Becontree tube station

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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Use British English Template:Infobox London station Becontree tube station is a London Underground station on Gale Street in the Becontree neighbourhood of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in northeast London, England. The station is on the District line and in London fare zone 5. The station was originally opened as Gale Street Halt in 1926 by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway on the existing route from Fenchurch Street to Southend that avoided Tilbury. The station was renamed and completely rebuilt in 1932 with an additional pair of platforms to serve the electric District Railway local service which was extended from Barking to Upminster. Two of the station platforms are disused since the Fenchurch Street–Southend service was withdrawn in 1962. The single storey brick station building is of a common design also constructed at Dagenham East, Hornchurch and Upminster at the time.

History

Gale Street Halt had been opened on the London Tilbury & Southend (LT&S) line in 1926. The London Midland & Scottish Railway (owners of the LT&S line) qaudrupled their line between Barking and Upminster and constructed a common station with their existing line and the new trains of the Metropolitan District Railway. The station opened in 1932. The 1932 station was constructed and initially operated by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway with services provided by the District Line from the outset.

The railway here was crossed by a temporary railway constructed as part of the building of the Becontree housing estate.

Becontree station is said to be haunted by a faceless woman with long blonde hair that several staff members have sighted.

Design

The station has four platforms. Two are used by the District Line and another two are disused since the LT&S service was withdrawn in 1962. The station buildings are of typical 1930s design. Three ticket barriers and a gate control access to all platforms.

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Becontree Station in 1961

Location

It is between Upney and Dagenham Heathway stations. London bus routes 62 and 145 serve the station.

Services

Typical off-peak service from the station is:

  • 12 tph (trains per hour) to Upminster
  • 6 tph to Wimbledon via Tower Hill
  • 6 tph to Richmond via Tower Hill

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