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Ealing Common tube station

Ealing Common
Ealing Common is located in Greater London
Ealing Common
Location of Ealing Common in Greater London
Location Ealing Common
Local authority London Borough of Ealing
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 3.25 million[1]
2012 3.24 million[1]
2013 3.34 million[1]
2014 3.57 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company District Railway
Key dates
1 July 1879 Opened as Ealing Common
1886 Renamed Ealing Common and West Acton
23 June 1903 Line to Park Royal & Twyford Abbey opened
1 March 1910 Renamed Ealing Common
4 July 1932 Piccadilly line service introduced
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1249986[2]
Added to list 17 May 1994
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portal

Ealing Common is a London Underground station on the Uxbridge branch of the Piccadilly line, and on the Ealing Broadway branch of the District line. Eastbound the next station is Acton Town, westbound the next station is North Ealing on the Piccadilly line and Ealing Broadway on the District line.

The station is located on Uxbridge Road (A4020) about 450m east of the junction with Gunnersbury Avenue and Hanger Lane (A406, North Circular Road). It is in Travelcard Zone 3.


  • History 1
  • The station today 2
  • Connections 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Ealing Common station was opened on 1 July 1879 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) on its extension from Turnham Green to Ealing Broadway.[3] From 1886 until 1 March 1910 the station was known as Ealing Common and West Acton after which it changed to its current name.[3]

On 23 June 1903 the DR opened an extension of the tracks from north of Ealing Common.[3] The extension initially reached as far as Park Royal & Twyford Abbey (closed and replaced by Park Royal in 1931),[3] where the Royal Agricultural Society's Park Royal show grounds had been recently opened, before being opened to South Harrow on 28 June 1903.[3]

This new extension was, together with the existing tracks between Ealing Common & Acton Town, the first section of the Underground's surface lines to be electrified and operate electric instead of steam trains.[4] The deep level tube lines open at that time (City & South London Railway, Waterloo & City Railway and Central London Railway) had been electrically powered from the start. Electric trains started running on the section of line between Ealing Common and Ealing Broadway on 1 July 1905.[4]

During 1930 and 1931 a new station building was constructed to replace the 1879 building. The new building, by Charles Holden in a style reminiscent of his designs for the 1926 Morden extension of the City & South London Railway (now part of the Northern line),[5] was constructed in Portland stone and features a tall heptagonal ticket hall with glazed screens to all sides. The new building opened on 1 March 1931 and is very similar to the reconstructed station at Hounslow West built at the same time, also by Heaps and Holden.[5]

On 4 July 1932 the Piccadilly line was extended to run west of its original terminus at Hammersmith sharing the route with the District line to Ealing Common.[3] From Ealing Common to South Harrow, the District line was replaced by the Piccadilly line and, from this date, District line trains west from Ealing Common ran to Ealing Broadway only.[3]

The station today

The two platforms serve all District and Piccadilly line services. There is a shop/kiosk available at times in the station booking hall area. Many trains leaving Ealing Common Depot enter service here. This is usually in the early morning, and in the westbound direction (towards Ealing Broadway Station).

Although it is possible for trains to enter the depot directly from platform one (the westbound platform), this rarely happens except for a few empty trains after the station is closed at night. However at times of disruption it is possible for trains to arrive on platform one and empty of passengers, then it would have to shunt forward in order to reverse and enter the depot. The train would then stable, or reverse into platform two in order to re-enter service and continue eastbound.

To the east of platform two there are two siding roads. Those stop approximately halfway along the adjacent main-line road. They are separated from the platforms by a cement wall (which viewing is possible) and a wooden locked door from the platform. These roads are not connected directly to the main line, but to Ealing Common Depot and are used for shunting and reversing trains within the depot.


London Buses Routes 207, 427 and 607 and night routes N7 and N207 serve the station.



  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  2. ^ "Ealing Common Underground Station". The National Heritage List for England.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport.  
  4. ^ a b Day, John R; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground. Capital Transport. p. 63.  
  5. ^ a b Day, John R; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground. Capital Transport. p. 99.  

External links

  • "Ealing Common". Photographic Archive. London Transport Museum. Archived from the original on 2014-01-26. 
    • Ealing Common station, 1893
    • View of station from platforms, 1928
    • Temporary station entrance in use whilst station is under construction, 1930
    • New station building being built, 1931
    • New station building open, 1931
    • Brick and Concrete, platform shelter and canopy, 1932
    • Ticket hall, 1957
    • Ealing Common station, 2001
    • View of station from platforms, 2001
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
District line
towards Rayners Lane or Uxbridge
Piccadilly line
towards Cockfosters
  Former services  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards South Harrow or Uxbridge
District line
towards Upminster
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