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South Harrow tube station

South Harrow is a London Underground station on the Uxbridge branch of the Piccadilly line. The station is between Sudbury Hill and Rayners Lane. It is located on Northolt Road (A312). The station is in Travelcard Zone 5. There are several bus stands outside the station as well as overnight train stabling sidings.

South Harrow London Underground
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Southern entrance
South Harrow is located in Greater London
South Harrow
South Harrow
Location of South Harrow in Greater London
LocationSouth Harrow
Local authorityLondon Borough of Harrow
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013Increase 2.29 million[1]
2014Increase 2.50 million[1]
2015Increase 2.58 million[1]
2016Decrease 2.48 million[1]
2017Decrease 2.22 million[1]
Key dates
1903Opened as terminus (DR)
1910Becomes through station
1932Start (Piccadilly line, terminus)
1933End (District line, eastbound)
1933Start (Piccadilly line to Uxbridge)
1935Station rebuilt
1954Goods yard closed[2]
Other information
External links
WGS8451°33′53″N 0°21′08″W / 51.56472°N 0.35222°W / 51.56472; -0.35222Coordinates: 51°33′53″N 0°21′08″W / 51.56472°N 0.35222°W / 51.56472; -0.35222
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Platform view

HistoryEdit

South Harrow station was opened on 28 June 1903 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) as the terminus of its new extension from Park Royal & Twyford Abbey.[3]

This new extension was, together with the existing tracks back to Acton Town, the first section of the Underground's surface lines to be electrified and operate electric instead of steam trains.[4] The Deep level tube lines open at that time (City & South London Railway, Waterloo & City Railway and Central London Railway) had been electrically powered from the start.

On 1 March 1910, the DR was extended north to meet the Metropolitan Railway (MR, now the Metropolitan line) tracks at Rayners Lane and services commenced over the MR's tracks to Uxbridge.[3] North of the station the line crosses the Roxeth Marsh; the viaduct over it between South Harrow and Rayners Lane was an engineering feat of the time.

On 4 July 1932, the Piccadilly line was extended to run west of its original terminus at Hammersmith sharing the route with the District line to Ealing Common.[3] From Ealing Common to South Harrow, the District line was replaced by the Piccadilly line. From South Harrow north, an isolated District line service continued to operate to Uxbridge until 22 October 1933 when the Piccadilly line took over the service to Uxbridge.[3]

The original station building is located approximately 170m south of the existing station and can be accessed from South Hill Avenue. It is similar to the building still in use at North Ealing and remains, adjacent to the eastbound platform, in the car park on the north side of the tracks. Today it is used by London Underground as office space for drivers before and after stabling trains in the sidings and driver shift changes. On 5 July 1935, a new station was opened accessed from Northolt Road.[3] The new station building was designed by Charles Holden as a graduated structure stepping up on each side to the platforms of the high level tracks. The brick walls and bands of horizontal glazing are capped with a series of flat concrete slab roofs.

Stabling SidingsEdit

The 5 west facing dead ended sidings are located to the east of South Harrow and are accessed from both platforms via a pair of crossovers. They are mainly used to stable stock at the close of service as well as engineering trains subject to requirement.

Until the summer of 2015, nine cars of ex-Jubilee Line 1983 Stock were stored there following withdrawal in 1998 in preparation for the Jubilee Line Extension (JLE) and the introduction of the 1996 Stock. The units, which had been out of service for seventeen years, were in a heavily vandalised condition, having spent longer in storage than their fourteen years in operational service on the Jubilee line. All nine carriages were removed for scrapping on the weekend of 27/28 June 2015, which involved being craned onto low loaders during a weekend closure. The stabling capacity was required to facilitate the introduction of the Night Tube on certain parts of the Piccadilly line.[5]

Also stabled in the sidings between 1999 and 2004 was a 1972 (Mark I) tube stock train.[6] This train was unit 3227 and was painted in an experimental livery of blue doors and red cab ends. Like the 1983 tube stocks, it suffered vandalism. This unit was withdrawn from the Northern line after failing at Edgware and it was removed in 2004 and sent to MOD Shoeburyness for storage and scrapping. Another 1972 Mark I unit (3205) in the original condition was stored at the sidings, but this has also been scrapped. A third unit of 1972 stock was stored but that one was immediately stored at the disused Aldwych branch for filming purposes.

ServicesEdit

The off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:[7]

  • 6tph to Cockfosters (Eastbound)
  • 3tph to Rayners Lane (Westbound)
  • 3tph to Uxbridge via Rayners Lane (Westbound)

The peak time service in trains per hour (tph) is:[7]

  • 12tph to Cockfosters (Eastbound)
  • 6tph to Rayners Lane (Westbound)
  • 6tph to Uxbridge via Rayners Lane (Westbound)

ConnectionsEdit

London Buses routes 114, 140, 258, 395, 398, 487, H9, H10, H12, X140 and N140 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. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News. London Underground Railway Society (591): 175–183. ISSN 0306-8617.
  3. ^ a b c d e Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4.
  4. ^ "District Line, Dates". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014.
  5. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pud84QpG6Q&t=87s
  6. ^ https://www.squarewheels.org.uk/rly/stock/1972MkItubeStock/
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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