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London Tube Stations, Routes and Historical Information

The Central Line

The Central Line runs east to west across London and is represented on the London Tube Map by a red line. 20 of the line's 49 stations are below ground and at 46 miles it is the longest and second busiest line in the London Underground.

Initially operated by electric locomotives, the line was opened in June 1900 after years of delays and extensions. The Central London Railway was incorporated in1891 but the completion date was moved back twice, in 1894 and 1899.

central line tube map
The tunnels that form the underground part of the Central Line were originally 11 feet 8ΒΌ inches in diameter which was increased on the curved sections but trimmed to 11 feet 6 inches closer to the stations. The 45 ton locomotives caused problems with vibration.

The tunnels were re-aligned and expanded in the 1930s and at the same time that the stations themselves were lengthened, and the line was converted to the standard four-rail electrical layout in 1940, but the tubes themselves were no longer round (because of how they had been enlarged) leading to some minor differences with the electrical rails.

These variations meant that the Central Line stock could not run on any other line, and the oddities can still be seen today - the insulating pots on the positive rail being placed on small concrete mounds to provide the extra height needed.

Map Colour Red
Year Operated 1900
Year Opened 1856
Year Named 1900
Length 46mi (73.6km)
Journeys 199,000,000
Stations Bank
Barkingside
Bethnal Green
Bond Street
Buckhurst Hill
Chancery Lane
Chigwell
Debden
Ealing Broadway
East Acton
Epping
Fairlop
Gants Hill
Grange Hill
Greenford
Hainault
Hanger Lane
Holborn
Holland Park
Lancaster Gate
Leyton
Leytonstone
Liverpool Street
Loughton
Marble Arch
Mile End
Newbury Park
North Acton
Northolt
Notting Hill Gate
Oxford Circus
Perivale
Queensway
Redbridge
Roding Valley
Ruislip Gardens
Shepherd's Bush
Snaresbrook
South Ruislip
South Woodford
St. Paul's
Stratford
Theydon Bois
Tottenham Court Road
Wanstead
West Acton
West Ruislip
White City
Woodford