West Ruislip station

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West Ruislip London Underground National Rail
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West Ruislip is located in Greater London
West Ruislip
West Ruislip
Location of West Ruislip in Greater London
Location Ruislip
Local authority London Borough of Hillingdon
Managed by London Underground
Owner Transport for London
Station code WRU
DfT category F1
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 6
OSI Ickenham London Underground
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Decrease 1.60 million[1]
2014 Decrease 1.56 million[1]
2015 Increase 1.56 million[1]
2016 Increase 1.67 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 0.283 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.344 million[2]
2013–14 Decrease 0.312 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 0.416 million[2]
2015–16 Decrease 0.191 million[2]
Key dates
1906 Opened (GWR/GCR)
1948 Opened (Central line)
Other information
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WGS84 51°34′11″N 0°26′14″W / 51.5696°N 0.4373°W / 51.5696; -0.4373Coordinates: 51°34′11″N 0°26′14″W / 51.5696°N 0.4373°W / 51.5696; -0.4373
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West Ruislip is a station on Ickenham Road between Ickenham and Ruislip in the London Borough of Hillingdon in Greater London, formerly in Middlesex. It is served by London Underground (LU) and National Rail trains on independent platforms. It is the western terminus of the Central line's West Ruislip branch; Ruislip Gardens is the next Underground station towards central London. The Central line and Chiltern Railways platforms and ticket office hall are managed by LU.[3][4] The closest station on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines is Ickenham, 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from West Ruislip Station.[5]

History[edit]

A 1914 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of West Ruislip (shown here as Ruislip & Ickenham)

The station was opened on 2 April 1906 as Ruislip & Ickenham by the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway (GW&GCJR).[6] The GW&GCJR connected London and the Midlands via High Wycombe and provided an alternative route to the Great Central Railway's (GCR's) main line through Aylesbury, Harrow and Wembley which shared its route with the Metropolitan Railway.

Prior to the Second World War plans had been made for a number of extensions to the Central line. The London Passenger Transport Board's (LPTB's) 1935-40 New Works programme included the extension of the Central line to run alongside the Great Western Railway (GWR) tracks from North Acton to South Ruislip and the GW&GCJR tracks from there as far as Denham; the post-war introduction of the Metropolitan Green Belt caused the extension to be cut back to West Ruislip. Had the Central line extension been completed as planned, the next station would have been Harefield Road. Preparatory work on this section had started just before the war and a section of trackbed constructed for the extension can be seen to the west of the road overbridge, beyond the buffer stops of the Central line tracks alongside the National Rail line.

The additional tracks were constructed by the GWR on behalf of the LPTB and on 30 June 1947, the first section of the western extension opened from North Acton to Greenford. On the same date the station name was changed to West Ruislip (for Ickenham).

Central line services began running from West Ruislip on 21 November 1948.

The station building was built by British Railways for London Underground and was not completed until the 1960s and at about the same time the sub-title was omitted from the station name. Some Central line stations with older signage still show the longer name on the line diagrams on their platforms.

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[7]

The London Borough of Hillingdon announced in June 2011 that it would be lobbying Transport for London to have the Central line extended from West Ruislip to Uxbridge tube station. Such a project would require a business case approved by TfL and the completion of signal upgrade work on the Metropolitan line.[8]

Services[edit]

The Monday - Friday off-peak service consists of:[9]

A parliamentary train used to run once a day on weekdays from London Paddington to West Ruislip. The train now terminates at High Wycombe, passing West Ruislip without stopping. [10]

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Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Terminus Central line
West Ruislip Branch
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)
Chiltern Railways
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open, station closed
Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway
Line and station open
Great Western Railway
Uxbridge High Street branch
  Abandoned Plans  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Denham
Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)

Present day[edit]

West Ruislip station is aligned approximately east-west with the main station buildings on the road overbridge across the lines at the western end of the station. The station has four platforms; two each for London Underground and National Rail services. The London Underground tracks are south of the National Rail ones and operate from an island platform whilst the National Rail platforms are outside of their tracks. The National Rail platforms are also served by a separate station building north of the tracks and adjacent to the car park. In a legacy of the original scheme to continue the extension to Denham, the Central line tracks continue for a short distance beyond the station before ending at buffers. The intended alignment of the unbuilt tracks can be seen from the width of the unused railway land south of the existing tracks.

The Central line's Ruislip depot is east of West Ruislip station, and has a connection via a shunting neck to the Network Rail westbound track west of the station to allow rolling stock and material deliveries. The depot also has a connection to the Uxbridge branch tracks of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Lines which pass under the Central line east of West Ruislip; it is used only for empty stock movements and works train access. Two sidings west of the station to the north of the running lines provide layover facilities for works trains.

There are ticket barriers at the main entrance to the station, controlling access to the Central line platforms from the public highway and the pedestrian walkway linking the car park to the station. The Chiltern platforms can be reached from the car park walkway without tickets.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes U1 and U10 serve the station.

Nearby places[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Hendry, R. Preston; Hendry, R. Powell (1992). Paddington to the Mersey. Oxford Publishing Company. pp. 22–23. ISBN 9780860934424. OCLC 877729237. 

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