Willesden Junction station

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Willesden Junction
London Underground London Overground
Willesden Junction stn north entrance.JPG
Station entrance
Willesden Junction is located in Greater London
Willesden Junction
Willesden Junction

Location of Willesden Junction in Greater London
Location Harlesden
Local authority London Borough of Brent
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code WIJ
Number of platforms 5
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access 1
Fare zone 2 and 3

London Underground annual entry and exit
2007 Increase 3.428 million2
2008 Increase 3.832 million3
2009 Decrease 3.500 million4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2006–07 Decrease 1.473 million5
2007–08 Decrease 1.456 million5
2008–09 Decrease 1.202 million5
2009–10 Increase 1.781 million5
2010–11 Increase 2.377 million5
2011-12 Increase 3.504 million5
2012-13 Increase 3.652 million5
- interchange 2.319 million5

1837 Tracks laid (L&BR)
1866 Opened (LNWR)

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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°31′58″N 0°14′44″W / 51.53266°N 0.24547°W / 51.53266; -0.24547

Willesden Junction station is a Network Rail station in Harlesden, northwest London, UK. It is served by both London Overground and the Bakerloo line of the London Underground.

History

Willesden Junction in 1903. The pre-1866 'Willesden' station (near the site of Harlesden station) was on the red line to the west, just beyond the green Midland Railway Dudding Hill Line
Willesden Junction main line station - end of platform view in 1962 looking towards Euston
A Class 501 awaits departure from the bay platforms, bound for Broad Street (which closed in 1986)

The station developed on three contiguous sites:

  • The High-Level station on the NLL was opened by the North London Railway in 1869 on a track crossing the WCML roughly at right angles.
  • The 'Willesden New Station' or Low-Level station on the Watford DC Line was opened in 1910 to the north of the main line with two outer through platforms and two inner bay platforms at the London end. The bay platforms were originally long enough for four-coach Bakerloo trains when such trains ran outside peak times, but were shortened in the 1960s when a new toilet block was installed; in more recent times the platform buildings have been reconstructed and the bay length increased to allow reversal of 4-coach class 378 trains.

The main-line platforms were numbered from the south side (including one or two on the Kensington route) followed by the high level platforms and then the DC line platforms which thus had the highest numbers. Later the surviving platforms were re-numbered.

Willesden Junction was depicted as 'Tenway Junction' the site of the suicide of Ferdinand Lopez in Anthony Trollope's novel The Prime Minister.6

The station today

There are no platforms on the West Coast Main Line, which is separated from the low level station by the approach road to Willesden Depot which lies immediately south-east of the station.

The high-level station consists of an island platform rebuilt in 1956, with faces as platforms 4 and 5, which are roughly at the level of Old Oak Lane to the west of the station, serving the NLL and the West London Line; some trains on the latter reverse in a central turnback siding on the NLL, to the east of the station, which opened in 2011. Both platforms have been extended across the DC line to accommodate 4-coach class 378 trains. There is another turnback siding further east which was previously used; it was laid in the late 1990s to allow Royal Mail trains to reach the Royal Mail depot at Stonebridge Park.

The low-level station, at the level of the area to the south, is an Edwardian island platform, with outer faces as platforms 1 and 3 and one face of the east-facing two-platform bay as platform 2, the other face of the bay now has no track. Platforms 1 and 3 are used by the Bakerloo line services, which began on 10 May 1915.7 and London Overground services between Euston and Watford Junction. Until May 2008 north-bound Bakerloo line trains which were to reverse at Stonebridge Park depot (two stations further north) ran empty from Willesden Junction although the southbound service began at Stonebridge Park. This imbalance was as there were no London Underground staff beyond Willesden Junction to oversee passenger detrainment, but this changed after London Underground took over the staffing of stations on the line, including Stonebridge Park, from Silverlink in November 2007,8 and trains bound for Stonebridge Park depot now terminate at Stonebridge Park station.9 Normally only the first and last NLL trains of the day, which start or terminate here, use the bay platform, though it is used for empty stock transfers between the depot and the North London and Gospel Oak to Barking lines.

The station signs on the platforms say, below the Overground roundel, "Alight for Harlesden town centre".


Motive Power Depot

The original motive power depot in 1962

The LNWR opened a large locomotive depot on a site on the south side of the main line to the west of the station, in 1873. This was enlarged in 1898. The London Midland and Scottish Railway opened an additional roundhouse on the site in 1929. Both buildings were demolished when the depot was closed in 1965 by British Railways and replaced by a Freightliner depot.10 (The servicing of locomotives and multiple units was then undertaken by the present Willesden TMD on the other side of the line.)

The steam depot had the shed code 1A and was a major depot for predominantly freight locomotives used on the West Coast Main Line and for suburban passenger services from Euston.

Services

A London Overground Watford DC Line service departs Willesden for Watford Junction. There are three trains per hour in each direction on this line, all operated using Class 378 electric multiple units.

The typical off-peak London Underground service at Willesden Junction is six Bakerloo line trains per hour (tph) between Elephant & Castle and Harrow & Wealdstone and three Bakerloo line trains per hour (tph) between Elephant & Castle and Stonebridge Park.

All London Overground services are operated by new Class 378 Capitalstar units. The typical off-peak North London Line, West London Line and Watford DC Line services at the station in trains per hour are:

The station is on London bus routes 220, 224 and 487.

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towards Euston
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References

  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived from the original on 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2007". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2008". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2009". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  6. ^ Sutherland, John (1996). Is Heathcliff a murderer? Puzzles in 19th century fiction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 161–7. ISBN 0-19-282516-X. 
  7. ^ "Bakerloo Line, Dates". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Retrieved 22 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Safety boost as London Underground takes full control of 14 Silverlink stations". Transport for London. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bakerloo line changes benefit over 7,000 passengers". Transport for London. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Griffiths, Roger; Smith, Paul (1999). The directory of British engine Sheds and Principal Locomotive Servicing Points: 1. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 93. ISBN 0-86093-542-6. 
  11. ^ Watford DC Line timetable from 22 May 2011.
  12. ^ North London Line timetable from 22 May 2011.

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