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District
Colour on map Green
Year opened 1930
Line type Sub Surface
Rolling stock S
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Length (km) {{{LengthKm}}}
Length (miles) {{{LengthMiles}}}
Depots Upminster and Ealing Common (D78 Stock Only)
Hammersmith (S Stock Only)
Journeys made {{{AnnualPassengers}}} (per annum)
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The District line is a line of the London Underground, coloured green on the Tube map. It is a "sub-surface" line, running through the central area in shallow cut-and-cover tunnels. It is the busiest of the sub-surface lines and the third busiest overall on the Underground network. Out of the 60 stations served, 25 are underground. Two of the four (Richmond and Wimbledon) western branches of the route are also the only lines across the entire network to cross the Thames by bridge and not by tunnel. Although the District line is only the fourth longest line on the network, it serves more stations than any other line.

History[]

The District line was built by the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR) and opened in stages from 1868. The MDR was later bought by Charles Yerkes, forming part of the "Underground" group until it was nationalised in the 1930s. It had branches to Uxbridge and Hounslow West, but both are now operated by the Piccadilly line. Eastbound services ran as far as the seaside town of Southend-on-Sea in Essex from 1 June 1910 and to Shoeburyness from 1911, until 30 September 1939. Between 1 March 1883 and 30 September 1885 the line also served stations from Ealing Broadway to Windsor, running on the Great Western Main Line.

Trains[]

Most of the District line's services use sub-surface D stock, although the Wimbledon to Edgware Road service uses S7 stock due to shorter platform lengths between High Street Kensington and Edgware Road. The D stock has been refurbished, having received the standard Underground livery of red, white and blue, replacing the previous unpainted aluminium finish which is prone to damage by graffiti vandals. The stock also received a complete interior refurbishment and was fitted with CCTV and passenger information displays. The trains are maintained at Ealing Common Depotmap 61 and Upminster Depot.map 62

Map[]

Stations[]

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Uxbridge Depot 
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  Uxbridge 10px
 
 
 
  Hillingdon 10px
 
 Ickenham 10px
Piccadilly line to Heathrow  
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(closed 1975) Hounslow West 
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 Ruislip Depot
Hounslow Central 
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  Central Line (to West Ruislip)
 
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 Ruislip 10px
(closed 1909) Hounslow Town 
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 Ruislip Manor 10px
Hounslow East 
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 Eastcote 10px
 
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 Rayners Lane 10px
(opened 1934) Osterley 
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  Metropolitan Line (to Harrow-on-the-Hill)
(closed 1934) Osterley & Spring Grove 
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 South Harrow
(12px Sudbury Hill Harrow)  
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 Sudbury Hill
Boston Manor 
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 Sudbury Town
 
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 Alperton
Northfields Depot 
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 Park Royal & Twyford Abbey (closed 1931)
 
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  Central Line (to Central London)
(opened 1931) Northfields 
 Park Royal
South Ealing 
 North Ealing
 
 
 
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  Great Western Main Line (to Reading Central)
 
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 Ealing Broadway 10px 12px
 
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  Piccadilly line (to Uxbridge)
 
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  Central line (to Central London)
 
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  Great Western Main Line (to Paddington)
 
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 Ealing Common 10px
 
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 Ealing Common depot
 
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  Piccadilly line (to Heathrow)
Waterloo to Reading Line (to Reading Central)  
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  Former service to Hounslow
Richmond 10px 12px 
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Waterloo to Reading Line (to Waterloo)  
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Kew Gardens 10px 
 Acton Town 10px
River Thames 
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 South Acton (Closed 1959)
Gunnersbury 10px 
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  North London Line (to Willesden Junction)
 
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Tramlink (to Croydon)  
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 Chiswick Park
South Western Main Line and Sutton Loop  
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Wimbledon 10px 12px 
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 Turnham Green 10px
 
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Wimbledon Park 
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 Stamford Brook
Southfields 
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 Ravenscourt Park
East Putney 
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River Thames 
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 Hammersmith 10px 10px 10px
Putney Bridge 
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Parsons Green 
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 Barons Court 10px
Fulham Broadway 
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West London Line (to Clapham Junction)  
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 West Kensington
West Brompton 10px 12px 
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Lillie Bridge Depot 
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 Kensington (Olympia) 10px 12px
Earl's Court 10px 
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  West London Line (to Willesden Junction)
 
