- Hounslow Central tube station
name = Hounslow Central
zone = 4
London Borough of Hounslow
events =Track laid
Start (Piccadilly Line)
End (District Line)
Hounslow Central is a
London Undergroundstation in Hounslowin west London. The station is on the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly Line, between Hounslow West and Hounslow East stations. The station is located on Lampton Road (A3005) about 500m north of Hounslow High Street and close to Lampton Park. It is in Travelcard Zone 4.
The route through Hounslow Central station was opened by the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR, now the
District Line) on 21 July 1884as a branch to Hounslow Barracks (now Hounslow West). The branch line was constructed as single track from the MDR's existing route to Hounslow Town station located at the eastern end of Hounslow High Street which had opened in 1883. Initially the branch had no stations between the terminus at Hounslow Barracks and Osterley & Spring Grove (now Osterley).
Hounslow Town station was closed on
31 March 1886and Hounslow Central station, originally named Heston & Hounslow, opened as its replacement the following day, 1 April 1886.
In 1903 Hounslow Town was reopened and trains would be divided at Osterley with part running to Hounslow Central and Hounslow West and the other part to Hounslow Town as a short shuttle.
Electrificationof the MDR's tracks took place between 1903 and 1905 with electric trains replacing steam trains on the Hounslow branch from 13 June 1905. When the branch was electrified, the track between Osterley and Hounslow Central was closed and a new loop was opened from Hounslow Town back to Hounslow Central. Trains would run from Osterley to Hounslow Town then reverse and run to Hounslow Central and on to Hounslow West.This method of operation was unsuccessful and short-lived. On 2 May 1909the track between Hounslow Central and Osterley was reopened and Hounslow Town and its two loop tracks were closed for good. A new Hounslow Town station (now Hounslow East) was opened at the same time between Hounslow Central and Osterley.
19 October 1912new station buildings were opened at Hounslow Central and on 1 December 1925the station was given its present name at the same time that Hounslow West and Hounslow East received their current names.
Piccadilly Line services, which had been running as far as Northfields since January 1933 were extended to run to Hounslow West on
13 March 1933. From this date, the branch was operated jointly by both lines until District Line services were withdrawn on 9 October 1964.
* [http://photos.ltmcollection.org London's Transport Museum Photographic Archive]
** ltmcollection|42/9863742.jpg|Early view of station and bridge over Lampton Road, date unknown
** ltmcollection|01/9863501.jpg|Ticket office, 1928
** ltmcollection|34/9863734.jpg|Station building, 1935
** ltmcollection|18/i0000218.jpg|View of Platforms, 1957
** ltmcollection|8b/i000018b.jpg|Station building, 2001
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