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South Woodford tube station


South Woodford tube station

South Woodford
Western entrance on George Lane
South Woodford is located in Greater London
South Woodford
Location of South Woodford in Greater London
Location South Woodford
Local authority London Borough of Redbridge
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes (Eastbound only)[1]
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 4.39 million[2]
2012 4.33 million[2]
2013 4.59 million[2]
2014 5.03 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company Eastern Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London & North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1856 Opened
1947 Transfer to London Underground
1964 Goods yard closed[3]
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portal

South Woodford, originally George Lane, is a London Underground station in South Woodford of the London Borough of Redbridge. It is on the Epping branch of the Central line, between Snaresbrook and Woodford stations and is in Travelcard Zone 4.[4]


  • History 1
  • The station today 2
  • Station improvements 3
  • Services and connections 4
  • Notes and references 5
    • Notes 5.1
    • References 5.2


Roundel on the eastbound platform, showing the old suffix.

The station opened as "George Lane" on 22 August 1856 as part of the [5]

The station was subsequently transferred to form part of London Underground's Central line on 14 December 1947 when Central line services were extended from [7][note 1]

During the planning of the Victoria line, route options included a continuation of the line from Walthamstow Central to Woodford or South Woodford stations.[8] However, in 1961, the decision was taken to build only as far as Walthamstow Central.[9]

The station today

The station has two entrances, one on each side of the line. George Lane originally crossed the railway tracks with a level crossing immediately to the north of the station, but this was closed and the road split into two when the line was electrified.[10] The footbridge can be used without a ticket, as unusually for stations on the Epping branch, the footbridge is outside the ticket gateline.[11] The station has step-free access to and from the eastbound platform only.[1]

Station improvements

The station underwent considerable renovations in 2006, 150 years after its first opening. Five new CCTV cameras were installed in the station underpass with the intention of improving security and in addition to the multi-million pound station refurbishment work being undertaken due to crime statistics showing South Woodford station having the highest record of violent crime in Redbridge and the underpass was seen as a security risk, particularly after dark.[12] The rebuilding of the section of westbound platform damaged by fire was also completed and the paint scheme was a mix of white, blue and orange. However, the footbridge over the tracks at the east end hasn’t been repainted.[13]

Services and connections

Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but generally operate every 3-7 minutes between 07:03 and 22:39 eastbound[14] and between 06:22 and 22:19 westbound.[15]

London Bus routes 179, 549, W12, W13 and W14, and night route N55 serve the station.[16]

Notes and references


  1. ^ "(George Lane)" appears on the 1949 tube map, but not on the 1951 map. Harris and Rose both indicate that the name change occurred in 1950.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF).  
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  3. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News (London Underground Railway Society) (591): 175–183.  
  4. ^  
  5. ^ a b Harris, Cyril M. (2006) [1977]. What's in a name?. Capital Transport. p. 64.  
  6. ^ a b Rose, Douglas (1999) [1980]. The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History (7th ed.). Douglas Rose/Capital Transport.  
  7. ^ Tube Facts - Tube Stations with other/alternative names
  8. ^ "Public Passenger Transport, London". Hansard. 18 December 1963. 
  9. ^ Horne, M.A.C. (1988). The Victoria Line: A short history. London: Douglas Rose.  
  10. ^ Powell, W. R. (ed.) (1973). "Woodford: Introduction". A History of the County of Essex 6. Victoria County History. pp. 338–44. 
  11. ^ Google Maps - South Woodford Underground Station
  12. ^ Edited Press Releases Transport for London London Underground - Metronet improves security at South Woodford (page 7)
  13. ^ "Station Refurbishment Summary" (PDF). London Underground Railway Society. July 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Central line timetable: From South Woodford Underground Station to Woodford Underground Station".  
  15. ^ "Central line timetable: From South Woodford Underground Station to Snaresbrook Underground Station".  
  16. ^ "Buses from South Woodford" (PDF).  
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