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South Woodford, originally George Lane, is a London Underground station in the suburb of South Woodford in East London. It is on the Epping branch of the Central line, between Snaresbrook and Woodford stations and is in Travelcard Zone 4.[4]

South Woodford London Underground
South Woodford entrance west.JPG
Western entrance on George Lane
South Woodford is located in Greater London
South Woodford
South Woodford
Location of South Woodford in Greater London
LocationSouth Woodford
Local authorityLondon Borough of Redbridge
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
AccessibleYes[1]
Fare zone4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013Increase 4.59 million[2]
2014Increase 5.03 million[2]
2015Increase 5.15 million[2]
2016Increase 5.25 million[2]
2017Increase 5.28 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyEastern Counties Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon & North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1856Opened
1947Transfer to London Underground
1964Goods yard closed[3]
Other information
External links
WGS8451°35′30″N 0°01′39″E / 51.5916°N 0.0275°E / 51.5916; 0.0275Coordinates: 51°35′30″N 0°01′39″E / 51.5916°N 0.0275°E / 51.5916; 0.0275
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HistoryEdit

 
Roundel on the eastbound platform, showing the old suffix.

The station opened as "George Lane" on 22 August 1856 as part of the Eastern Counties Railway branch to Loughton, which was eventually extended to Epping and Ongar in 1865.[5] The station then formed part of the Great Eastern Railway's system until that company was merged into the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. On 5 July 1937 the station was renamed "South Woodford (George Lane)".[5][6]

The station was subsequently transferred to form part of London Underground's Central line on 14 December 1947 when Central line services were extended from Leytonstone to Woodford.[7] This formed a part of the long planned, and delayed, Eastern Extension of the Central line that was part of the London Passenger Transport Board's "New Works Programme" of 1935 - 1940. After transferring to London Underground the "(George Lane)" suffix fell out of use, though it remains on some roundel signs.[8][note 1]

During the planning of the Victoria line, route options included a continuation of the line from Walthamstow Central to Woodford or South Woodford stations.[9] However, in 1961, the decision was taken to build only as far as Walthamstow Central.[10]

The station todayEdit

The station has two entrances, one on each side of the line. George Lane originally crossed the railway tracks with a level crossing immediately to the north of the station, but this was closed and the road split into two when the line was electrified.[11] The footbridge can be used without a ticket, as unusually for stations on the Epping branch, the footbridge is outside the ticket gateline.[12] For some years the station had step-free access to and from the eastbound platform only.[1] The ramp to the westbound platform was installed and opened in March 2019, making the station fully step-free.[13]

Station improvementsEdit

The station underwent considerable renovations in 2006, 150 years after it opened. Five new CCTV cameras were installed in the station underpass with the intention of improving security as, in addition to the multimillion-pound station refurbishment work being undertaken, crime statistics showed South Woodford station had the highest record of violent crime in Redbridge and the underpass was seen as a security risk, particularly after dark.[14] The rebuilding of the section of westbound platform damaged by fire was also completed and the paint scheme was a mix of white, blue and orange. However, the footbridge over the tracks at the east end has not been repainted.[15]

Services and connectionsEdit

Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but generally operate every 3–7 minutes between 07:03 and 22:39 eastbound[16] and between 06:22 and 22:19 westbound.[17]

London Bus routes 179, 549, W12, W13 and W14, and night route N55 serve the station.[18]

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "(George Lane)" appears on the 1949 tube map, but not on the 1951 map. Harris and Rose both indicate that the name change occurred in 1950.[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. March 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. May 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b Leboff 1994, p. 127.
  6. ^ a b Harris, Cyril M. (2006) [1977]. What's in a name?. Capital Transport. p. 64. ISBN 1-85414-241-0.
  7. ^ a b Rose, Douglas (1999) [1980]. The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History (7th ed.). Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4.
  8. ^ Tube Facts - Tube Stations with other/alternative names
  9. ^ "Public Passenger Transport, London". Hansard. 18 December 1963.
  10. ^ Horne, M.A.C. (1988). The Victoria Line: A short history. London: Douglas Rose. ISBN 978-1-870354-02-8.
  11. ^ Powell, W. R. (ed.) (1973). "Woodford: Introduction". A History of the County of Essex. 6. Victoria County History. pp. 338–44.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "South Woodford tube station" (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  13. ^ "South Woodford Tube station becomes fully step-free". Transport for London. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  14. ^ Edited Press Releases Transport for London London Underground - Metronet improves security at South Woodford (page 7)
  15. ^ "Station Refurbishment Summary" (PDF). London Underground Railway Society. July 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Central line timetable: From South Woodford Underground Station to Woodford Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Central line timetable: From South Woodford Underground Station to Snaresbrook Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Buses from South Woodford" (PDF). Transport for London. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2015.

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