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Northfields is a London Underground station in Northfields, west London. The station is on the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly line, between Boston Manor and South Ealing stations. It is located on Northfield Avenue (B452) near Lammas Park, and in Travelcard Zone 3.

Northfields London Underground
Northfields station building.JPG
Northfields is located in Greater London
Northfields
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Location of Northfields in Greater London
LocationNorthfields
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms4
Fare zone3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013Increase 4.10 million[1]
2014Increase 4.21 million[1]
2015Decrease 4.08 million[1]
2016Decrease 3.91 million[1]
2017Increase 3.99 million[1]
Railway companies
Original companyDistrict Railway
Key dates
16 April 1908Opened as Northfield (Ealing)
11 December 1911Renamed Northfields & Little Ealing
19 May 1932Station relocated and renamed Northfields
9 January 1933Piccadilly line service introduced
9 October 1964District line service ceased
Listed status
Listing gradeII
Entry number1263487[2]
Added to list17 May 1994
Other information
External links
WGS8451°29′58″N 0°18′51″W / 51.49944°N 0.31417°W / 51.49944; -0.31417Coordinates: 51°29′58″N 0°18′51″W / 51.49944°N 0.31417°W / 51.49944; -0.31417
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal
Interior of the Northfields Tube Station

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HistoryEdit

The route through Northfields station was opened by the District Railway (DR, now the District line), on 1 May 1883 on a line to Hounslow Town (located on Hounslow High Street but now closed). The station opened as Northfield (Ealing) on 16 April 1908.[3][4] The station was renamed as Northfields and Little Ealing on 11 December 1911.

The station was rebuilt twice. As a halt, the 1908 station was quite basic and provided only rudimentary shelters for passengers. The first rebuilding took place in the 1910s (possibly in conjunction with the 1911 renaming) and the station was given a proper booking hall on the bridge over the tracks and better platform canopies.

In the early 1930s a new Northfields station was built in conjunction with the preparations for the introduction of Piccadilly line services on the Hounslow branch and the new Northfields depot that would house its trains. Located on the east side of Northfields Avenue, the new station was designed by Charles Holden in a modern European style using brick, reinforced concrete and glass. Like the stations at Sudbury Town, Sudbury Hill, Acton Town and Oakwood that Holden also designed, Northfields station features a tall block-like ticket hall rising above a low horizontal structure that contains station offices and shops. The brick walls of the ticket hall are punctuated with panels of clerestory windows and the structure is capped with a flat concrete slab roof.

The new station opened on 19 May 1932 with the current name. It has two island platforms serving four sets of tracks (two eastbound and two westbound) and is connected directly to the Northfields depot immediately to the west of the station and south of the tracks. Trains may terminate at Northfields station and then run on to the west to enter the depot. To avoid operational conflicts between the eastbound depot exit track and the westbound running track to Boston Manor, the westbound running track passes under the depot track in a cutting. Trains normally enter and exit service at Northfields although there is also a single track connection from the depot to the westbound running track west of Boston Manor.

 
Northfields Depot 1989

Piccadilly line services started running to Northfields from Acton Town on 1 January 1933 and were extended to run to Hounslow West on 13 March 1933. From this date, the branch was operated jointly by both lines until District line services were withdrawn west of Northfields on 9 October 1964 and between Acton Town and Northfields on 10 October 1964.

On 17 May 1994, Northfields station was made a Grade II listed building.[2]

ConnectionsEdit

London Buses routes E2 and E3 and night route N11 serve the station.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Northfields London Regional Transport Station (1263487)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  3. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
  4. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley

External linksEdit

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District line
(1908–64)
towards Upminster