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South Acton tube station

For other uses, see Acton station (disambiguation).
South Acton
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South Acton
South Acton
Location of South Acton in Greater London
Location South Acton
Local authority London Borough of Ealing
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code SAT
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3

National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 75,193[2]
2005–06 80,995[2]
2006–07 0.368 million[2]
2007–08 0.278 million[2]
2008–09 0.301 million[2]
2009–10 0.270 million[2]
2010–11 0.384 million[2]
2011-12 0.524 million[2]

1880 Opened

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    UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°29′58″N 0°16′15″W / 51.4994°N 0.2707°W / 51.4994; -0.2707

    South Acton railway station is in the London Borough of Ealing in South Acton, west London. It is on the North London Line, and the station and all trains serving it are operated by London Overground. It is in Travelcard Zone 3. Until 1959 it was also served by the District Line of the London Underground.


    Between 1880 and 1917 the station served as an interchange station between the North London Line and the Hammersmith & Chiswick branch.

    Branch line from Acton Town


    A short spur of the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR) from Acton Town station, 1,232 yards (1,126 metres) long, was authorised by the Metropolitan Railway Act of 1874.[3] When first opened, the spur was used for goods trains from 15 May 1899 onwards. Passenger services were introduced on 13 June 1905 to provide an interchange with the North London Railway which ran services from north London to the MDR's Richmond branch. It thus provided an easier interchange for Richmond for eastbound passengers than changing trains at Turnham Green further east.


    The South Acton station on the District Line of the London Underground was located adjacent to South Acton station on the North London Line on the north-west side of the tracks.

    Initially, the line had through passenger services to Hounslow Barracks (now Hounslow West). However, the line was relatively little used and in 1932 the line was reduced to a single track, operated by a one-car shuttle service between Acton Town and South Acton.

    In 1933 the railway became part of the London Passenger Transport Board, becoming a branch line of the District line.

    Just south of the station before the Bollo Lane level crossing was located a major creamery and milk bottling plant for Express Dairies, which was served by milk trains from both the Great Western Railway and the Southern Railway.[4]

    In later years, the shuttle train was normally worked by a single car of London Underground G Stock, specially modified for one person operation and fitted with additional brakes. Given the (then highly unusual) driver-only operation, the branch line was equipped with a two wire emergency telephone system at window level, a feature normally found only in tunnels on the London Underground.


    The South Acton shuttle was withdrawn on 28 February 1959. Nothing now remains of the spur, except for a few bridgeheads and sections of the old trackbed, which indicate the route. Currently the rest of station of the same name continues to be well used.


    The typical service (as of 2009) at the station is four trains per hour westbound to Richmond, and four trains per hour eastbound to Stratford via Willesden, Highbury and Hackney.

    Transport links

    The station lies on London bus route 440.


    External links

    • National Rail
    • Excel file displaying National Rail station usage information for 2005/06
    • Local residents association with historical information about South Acton
    • London's Abandoned Tube Stations - South Acton
    Preceding station   London Overground   Following station
    towards Richmond
    North London Line
    towards Stratford
        Disused Railways    
    Turnham Green   Midland Railway
    North London Line
      Acton Central
    Terminus   N & SWJ Railway
    Hammersmith branch
      Hammersmith & Chiswick
    Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
    Terminus   District line
    South Acton branch
      Acton Town
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