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Colindale tube station

Colindale Tube Station, 8 July 2008.
Colindale is located in Greater London
Location of Colindale in Greater London
Location Colindale
Local authority London Borough of Barnet
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 4.13 million[1]
2012 4.27 million[1]
2013 4.54 million[1]
2014 5.40 million[1]
Key dates
1924 Opened (CCEHR)
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portal

Colindale is a London Underground station in Colindale, a suburb of north London. The station is on the north-south Edgware branch of the Northern line, between Burnt Oak and Hendon Central stations, and in Travelcard Zone 4.


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


The station opened on 18 August 1924[2] on the north side of Colindale Avenue, on what was then the 'Hampstead and Highgate Line', the first station of the second section of the extension to Edgware. The platforms were located underneath the east-west road, not just on one side, and the station had a classical style building designed by Underground Architect Stanley Heaps.

The opening of the station spurred the development of Colindale.[3]

T. E. Lawrence regularly used the station when he was stationed at the nearby Hendon Aerodrome, and it was the source of the pen name "Colin Dale" which he used to submit articles for The Spectator during 1927 and 1928.[4][5]

Colindale tube station was severely damaged during Queen Elizabeth.[6]

The simple temporary timber structure erected after the bombing actually lasted longer than the original building as it was not replaced until 1962 when a new building was constructed incorporating shops.


Roundel on southbound platform face at Hendon Central, advising passengers for the Royal Air Force Museum to alight at Colindale

The Royal Air Force Museum London is a popular destination for travellers going to Colindale. The museum is located about ten minutes by foot from the station.[7]

The British Library Newspaper Library was situated at Colindale until 2013. Colindale tube station was also a popular destination for travellers intending to reach the shopping centre Oriental City up until its closure.


The station is sometimes used as a terminus for trains travelling north, instead of them continuing to Edgware. Some regular off-peak service patterns in recent years have seen all trains joining the Edgware branch from the Bank branch terminating at Colindale, though this was not the pattern in 2009. Reversal of trains at this station makes use of a turn-back siding, situated between the running lines north of the station.


London Buses routes 204 and 303 and night route N5 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  2. ^ Edwards, Dennis, Pigram, Ron (1986). London's Underground Suburbs. London: Baton Transport. p. 40.  
  3. ^ "Hendon and Golders Green". Pocket histories. London Borough of Barnet. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Mason, Mark (2011). Walk the lines. London: Random House. p. 238.  
  5. ^ Dunn, Anna (2001). "Catalogue of the papers of T.E. Lawrence and A.W. Lawrence, c.1894-1985". University of Oxford, Bodleian Library. 
  6. ^ O'Neill, Natalie (25 September 2012). "Ceremony for 72nd anniversary of bombing at Colindale tube station". Hendon & Finchley, Barnet & Potters Bar, Edgware Mill Bar Times. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Map and directions". Royal Air Force Museum London. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 


External links

  • London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
    • Colindale area, 1922
    • Construction of Colindale station, 1923
    • Original station building a week before opening, 11 August 1924
    • Interior of ticket hall, 1928
    • Temporary station building erected after station was bombed, 1940
    • New station building, 1963
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Edgware
Northern line
towards Morden or Kennington
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