West Ruislip station

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West Ruislip London Underground National Rail
West Ruislip stn building.JPG
West Ruislip is located in Greater London
West Ruislip
West Ruislip
Location of West Ruislip in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hillingdon
Managed byLondon Underground
OwnerTransport for London
Station codeWRU
DfT categoryF1
Number of platforms4
Fare zone6
OSIIckenham London Underground
London Underground annual entry and exit
2017Increase 1.72 million[1]
2018Decrease 1.48 million[2]
2019Increase 1.56 million[3]
2020Decrease 0.69 million[4]
2021Increase 0.71 million[5]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2017–18Decrease 0.179 million[6]
– interchange Increase 3,962[6]
2018–19Increase 0.183 million[6]
– interchange Increase 4,030[6]
2019–20Decrease 0.182 million[6]
– interchange Decrease 3,930[6]
2020–21Decrease 43,442[6]
– interchange Decrease 866[6]
2021–22Increase 0.121 million[6]
– interchange Increase 2,648[6]
Key dates
2 April 1906Opened (GWR/GCR)
21 November 1948Opened (Central line)
Other information
External links
WGS8451°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 High Road on the borders of Ickenham and western 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.[7][8] The closest station on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines is Ickenham, 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from West Ruislip Station.[9]


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).[10][page needed] 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.[11]

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. Such a project would require a business case approved by TfL and the completion of signal upgrade work on the Metropolitan line.[12]


National Rail – Chiltern Railways[edit]

The Monday – Friday off-peak service consists of:[13]

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.

London Underground – Central Line[edit]

The peak time (06:30-09:30 & 16:00-19:00 Mon to Fri) service currently consists of:

  • 7tph to Epping
  • 5tph to Debden

The off-peak service currently consists of:

  • 9tph to Epping

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.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Chiltern Railways
Preceding station Underground (no text).svg London Underground Following station
Terminus Central line
West Ruislip Branch
Ruislip Gardens
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway
Line and station open
Great Western Railway
Uxbridge High Street branch


London Buses routes 278, U1 and U10 serve the station.

Nearby places[edit]


  1. ^ "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  7. ^ "Station facilities for West Ruislip". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  8. ^ Transport for London. "Keeping London moving". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  10. ^ Bowlt, Eileen. M. (1996). Ickenham & Harefield Past. Historical Publications. ISBN 0-948667-36-2.
  11. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (877): 248. ISSN 0033-8923.
  12. ^ Coombs, Dan (17 June 2011). "Extending Central Line to Uxbridge will cut traffic". Uxbridge Gazette. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Summer train times" (PDF). 17 May 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.

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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