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South Ruislip station

Coordinates: 51°33′23″N 0°23′56″W / 51.5565°N 0.3988°W / 51.5565; -0.3988
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South Ruislip London Underground National Rail
Station building in July 2008
South Ruislip is located in Greater London
South Ruislip
South Ruislip
Location of South Ruislip in Greater London
LocationSouth Ruislip
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hillingdon
Managed byLondon Underground
OwnerLondon Underground
Station codeSRU
DfT categoryF1
Number of platforms4
Fare zone5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Decrease 1.91 million[1]
2019Increase 1.95 million[2]
2020Decrease 0.99 million[3]
2021Decrease 0.89 million[4]
2022Increase 1.41 million[5]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 0.230 million[6]
2019–20Decrease 0.221 million[6]
2020–21Decrease 58,664[6]
2021–22Increase 0.129 million[6]
2022–23Increase 0.153 million[6]
Key dates
1906Tracks laid (GW & GCR)
1 May 1908Opened (GW & GCR)
21 November 1948Started (Central line)
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°33′23″N 0°23′56″W / 51.5565°N 0.3988°W / 51.5565; -0.3988
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South Ruislip is a station served by London Underground and Chiltern Railways in South Ruislip in West London. The station is owned, managed and staffed by London Underground.[7] The station is in Travelcard Zone 5.


A 1914 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of South Ruislip (shown here as Northolt Junction)

The GWR/GCR Joint line to High Wycombe carried services from both Paddington and Marylebone. They met at Northolt Junction, situated slightly to the east of the station, from where four tracks ran westwards to Ruislip Gardens and West Ruislip; there the route shrank to two tracks only. Opened on 1 May 1908[8] and originally known as Northolt Junction, the station became South Ruislip & Northolt Junction from September 1932 and received its present name on 30 June 1947.[9][10] In October 1942, a Wellington bomber flying to the nearby airfield at RAF Northolt crashed near the station, killing all the crew and six civilians.

The station was designed by Brian Lewis and F.F.C. Curtis and first served by Central line trains on 21 November 1948 when the Central line extension from London towards West Ruislip was completed after being delayed by World War II. The rounded booking hall was not completed until 1960.[11] The concrete, glass and granite chip frieze in the booking hall is one of the earliest public works by glass artist, Henry Haig.[12]

In late 1973 and early 1974 the track layout was simplified and the manual signal box was removed in early 1990, along with other manual signal boxes on this line, and its function replaced by colour light signalling and power operated points, both controlled from Marylebone. The track alignments were improved to allow higher speed running at the junction for the services from Marylebone, and the pointwork which had allowed trains from Paddington to call at the westbound Chiltern station platform was removed. All eastbound services were moved to the former through road; the eastbound road, which had formerly extended from the platform road at West Ruislip, was closed and lifted, and the eastbound platform widened.[13] The alignment of the turnout towards Marylebone was improved to allow higher-speed running. Fragments of the old trackwork can still be seen to the north of the line at this point. The trackwork at this station has been upgraded and now permits higher speed running up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[14]

The station today[edit]

Ticket barriers control access to all platforms.

A large West London Waste Authority bulk rubbish handling depot lies to the east of the station which sees a daily waste train in operation. There is also a single-track connection with the Acton–Northolt line.

The lines to Marylebone formerly passed either side of West Waste. As part of Chiltern Railways' Evergreen 3 route improvements works, Northolt Junction was remodelled and included provision to the north of the waste transfer depot of a new down main line alongside the existing up main to allow services to be accelerated. The new down main line has a line speed limit of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) compared with the former 60 miles per hour (97 km/h).[15] The existing down main was remodelled to become the down loop line, used by trains stopping at South Ruislip station.

The bridge outside which carries the lines over Station Approach is lower than others locally at 11 feet 9 inches (3.58 m) and is often hit by high vehicles. Either side of it, false deck beams have been installed so the danger of any impacts causing damage to the bridge itself has been lessened.


National Rail[edit]

National Rail services at South Ruislip are operated by Chiltern Railways.

The station's weekday off-peak service pattern is unusual in that it's served by trains at different frequencies in each direction. The station is served by one train every two hours to London Marylebone and one train per hour to High Wycombe. Services to and from London operate as stopping services calling at most stations. Additional services call at the station during the peak hours.[16]

On weekends, the service is increased to hourly in each direction and northbound services are extended beyond High Wycombe to and from Aylesbury via Princes Risborough.

London Underground[edit]

The typical off-peak London Underground service on the Central line in trains per hour is:[17]

Additional services call at the station during the peak hours, increasing the service to up to 12 tph in each direction.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Chiltern Railways
London Underground
Ruislip Gardens
towards West Ruislip
  Central line   Northolt
Disused railways
Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway
Great Western Railway


London Buses routes 114 and E7 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 14 January 2023. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  2. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2022. Transport for London. 4 October 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  7. ^ "National Rail Enquiries — Station Facilities for South Ruislip". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  8. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  9. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley page 72
  10. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford page 124
  11. ^ Edwards 1985, p. 36
  12. ^ Pearson, Lynn (20 November 2007). "A period of extraordinary fecundity: a survey of postwar murals" (PDF). p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2013. (paper based on Pearson, Lynn (2007). "Roughcast textures with cosmic overtones: a survey of British murals, 1945-80". Decorative Arts Society Journal. 31: 117–137.)
  13. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Ruislip and Beaconsfield reduced". Railway Magazine. 120 (877). London: IPC Transport Press Ltd: 248. ISSN 0033-8923.
  14. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services". Railway Magazine. 120 (877). London: IPC Transport Press Ltd: 248. ISSN 0033-8923.
  15. ^ "Planning Application to Hillingdon Borough Council for revised railway track layout at Northolt Junction" (PDF). London: Chiltern Railways. 23 February 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 September 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  16. ^ Table 115 National Rail timetable, May 2023
  17. ^ "Central Line Timetable". Transport for London. Retrieved 15 September 2023.
  • Edwards, Dennis. F. (1985) Bygone Ruislip and Uxbridge. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. ISBN 0-85033-592-2

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