West Ealing railway station

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West Ealing Crossrail National Rail
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West Ealing is located in Greater London
West Ealing
West Ealing
Location of West Ealing in Greater London
LocationWest Ealing
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Grid referenceTQ166807
Managed byTfL Rail[1]
Station codeWEA
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms3
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13Increase 1.171 million[2]
2013–14Increase 1.302 million[2]
2014–15Increase 1.347 million[2]
2015–16Decrease 0.989 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 0.924 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
4 June 1838Line opened
1 March 1871 (1871-03-01)Station opened as Castle Hill and Ealing Dene
1 March 1883District Railway service introduced
30 September 1885District Railway service ceased
1 July 1899Renamed West Ealing
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS8451°30′49″N 0°19′13″W / 51.5137°N 0.3203°W / 51.5137; -0.3203Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 0°19′13″W / 51.5137°N 0.3203°W / 51.5137; -0.3203
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West Ealing railway station is on the Great Western Main Line in Ealing, west London. It is 6 miles 46 chains (10.6 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Ealing Broadway to the east and Hanwell to the west. Its three-letter station code is WEA.

Most trains serving it are currently operated by Great Western Railway and TfL Rail with Chiltern Railways operating one service a day. In 2019 the TfL Rail service will become part of the Elizabeth line and in December 2019 will open for its full length from Reading to Shenfield.


The original station building visible in the distance, on the far right, in 1962. The milk dock is visible near the centre; platform 1 and its siding are visible on the extreme right.
West Ealing station in 1978

The station was opened in 1871 as Castle Hill and Ealing Dene on the Great Western Railway, which was constructed from London Paddington through Ealing to Maidenhead in 1836–1838.[3] From 1 March 1883, the station—then named Castle Hill (Ealing Dean)—was served by District Railway services running between Mansion House and Windsor. This service was discontinued as uneconomic after 30 September 1885.[4][5] The station was located next to the London Co-operative Society's main creamery, and so was equipped with a dedicated milk train platform.

Originally the station consisted of four platforms in a staggered layout: platform 1 (along with a siding) and the island comprising platforms 2 and 3 to the west of the Drayton Green Road bridge, and platform 4 on the east side.[6] Platform 1 and its siding were demolished in the late 1960s; platform 4 was demolished and moved west of the bridge by early 1990, partially covering the site of the then long-closed milk depot;[7] platform 2 was partially demolished and fenced off by early 1991 as trains on the main line no longer serviced the station. From around 1985 to 1990, access to the original platform 4 was opposite the station building, across Drayton Green Road bridge. The current station building was completed in early 1987, following the demolition of the previous century-old building a year earlier. A west-facing terminating platform, platform 5, was added in 2016 for trains on the Greenford branch.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 5 August 1989, an express passenger train travelling from Oxford to Paddington collided with a piece of rail left on the track, probably by vandals, and the locomotive, Class 50 50025 Invincible, was derailed along the points near to platform 2 (these points were removed by November of that year). There were no serious injuries.[8][9]


Great Western Railway Class 165 at the Greenford bay platform, 2017

West Ealing is on the original line of the Great Western Railway. The restricted facilities are an intermittently open booking office and a ticket machine. The station is in Travelcard Zone 3.

Presently there are five lines (two for fast services out of Paddington), but only platforms 3–5 exist. There are also the remains of another platform next to platform 5, which is the now long-closed LCS dedicated milk depot platform.


The station is served on Mondays to Saturdays by local services operated by Chiltern Railways, Great Western Railway and TfL Rail. The station is closed on Sundays.


The typical Monday-Saturday service frequency (trains per hour – tph) is:

TfL Rail

Great Western Railway

The services operated by TfL Rail were operated by Heathrow Connect until May 2018.

Since October 2008, Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys originating or ending at West Ealing.[10]

In September 2016, Great Western Railway began operating services from Paddington with Class 387 EMUs, which led to some Greenford services that had previously run to Paddington to terminate at West Ealing using the newly converted terminal platform. All Greenford services terminate at West Ealing from January 2017.[11]

In December 2018, Chiltern Railways commenced operating a once per day parliamentary service on weekdays from South Ruislip and to High Wycombe via the Greenford line.[12][13] It replaced a service to London Paddington via the Acton-Northolt line.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Drayton Green   Great Western Railway
Greenford line
Monday – Saturday only
South Ruislip   Chiltern Railways
Greenford line (limited service)
Monday - Friday only
Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail
Heathrow Terminal 4
  TfL Rail
Heathrow Terminal 4 - Paddington
Monday – Saturday only
  Ealing Broadway
towards London Paddington
  Future developments  
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
towards Reading
Elizabeth line
towards Shenfield
  Historical services  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Windsor
District line
towards Mansion House


London Buses routes E7 and E11 serve the station.


The area of the former milk train bay, 2012. This was converted in 2016 into an extra bay platform for the Greenford branch, as part of the Crossrail project.

There are plans to provide through Crossrail services across central London at the station from autumn 2019.[14] As part of this proposal, services from the Greenford Branch Line now terminate at West Ealing. Network Rail created capacity for this by converting the former LCS milk train bay into an extra bay platform.[15] In addition, various further alterations will be made by Network Rail by the end of 2017:[16]

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Manor Road (to the north of the station)
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3–4 extended to enable 9-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting, a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security systems


  1. ^ Station facilities for West Ealing
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ MacDermot, E T (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. 1 (1833-1863) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway.
  4. ^ Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0.
  5. ^ Day, John R.; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (10th ed.). Harrow: Capital Transport. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-85414-316-7.
  6. ^ Law, John. "glc - west ealing station gwr" on Flickr. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ Mitchell, V; Smith, K (2000). Branch Lines of West London. Midhurst: Middleton Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-901706-50-5.
  8. ^ "Photo of 50025 at West Ealing, August 1989". Rail Blue. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Accident at West Ealing in August 1989". Railways Archive. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Oyster PAYG on National Rail" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2009.
  11. ^ "Greenford line alterations". Great Western Railway. Archived from the original on 14 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  12. ^ 2V27 1102 South Ruislip to West Ealing Real Train Times 10 December 2018
  13. ^ 2M27 1147 West Ealing to High Wycombe Real Train Times 10 December 2018
  14. ^ "Crossrail - West Ealing Station" www.crossrail.co.uk; Retrieved 21 March 2016
  15. ^ Transport Watch: 'Tube crime down for third consecutive year' - Ealing Gazette[dead link]
  16. ^ "Crossrail Station Design Contract Awarded". Crossrail. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2012.

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