Wanstead 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 munition factory by Plessey company|
|14 Dec 1947||Opened|
|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. The station was finally opened on 14 December 1947. It kept its original wooden escalator until 2003, one of the last Tube stations to do so.
This station was part of the extension and reconstruction of the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) 'New Works Programme', an investment programme in 1935-40s that was delayed by the Second World War. The station designs are ‘guided’ by Charles Holden but used other architects. Colours are Zinc grey, black and white. The station is a locally listed building.
The station has been extensively refurbished since 2006, including the replacement of the original platform wall tiling, which had become badly damaged.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wanstead tube station.|
- "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
- Ilford Recorder - Remembrance Sunday: The Secret Munitions Factory in the Underground tunnels at Gants Hill
- "London Underground Station Design Idiom" (PDF). p. 199. Retrieved 19 July 2019.