Ealing Broadway station

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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Use British English Template:Infobox London station Ealing Broadway is an National Rail and London Underground station in Ealing in west London. The station is located in Haven Green (B455), at the termination of The Broadway, and is in Travelcard Zone 3.

Services

National Rail services are provided at the four Great Western Main Line platforms by First Great Western and Heathrow Connect. London Underground provide services to the three District Line and the two Central Line platforms.

For National Rail services, the next station to the east is Template:Stnlnk, but most trains run non-stop to Template:LUL stations. To the west, the next three local stations are Template:Stnlnk, Template:Stnlnk and Template:Stnlnk.

Ealing Broadway is the western terminus for both of the London Underground lines; on the District line, the next station to the east is Template:LUL stations, and on the Central Line, Template:LUL stations.

History

The Great Western Railway (GWR) opened its pioneering broad gauge tracks through Ealing Broadway between Template:LUL stations and Template:Stnlnk on 6 April 1838, although Ealing Broadway station did not open until the following 1 December. As the only station in the area when it opened, it was initially named 'Ealing'.

Metropolitan District Railway (MDR, now the District Line) services commenced on 1 July 1879, when the MDR opened a branch from Template:LUL stations on its Template:LUL stations line. The MDR built its own three-platform station to the north of the GWR one, although, following the installation of a connection between the two railways to the east of the stations, MDR trains also served the GWR station from 1 March 1883, on a short-lived service running to Template:Stnlnk station, which was withdrawn as unremunerative on 30 September 1885.<ref name=Connor1993>Template:Cite book</ref> It was also intended to use the connection for a service to Template:Stnlnk station (via Template:Stnlnk), but this was never introduced.<ref name=Connor1993 />

Following electrification of the main District line route through Template:LUL stations to Template:LUL stations in 1903, the section to Ealing Broadway was electrified in 1905, and the first electric trains ran to Ealing Broadway on 1 July 1905. The original brick-built MDR station was replaced with a stone-faced building sometime between 1907 and 1916.

Prior to World War I, plans were made by the GWR to construct a new, mainly freight, line between Ealing and Shepherd's Bush, to connect west-to-south with the West London Railway. The Central London Railway (CLR, now the Central Line) would use the line by extending its tracks the short distance north from its terminus at Wood Lane (now closed), to meet the new GWR tracks. CLR services to two new platforms at Ealing Broadway, built between the GWR and MDR stations, started on 3 August 1920, with, initially, just one intermediate stop at Template:LUL stations. The line also carried GWR steam freight trains until 1938, when the links at Ealing Broadway and west of Template:LUL stations were removed, and the line was fully transferred to London Underground.

Originally separate companies, by 1920 the MDR (by then known as the District Railway) and the CLR were both owned by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL). Despite this, the CLR services operated via the GWR station building, not the Underground one.

The GWR-built station was demolished in the 1970s and replaced by a low concrete structure containing shops and a ticket hall, with a high-rise office building above. The new station building serves all the lines, and the separate District Line station ticket hall was closed, although the building remains, and the original station entrance is now a shop.

On 8 June 2006, a 14-year old boy was killed whilst trespassing on the District line railway track at Platform 9.

On Platform 9 (District line) there are some roundels of a style dating from Template:Circa, three of which are replicas made in 1992.

The station today

Template:Ealing Broadway station The combined station has nine platforms:

  • four National Rail (platforms 1 to 4). Trains do not stop at platforms 1 and 2, except during engineering works or other disruption. Platforms 1 and 3 are on lines leaving London, while 2 and 4 are on lines into London. Most of the National Rail platforms are open to the elements, although there are some waiting rooms on each platform.
  • two Central line (5 and 6), which have a shared awning canopy.
  • three District Line (7 to 9). District Line platforms 8 and 9 are partially covered by a short canopy, and retain a number of examples of early solid-disc Underground signs, used before Edward Johnston designed the familiar roundel in 1919.

All platforms are accessed through a gateline of ticket barriers.

Timetable

The typical off-peak service frequency (trains per hour – tph) is:

First Great Western

Heathrow Connect

  • 2tph to Paddington (does not call at Acton Main Line)
  • 2tph to Template:Stnlnk (Heathrow Connect)

London Underground

Transport links

London bus routes 112, 207, 226, 427, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E10, E11, 24 hour routes 65, 83, 297 and night routes N7, N11 and N207.

Forthcoming improvements

Crossrail will call at Ealing Broadway. Services are expected to commence in 2018.<ref name="Crossrail 2018">Template:Cite news</ref> To accommodate Crossrail services, various alterations will be made by Network Rail:

  • Platforms 1–3 extended
  • Step-free access
  • Enlarged booking hall with more ticket gatelines
  • Enlarged and remodelled pedestrian forecourt
  • New footbridge to the east end of the station linking platforms 1–4
  • Construction of a new canopy on platform 4.

Proposals

The West London Business group backs a Surbiton-to-Brent Cross light rail, called the West London Orbital underground railway, based on Copenhagen Metro technology, which would include a station underground at Ealing Broadway. The London Borough of Ealing does not support the proposal, saying "no consensus to progress this project [due] to extremely high costs".

The London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport published a plan in 2008 for an off-road orbital North and West London Light railway (NWLLR), sharing the Dudding Hill Line freight corridor, and using the middle two of the six track beds at North Acton tube station. In April 2009 Ealing Council voted to call on Transport for London to look into the proposal.

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