West Ashfield tube station

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Exterior view of Ashfield House from Cromwell Road

West Ashfield underground station is a mock-up London Underground District line station situated on the third floor of Ashfield House in West Kensington. It is used for staff training purposes and was opened in 2010 at a cost of £800,000.[1][2]


Designed by Reyneke Designs[3] and completed in 2009, the station is used by the London Underground for training staff and is laid out exactly as a real station would be, except it is significantly shorter, the anti-suicide pit is a painted effect and the train façade in the tunnel won't actually move into the station.

The single platform is nominally a westbound platform on the District line. Staff are able to run training sessions which reflect signal points, tannoy announcements and electricity power controls. A fan in an upper corner of the room simulates the familiar blast of air when a train arrives and the platform can vibrate to simulate the rumbling of an approaching train.

The Model Railway[edit]

Also located at the West Ashfield training facility, and also designed by Reyneke Designs, is a fully working model railway, which is used to simulate various faults, so that staff can learn how to deal with them.[4]

The five stations on The Model Railway are: 'Hobbs End', 'Kensington Palace', 'West Ashfield', 'Strand-on-the-Green' and 'Hammersmith Bridge'.


  1. ^ Bryant, Miranda (21 July 2010). "The Tube station that cost £1million but has no passengers". Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Michelle Stevens (18 January 2010). "Mock tube station gives London Underground staff real-life training". CIPD. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  3. ^ West Ashfield Simulated LUL Station page at the Reyneke Designs website.
  4. ^ Fully Signalled Model Railway for London Underground page at Reneke Designs website.

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Coordinates: 51°29′28″N 0°12′14″W / 51.49111°N 0.20389°W / 51.49111; -0.20389