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Triangle Sidings  
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Circle line  
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Gloucester Road 10px 10px 
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South Kensington 10px 
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Piccadilly line  
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 High Street Kensington 10px
Sloane Square 
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Victoria 10px 12px 
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 Notting Hill Gate 10px
St James's Park 
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  Hammersmith & City line
Westminster 10px15px 
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 Bayswater
Embankment 
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 Paddington (Hammersmith & City) 12px
10px 10px 15px (12px Charing Cross) Temple 
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 Paddington (Circle/District) 10px 12px
Blackfriars 15px12px 
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 Edgware Road 10px 10px
Mansion House 
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Cannon Street 12px 
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Monument 10px 10px 10px 10px 10px 
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(Closed 1967) Mark Lane 
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Tower Hill 10px15px (12pxFenchurch Street
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(10px Tower Gateway)  
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 Aldgate (Circle/Metropolitan)
 
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  Hammersmith & City line
 
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 Aldgate East 10px
 
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 St Mary's (Closed 1938)
 
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  St Mary's Curve to East London Line
 
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 Whitechapel 10px
 
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 Stepney Green
 
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 Mile End 10px
 
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  Central line (to Woodford and Hainault)
 
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 Bow Road (10px Bow Church)
 
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 Bromley-by-Bow
 
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 West Ham 10px 12px
 
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 Plaistow
 
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 Upton Park
 
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 East Ham
 
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  Gospel Oak to Barking Line
 
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 Barking 10px 10px 12px
 
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 Upney
 
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 Becontree
 
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 Dagenham Heathway
 
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 Dagenham East
 
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 Elm Park
 
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 Hornchurch
 
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 Upminster Bridge
 
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  Romford to Upminster Line
 
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 Upminster 12px
London, Tilbury & Southend Railway  
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 Upminster Depot

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File:Step-free access notification (District line).png

Notice explaining about step-free access. This can be found inside every District line train.

In order from west to east

Richmond branch[]

Richmond branch
Station Image Opened Additional information
Richmond 10px 12px Handicapped/disabled access 50px 27 July 1846 District line 1 June 1877map 1
Kew Gardens 10px Handicapped/disabled access 50px 1 January 1869 District line 1 June 1877map 2
Gunnersbury 10px 50px 1 January 1869 Opened as Brentford Road renamed 1871, District line 1 June 1877map 3

Ealing Broadway branch[]

Ealing Broadway branch
Station Image Opened Additional information
Ealing Broadway 12px (10px Trains to Heathrow) 50px
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Change for Central linemap 4
Ealing Common 50px 1 July 1879 From 1886 until 1 March 1910 known as Ealing Common and West Actonmap 5
Acton Town 50px 1 July 1879 Opened as Mill Hill Park, renamed 1 March 1910map 6
Chiswick Park 50px 1 July 1879 Opened as Acton Green, renamed Chiswick Park and Acton Green in 1889, renamed 1910map 7
The Richmond and Ealing Broadway branches join just west of Turnham Green
Station Image Opened Additional information
Turnham Green 50px 1 January 1869 District line 1 June 1877map 8
Stamford Brook 50px 1 February 1912 District line 1 June 1877 enroute to Richmondmap 9
Ravenscourt Park 50px 1 April 1873 Opened as Shaftesbury Road, District line 1 June 1877, renamed 1 March 1888map 10
Hammersmith Handicapped/disabled access 50px 15 December 1906 Change for Piccadilly linemap 11
Barons Court 50px 15 December 1906 Change for Piccadilly linemap 12
West Kensington 50px 9 September 1874 Opened as Fulham - North End, renamed 1877map 13

Wimbledon branch[]

Wimbledon branch
Station Image Opened Additional information
Wimbledon 12px 10px Handicapped/disabled access 50px 21 May 1838 District line 3 June 1889map 14
Wimbledon Park 50px 3 June 1889 map 15
Southfields Handicapped/disabled access 50px 3 June 1889 map 16
East Putney 50px 3 June 1889 map 17
Putney Bridge 50px 1 March 1880 Opened as Putney Bridge & Fulham, renamed 1 January 1902 as Putney Bridge & Hurlingham, current name from 1932map 18
Parsons Green 50px 1 March 1880 map 19
Fulham Broadway Handicapped/disabled access 50px 1 March 1880 Opened as Walham Green, renamed 2 March 1952map 20
West Brompton 10px 12px Handicapped/disabled access 50px 12 April 1869 map 21
The Wimbledon branch joins the main line west of Earl's Court

Kensington (Olympia) branch[]

Kensington (Olympia) branch
Station Image Opened Additional information
Kensington (Olympia) 10px 12px Handicapped/disabled access 50px 2 June 1862 Opened as Addison Road, District line 1872, renamed 1946map 22
The Kensington (Olympia) branch joins the main line west of Earl's Court, and trains from it normally run to High Street Kensington

Edgware Road branch[]

