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South Ruislip station

South Ruislip
Station building
South Ruislip is located in Greater London
South Ruislip
Location of South Ruislip in Greater London
Location South Ruislip
Local authority London Borough of Hillingdon
Managed by London Underground
Owner London Underground
Station code SRU
DfT category F1
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 1.76 million[1]
2012 1.71 million[1]
2013 1.77 million[1]
2014 1.76 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2006–07 87,484[2]
2007–08 0.102 million[2]
2008–09 90,800[2]
2009–10 0.103 million[2]
2010–11 0.136 million[2]
2011–12 0.136 million[2]
2012–13 0.143 million[2]
2013–14 0.166 million[2]
Key dates
1906 Tracks laid (GW&GCR)
1908 Opened (GW&GCR)
1948 Started (Central line)
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
  • Departures
  • Layout
  • Facilities
  • Buses
London Transport portal
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South Ruislip is a station served by London Underground and Chiltern Railways in South Ruislip in west London. The station is owned, managed and staffed by London Underground.[3] The station is in Travelcard Zone 5.


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


A 1914 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of South Ruislip (shown here as Northolt Junction)

The GWR/GCR Joint line to High Wycombe carried services from both Paddington and Marylebone. They met at Northolt Junction, situated slightly to the east of the station, from where four tracks ran westwards to Ruislip Gardens and West Ruislip; there the route shrank to two tracks only. Opened in May 1908 and originally known as Northolt Junction, the station became South Ruislip & Northolt Junction from September 1932 and received its present name in July 1942.

The station was first served by Central line trains on 21 November 1948 when the Central line extension from London towards Buckinghamshire was completed after being delayed by World War II, but with services terminating at West Ruislip rather than going further west to Denham as originally planned. The rounded booking hall was not completed until 1960.[4] The concrete, glass and granite chip frieze in the booking hall is one of the earliest public works by glass artist, Henry Haig.[5]

In late 1973 and early 1974 the track layout was simplified and the manual signal box was removed in early 1990, along with other manual signal boxes on this line, and its function replaced by colour light signalling and power operated points, both controlled from Marylebone. The track alignments were improved to allow higher speed running at the junction for the services from Marylebone, and the pointwork which had allowed trains from Paddington to call at the westbound Chiltern station platform was removed. All eastbound services were moved to the former through road; the eastbound road, which had formerly extended from the platform road at West Ruislip, was closed and lifted, and the eastbound platform widened.[6] The alignment of the turnout towards Marylebone was improved to allow higher-speed running. Fragments of the old trackwork can still be seen to the north of the line at this point. The trackwork at this station has been upgraded and now permits higher speed running up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[7]

The station today

Not all Chiltern trains stop at all stations. Travellers are recommended to consult a timetable before travelling.

Ticket barriers control access to all platforms.

A large West London Waste Authority bulk rubbish handling depot lies to the east of the station which sees a daily waste train in operation. There is also a single line connection with the line to/from Paddington.

The lines to Marylebone formerly passed either side of West Waste. Part of Evergreen 3 has remodelled Northolt Junction and includes provision to the north of the waste transfer depot of a new down main line alongside the existing up main to allow Chiltern services to be accelerated. The new down main line has a line speed limit of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) compared with the former 60 miles per hour (97 km/h).[8] The existing down main has been remodelled to become the down loop line, used by trains stopping at South Ruislip station.

The bridge outside which carries the lines over Station Approach is lower than others locally at 11 feet 9 inches (3.58 m) and is often hit by high vehicles. Either side of it false deck beams have been installed so the danger of any impacts causing damage to the bridge itself has been lessened.


London Buses route 114 and E7 serve the station.


Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards West Ruislip
Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)
National Rail National Rail
West Ruislip   Chiltern Railways
  Northolt Park


  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics.   Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "National Rail Enquiries — Station Facilities for South Ruislip". National Rail Enquiries. 7 January on 11 Jan 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Edwards 1985, p.36
  5. ^ Pearson, Lynn (20 November 2007). "A period of extraordinary fecundity: a survey of postwar murals" (PDF). p. 6. Retrieved 24 April 2013.  (paper based on Pearson, Lynn (2007). "Roughcast textures with cosmic overtones: a survey of British murals, 1945-80". Decorative Arts Society Journal 31: 117–137. )
  6. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Ruislip and Beaconsfield reduced".  
  7. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services".  
  8. ^ "Planning Application to Hillingdon Borough Council for revised railway track layout at Northolt Junction" (PDF). London: Chiltern Railways. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  • Edwards, Dennis. F. (1985) Bygone Ruislip and Uxbridge. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. ISBN 0-85033-592-2

External links

  • London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
    • South Ruislip and Northolt Junction station, 1937
    • Rotunda ticket hall under construction, 1954
    • Temporary booking hall, 1955
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