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Rayners Lane tube station

Rayners Lane
Rayners Lane is located in Greater London
Rayners Lane
Location of Rayners Lane in Greater London
Location Rayners Lane
Local authority London Borough of Harrow
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 3.98 million[1]
2012 3.95 million[1]
2013 4.08 million[1]
2014 4.37 million[1]
Key dates
1904 Tracks laid (Metropolitan)
1906 Opened (Metropolitan)
1910 Start (District)
1933 End (District)
1933 Start (Piccadilly)
10 August 1964 Goods yard closed[2]
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1261430[3]
Added to list 17 May 1994
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portal

Rayners Lane is a London Underground station in the district of Rayners Lane in north west London, amid a 1930s development originally named Harrow Garden Village. The station is on the Uxbridge branch of both the Metropolitan line, between Eastcote and West Harrow stations, and the Piccadilly line, between Eastcote and South Harrow stations. The station is located to the west of the junction of Rayners Lane, Alexandra Avenue and Imperial Drive (A4090). It is in Travelcard Zone 5. Just to the East of the station the Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines tracks join for services to Uxbridge and separate going towards Central London.


  • History 1
  • Design 2
  • Services 3
  • Connections 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
  • Gallery 7


The Metropolitan Railway (Harrow and Uxbridge Railway) constructed the line between Harrow on the Hill and Uxbridge and commenced services on 4 July 1904 with, initially, Ruislip being the only intermediate stop. At first, services were operated by steam trains, but track electrification was completed in the subsequent months and electric trains began operating on 1 January 1905.

Progressive development in the north Middlesex area over the next two decades led to the gradual opening of additional stations along the Uxbridge branch to encourage the growth of new residential areas. Rayners Lane opened as Rayners Lane Halt on 26 May 1906, and was named after a local farmer called Daniel Rayner.[4]

On 1 March 1910, an extension of the District line was opened from South Harrow to connect with the Metropolitan Railway at Rayners Lane junction east of the station enabling District line trains to serve stations between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge from that date. On 23 October 1933, District line services were replaced by Piccadilly line trains.


The station was rebuilt in the early 1930s to a design by Charles Holden and Reginald Uren which features the large cube-shaped brick and glass ticket hall capped with a flat reinforced concrete roof and geometrical forms typical of the new stations built in this period. To the west of the station, there is a reversing siding between the running tracks and, during the day, half of the Piccadilly line service reverses here. Two sidings are located south of the station but these are no longer used: there is no connection with the running lines.


During early mornings and late evenings, Piccadilly line trains usually terminate here. At these times, passengers must use the Metropolitan trains to continue on towards Uxbridge.


London Buses routes 398, H9, H10 and H12 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  2. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News (London Underground Railway Society) (591): 175–183.  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Harris, Cyril M. (2001) [1977]. What's in a Name? (4th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. p. 58.  

External links

  • "Rayners Lane station". Tube live departure boards. Transport for London. 
  • "Rayners Lane". Photographic Archive. London Transport Museum. Archived from the original on 2014-01-26. 
    • Platforms at Rayners Lane station, 1934 One platform shows a London Underground style roundel name board, the other a Metropolitan Railway Diamond name board.
    • New station building, 1938
    • View of platforms, 1938


Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Uxbridge
Metropolitan line
towards Baker Street or Aldgate
Piccadilly line
Through services
towards Cockfosters
Terminus Piccadilly line
Terminating services
  Former services  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Uxbridge
District line
towards Upminster
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