Greenford is a London Underground and National Rail station in Greenford, Greater London, and is owned and managed by London Underground. It is the terminus of the National Rail Greenford Branch Line, 2 miles 40 chains (4.0 km) down the line from West Ealing and 9 miles 6 chains (14.6 km) measured from London Paddington. On the Central line, it is between Perivale and Northolt stations while on National Rail, the next station to the south on the branch is South Greenford.
|Local authority||London Borough of Ealing|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Owner||Transport for London|
|Number of platforms||3 (2 LU, 1 bay); 1 bay platform face disused|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|30 June 1947||LU station opened|
|17 June 1963||Original main line platforms closed|
|London transport portal|
Greenford station is in Travelcard Zone 4.
The present station, adjacent to the original, was designed by Brian Lewis and built in the Central line extension of the 1935-40 New Works Programme of the London Passenger Transport Board. It was completed by Frederick Francis Charles Curtis and opened on 30 June 1947 after delay due to World War II. Service at the original ("main-line") station was gradually reduced and it was closed in 1963. Operational responsibility for the station transferred from British Rail to London Transport with effect from 13 November 1967.
The site of the old station for the New North Main Line can still be seen from inside Central line trains.
The station todayEdit
Greenford station is above ground level with an island platform for the Central line. A bay platform facing south-east between the Underground platforms serves the Greenford branch service operated by Great Western Railway. The branch line then continues south and joins the Great Western Main Line at West Ealing.
Platform 1 is for westbound Central line trains, and platform 3 for eastbound trains. The access to the platform via escalators takes passengers to the front of the train for westbound service, and the rear for eastbound service.
Greenford was the first London Underground station to have an escalator up to platforms above street level. Until 2014 it remained the final London Underground station with a wooden-treaded escalator in service; all other such escalators were previously converted to fully metal treads, or removed altogether from sub-surface Underground stations in the wake of the fatal 1987 King's Cross fire.
The line between Greenford and West Ealing carries infrequent freight services from Paddington New Yard and sand traffic for Park Royal and is occasionally used by passenger services.
In 2009, because of financial constraints, TfL decided to stop work on a project to provide step-free access at Greenford and five other stations, on the grounds that these were relatively quiet stations and some were already one or two stops away from an existing step-free station. £3.9 million was spent on Greenford before the project was halted. The step-free access project, consisting of an innovative glass incline lift, was later restarted, and the incline lift opened on 20 October 2015.
One of the few remaining semaphore signalling installations in London is on the adjacent New North Main Line which Greenford East signal box controls along with the Greenford branch as far as South Greenford. Great Western type lower quadrant signals are still in use.
British Rail plans from the early 1990s to do away with Greenford East signal box and its semaphore signals, with upgraded signalling controlled by Slough and Marylebone signalling centres, were postponed indefinitely as the decline of rail traffic controlled by Greenford East did not justify the cost.
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:
- 9 tph westbound to West Ruislip
- 3 tph westbound to Northolt
- 9 tph eastbound to Epping
- 3 tph eastbound to Loughton
Great Western Railway operate a shuttle service to West Ealing every 30 minutes between Mondays and Saturdays. There is no Sunday service on the line. Services call at South Greenford, Castle Bar Park, Drayton Green and West Ealing and the journey time is just over 10 minutes. The final service of the day runs through to London Paddington, as well as the first terminating service. Until January 2017, all services used to run to and from London Paddington however it was then reduced to just a shuttle to and from West Ealing after the new bay platform was built there to allow for Elizabeth Line services to Reading
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
towards West Ruislip
|Terminus||Great Western Railway
Greenford Branch Line
Mondays to Saturdays only
|Northolt||Great Western Railway
New North Main Line
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- UK’s First Incline Lift Coming To Improve Disabled Access At Greenford Underground… But 8 Crossrail Stations Won’t Have Step-Free Access
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