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Wanstead is a London Underground station in Wanstead in London, England, on the Hainault loop of the Central line. It is in Travelcard Zone 4.

Wanstead London Underground
Wanstead Underground station, entrance.jpg
Northern entrance
Wanstead is located in Greater London
Location of Wanstead in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Redbridge
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013Increase 2.73 million[1]
2014Increase 3.09 million[1]
2015Decrease 2.90 million[1]
2016Increase 2.96 million[1]
2017Decrease 2.95 million[1]
Key dates
1942-1945Tunnels used as munition factory by Plessey company
14 Dec 1947Opened
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WGS8451°34′30″N 0°01′41″E / 51.575°N 0.028°E / 51.575; 0.028Coordinates: 51°34′30″N 0°01′41″E / 51.575°N 0.028°E / 51.575; 0.028
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Construction of the station had started in the 1930s, but was delayed by the onset of World War II. The incomplete tunnels between Wanstead and Gants Hill to the east were used for munitions production by Plessey between 1942 and 1945.[2] The station was finally opened on 14 December 1947. The building, like the other two below ground stations on the branch, was designed by architect Charles Holden. It kept its original wooden escalator until 2003, one of the last Tube stations to do so.

The station has been extensively refurbished since 2006, including the replacement of the original platform wall tiling, which had become badly damaged.


The station is served by London Buses routes[3] 66, 101, 145, 308, W12, W13 and W14, and also by night routes N8 and N55.



  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. ^ Ilford Recorder - Remembrance Sunday: The Secret Munitions Factory in the Underground tunnels at Gants Hill
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