Hanwell railway station

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Hanwell Crossrail National Rail
Hanwell railway station London.jpg
Hanwell is located in Greater London
Location of Hanwell in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Managed byTfL Rail[1]
Station codeHAN
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms3
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 0.460 million[2]
2014–15Decrease 0.450 million[2]
2015–16Decrease 0.343 million[2]
2016–17Increase 0.355 million[2]
2017–18Increase 0.383 million[2]
Key dates
1 December 1838Opened as Hanwell
1 April 1896Renamed Hanwell and Elthorne
6 May 1974Renamed Hanwell
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′42″N 0°20′20″W / 51.5116°N 0.3389°W / 51.5116; -0.3389Coordinates: 51°30′42″N 0°20′20″W / 51.5116°N 0.3389°W / 51.5116; -0.3389
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Hanwell railway station serves Hanwell in the London Borough of Ealing. It is 7 miles 28 chains (11.8 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between West Ealing and Southall.

All trains serving Hanwell are operated by TfL Rail (apart from the 00:06 Great Western Railway London Paddington to Reading service on Tuesday to Saturday mornings, which is the only GWR service scheduled to serve Hanwell), having taken over the Heathrow Connect stopping services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport & Great Western Railway London Paddington to Hayes & Harlington local services from the 20 May 2018 timetable change. The TfL Rail service will be re-branded as the Elizabeth line and in December 2019 the Elizabeth line service will open to Reading and Heathrow Airport.


The station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway which opened on 4 June 1838, although Hanwell station was not ready until December of that year;[3] it opened on 1 December.[4] From 1 March 1883, the station was served by District Railway services running between Mansion House and Windsor; the service was discontinued as uneconomic after 30 September 1885.[5][6] The station was renamed Hanwell and Elthorne on 1 April 1896, and reverted to Hanwell on 6 May 1974.[4] Re-built circa 1875–77 it has been declared a grade II listed building by English Heritage but is stated to be in a poor condition.[7]

The south entrance was closed in the 1970s, but reopened in December 2014 with funding from Ealing Council and Transport for London.[8]


The station is sited a short distance east of the Grade I listed Wharncliffe Viaduct.

On platform 3 is a station nameboard, bearing the pre-1974 name Hanwell and Elthorne.[citation needed]


For most of the day from Mondays to Saturdays four trains stop each hour at Hanwell; two going to Heathrow Airport and two going to London Paddington. All of these services are provided by TfL Rail.

There are currently no Sunday train services from Hanwell.

Since the January 2018 timetable change, very few Great Western Railway services are timetabled to stop at Hanwell; only the 0006 on Tuesday to Saturday mornings is timetabled to stop. However, during service disruption affecting TfL Rail services, some Great Western Railway services are amended to stop at Hanwell.

From October 2008, Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys originating or ending at Hanwell[9]

Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
towards Heathrow Terminal 4
  TfL Rail
  West Ealing
towards London Paddington
  Future development  
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood
  Historical railways  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Windsor
District line
towards Mansion House

Forthcoming improvements[edit]

Crossrail trains will call at Hanwell, with services planned to commence in 2019.[10] Selective Door Opening will be used because the platforms are shorter than the Crossrail trains will be.

The station will also be modified to allow for step-free access to the platforms.[11] In other respects the station already meets most Crossrail requirements, but Network Rail will undertake minor architectural works including branding and signage.[12]


London Buses route E3 serve the station.


  1. ^ Station facilities for Hanwell
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ MacDermot, E. T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. 1 (1833–1863) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway.
  4. ^ a b Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 113. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  5. ^ Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0.
  6. ^ Day, John R.; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (10th ed.). Harrow: Capital Transport. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-85414-316-7.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Hanwell Station, main up side building and down side island platform (1358787)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  8. ^ Ealing Council. "Second entrance at Hanwell Station reopens". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Oyster PAYG on National Rail" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2009.
  10. ^ "Hanwell station". Crossrail. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  11. ^ TfL Press Office (1 October 2014). "Mayor and Transport for London announce step free access for all London Crossrail stations". Crossrail (Press release). Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Crossrail Station Design Contract Awarded". Crossrail. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2012.

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