The Edgware Road branch diverges from the main line east of Earl's Court
Station Image Opened Additional information
High Street Kensington 50px 1 October 1868 Circle linemap 23
Notting Hill Gate 50px 1 October 1868 Circle linemap 24
Bayswater 50px 1 October 1868 Circle linemap 25
Paddington 12px (10px Trains to Heathrow) 50px 1 October 1868 Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City, Great Western Main Linemap 26
Edgware Road 50px 1 October 1863 map 27

Main line[]

Main line
Station Image Opened Additional information
Earl's Court Handicapped/disabled access 50px 15 December 1906 map 28
Gloucester Road 50px 1 October 1868 map 29
South Kensington 50px 24 December 1868 map 30
Sloane Square 50px 24 December 1868 map 31
Victoria 12px (10px Trains to Gatwick) 50px 24 December 1868 Victoriamap 32
St. James's Park 50px 24 December 1868 map 33
Westminster (15px Westminster Pier) Handicapped/disabled access 50px 24 December 1868 Jubileemap 34
Embankment (12px Charing Cross) (15px Embankment Pier) 50px 30 May 1870 Bakerloo, Northernmap 35
Temple 50px 30 May 1870 map 36
Blackfriars (closed until 2011) 12px (10px Trains to Gatwick and Luton) (15px Blackfriars Millennium Pier) 50px 30 May 1870 First Capital Connect / Southeastern (Thameslink)map 37
Mansion House 50px 3 July 1871 map 38
Cannon Street 12px 50px 6 October 1884 Southeasternmap 39
Monument 50px 6 October 1884 Central, Northern, Waterloo & City, DLR (all via escalator connection to Bank station)map 40
Tower Hill (12px Fenchurch Street) (10px Tower Gateway) (15px Tower Pier) 50px 25 September 1882 map 41
Aldgate East 50px 6 October 1884 map 42
Whitechapel 50px 6 October 1884 map 43
Stepney Green 50px 1902 map 44
Mile End 50px 1902 map 45
Bow Road 10px Bow Church 50px 1902 map 46
Bromley-by-Bow 50px 1858 map 47
West Ham Handicapped/disabled access 12px 50px 1 February 1901 map 48
Plaistow 50px 1858 map 49
Upton Park 50px 1877 map 50
East Ham Handicapped/disabled access 50px 1858 map 51
Barking 10px 12px Handicapped/disabled access 50px 1854 map 52
Upney Handicapped/disabled access 50px 1932 map 53
Becontree 50px 1932 map 54
Dagenham Heathway Handicapped/disabled access 50px 1932 Opened as Heathway, renamed 1949map 55
Dagenham East 50px 1885 Opened as Dagenham, District line 1902 to 1905, District restarted 1932 and station renamed 1949[1]map 56
Elm Park Handicapped/disabled access 50px 1935 map 57
Hornchurch 50px 1885 District line 1902 to 1905, District restarted 1932map 58
Upminster Bridge 50px 17 December 1934 map 59
Upminster 12px Handicapped/disabled access 50px 1885 District line 1902 to 1905, District restarted 1932map 60

Closed stations[]

Current service pattern[]

The following off-peak service pattern currently runs on the District line

  • 6 trains per hour Ealing Broadway - Tower Hill
  • 6 trains per hour Richmond - Upminster
  • 6 trains per hour Wimbledon - Upminster
  • 6 trains per hour Wimbledon - Edgware Road
  • 4 trains per hour Kensington (Olympia) - High Street Kensington

Safety[]

In early 2009, three safety failures occurred on the line. All of them were recorded to have involved trains which passed signals showing red. In August 2009 it was reported that the line had been given a period of less than a month to improve safety features or face possible legal action, involving temporary line closures.[2][3]

Interavailabilty[]

c2c also serves Upminster, Barking, West Ham and Fenchurch Street (for Tower Hill). Tickets are interavailable between the two operators with Oyster cards (including pay as you go) accepted on this part of c2c's route. South West Trains services occasionally operate on the Wimbledon Branch between East Putney and Wimbledon, often due to engineering works or problems on the mainline, although trains do not stop at any of the intermediate stations.

In popular culture[]

  • The fictional Walford East tube station in the BBC television series EastEnders is on the District line, taking the place of Bromley-by-Bow. From 4 February 2010 EastEnders will use shots of District line trains to superimpose on their episodes to show the trains running into the fictional station of Walford East which is part of the set.
  • Sheffield band Milburn wrote a song called 'The District Line' which refers to London.

Gallery[]

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Maps[]

References[]

  1. Rose, Douglas [1980] (December 2007). The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History, 8th, Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978 1 85414 315 0. 
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External links[]

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West: Crossings of the River Thames East:
Kew Bridge Richmond branch,
between Gunnersbury
and Kew Gardens
Chiswick Bridge
Putney Bridge Wimbledon branch,
between Putney Bridge
and East Putney
Wandsworth Bridge


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