Redbridge tube station
|Local authority||London Borough of Redbridge|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|1942-1945||Tunnels used as an aircraft parts factory by Plessey during the war|
|14 December 1947||Opened|
|Added to list||20 July 2011|
|London transport portal|
The station was opened on 14 December 1947. Construction had begun in the 1930s but was delayed by the onset of the Second World War. During the war, the completed train tunnels at Redbridge were used by the Plessey company as an aircraft parts factory. The station building was designed by renowned Tube architect, Charles Holden, who also designed the other two below ground stations on the branch. Originally, the station was to have been named "West Ilford", then this changed to "Red House", before the final decision was made on "Redbridge" (also given in the plans as "Red Bridge".)
History and LocationEdit
Plessey opened their wartime munitions factory in the (at the time) incomplete tube tunnels between Gants Hill and Wanstead in 1942, and production lasted until 1945. Since the station was built, a large roundabout has been constructed next to it, being a junction between the A406 (originally the terminal section of the M11), and the A12.
Redbridge is often described as the shallowest deep level (as opposed to cut and cover) station on the network, as it is only 5.2 metres (17 ft) beneath the surface. However, this is misleading as the station tunnel was constructed by the cut and cover method, with the running lines descending into genuine tube tunnels at either end of the platforms - similar to the Central line platforms at Mile End.
In July 2011 it was granted Grade II listed building status by English Heritage.
It was also mentioned in the Department S episode The Last Train To Redbridge, although the actual station does not appear in it.
- "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1401101)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- Ilford Recorder - Remembrance Sunday: The Secret Munitions Factory in the Underground tunnels at Gants Hill
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- Redbridge station at CharlesHolden.com
- More photos of this station
- RedRag (Redbridge Roundabout Action Group) achieves bus rerouting at the station
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
via Hainault Loop