Park Royal Opportunity Area Planning Framework (Chapter 10: The Gateways and the Heart)" (PDF). Greater London Authority. pp. 103, 107. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Huge boost for accessibility as further 13 stations to go step-free". London City Hall. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  8. ^ First Central Business Park.
  9. ^ "Proposed Park Royal Central Line station" (PDF). 20 October 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Piccadilly line
towards Cockfosters
  Former services  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
District line
(1931–1932)
towards Upminster