South Woodford tube station

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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Use British English Template:Refimprove Template:Infobox London station South Woodford tube station is a London Underground station on the Central Line, between Snaresbrook and Woodford in Zone 4.


The station opened as South Woodford (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. 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. The station was subsequently transferred to form part of London Underground's Central Line from 14 December 1947. 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.

The station underwent considerable renovations in 2006, 150 years after its first opening.

The suffix "George Lane" has been officially dropped since 1947, upon transfer to the Underground, but is, unusually, retained on the station's nameplate roundels.

It was once suggested that the Victoria Line could be extended to Woodford or South Woodford stations.Template:Citation needed

The Station today

The Station has two entrances, one on each side of the line. Both are on George Lane, a road split in half when the level crossing was removed during electrification. The footbridge can be used without a ticket, as unusually for stations on the Epping branch, the footbridge is outside the ticket gate line.

The eastbound ticket office is open each morning for ticket sales. The westbound ticket office is no longer in use. Self-service ticket/oyster machines are in operation.

Transport links

London bus routes 679 and N55

Route Number Route Via Operator Operation
179 Template:Access icon Chingford Template:Rail-interchange to Ilford Hainault Street Woodford Green, South Woodford Template:Rail-interchange, Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
549 Template:Access icon South Woodford Station Template:Rail-interchange to Loughton Station Template:Rail-interchange Woodford Template:Rail-interchange, Roding Valley Template:Rail-interchange, Buckhurst Hill Template:Rail-interchange Go-Ahead London Mon-Sat except evenings. London Buses service. Times
W12 Template:Access icon Walthamstow Coppermill Lane to Wanstead Station Template:Rail-interchange Walthamstow Central Template:Rail-interchangeTemplate:Rail-interchange, Whipps Cross Hospital, South Woodford Template:Rail-interchange HCT Group Daily. London Buses service. Times
W13 Template:Access icon Woodford Wells to Leytonstone Station Template:Rail-interchange Woodford Green, Snaresbrook Template:Rail-interchange, Wanstead Template:Rail-interchange HCT Group Daily. London Buses service. Times
W14 Template:Access icon Leyton Asda to Woodford Bridge South Woodford Template:Rail-interchange, Wanstead Template:Rail-interchange, Leytonstone Template:Rail-interchange Tower Transit Daily. London Buses service. Times



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