Public Transport in Eastcote

Eastcote is served by one station on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines of the London Underground and by three local Transport for London bus routes (which also connect to further stations on the Central and Metropolitan lines).

Fig 3 Mast mounted bullseye with station name. The book London Underground By Design By Mark Ovenden gives a history of the roundel however the timing of certain design features varies and whilst the word ‘Underground’ was used from 1947 onwards some lines did not use station names until 1969. The date of this picture is circa 1960. An attempt to explain the use of designs at various times is attempted here lu-roundel-chronology Image; londonscreenarchives.com
Fig 2 The Mast mounted bullseye today with corporate lettering. The book London Underground By Design By Mark Ovenden says that around 1908 the ribbon or dashes were added under the letters ‘ndergoun’
To and from London

Underground timings below are correct as of 8th October 2018 with the introduction of the autumn leaf fall timetable on the Piccadilly line; this operates until 20th December and there are minor changes to timings of trains on both lines throughout this period.

Metropolitan Line
Fig 1 Train Types

The Metropolitan line service runs daily between Uxbridge and Baker Street/Aldgate via Rayners Lane, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Wembley Park, Finchley Road, Baker Street and Kings Cross St. Pancras. Trains run approximately every 5 to 10 minutes during Monday to Friday peak hours and every 7 to 8 minutes at most other times. In the morning peak, seven trains run non-stop between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Finchley Road; these depart at 0625, 0656, 0725, 0759, 0833, 0905 and 0938. There is also one train in the early evening at 1809. At all other times trains call at all stations. On Mondays to Saturdays trains run from 0522 until 0046 and on Sundays from 0647 until 0025.

The last train to leave Baker Street for Uxbridge on Mondays to Saturdays (but see below) is at 0043 and on Sundays at 0020.

Piccadilly Line

The Piccadilly line service runs daily between Uxbridge and central London via Rayners Lane, Acton Town, Hammersmith, Earls Court and South Kensington. Trains run approximately every 5 to 10 minutes during Monday to Friday peak hours and every 20 minutes at most other times. During Monday to Friday peak hours, generally one train in three and at other times one train in two starts from Rayners Lane; it may be quicker to take the first Metropolitan line train and change at Rayners Lane for stations beyond there. On Mondays to Saturdays trains run at 0527 then from 0628 (Mondays to Fridays) or 0853 (Saturdays) until 0036; on Sundays they run at 0655 then from 0853 until 0013.

The last train from central London with an onward connection towards Uxbridge departs Green Park at 0034 on Mondays to Thursdays, 0035 on Fridays and Saturdays and 2340 on Sundays (changing at Acton Town).

 

To and from Uxbridge

Metropolitan and Piccadilly line trains run to Uxbridge from 0549 until 0123 on Mondays to Saturdays and from 0711 until 0047 on Sundays.

From Uxbridge back to Eastcote, trains run from 0512 until 0036 on Mondays to Saturdays and from 0636 until 0014 on Sundays.

Live departure boards for the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines can be found here.
Tube map can be found here (pdf).

 

Fig 4 Buses via Eastcote
Buses

Route 282 runs daily between Mount Vernon Hospital and Ealing Hospital via Northwood, Northwood Hills, Eastcote, Eastcote Lane, Northolt, Yeading and Greenford. In Eastcote itself it runs along Joel Street, High Road Eastcote and Field End Road. Buses run about every 13 minutes during the day on Mondays to Saturdays and every 16 minutes at most other times (every 21 minutes early on Saturdays and Sundays). Buses depart Eastcote Station towards Northolt from 0525 until 0015 daily and towards Northwood from 0543 until 0032 (0033 on Sundays). There are additional journeys on schooldays only, one in the morning towards Mount Vernon Hospital and two in the afternoon towards Greenford/Ealing Hospital.

The full timetable can be found here (pdf).

Route H13 runs daily between St Vincent’s Nursing Home and Ruislip Lido via Northwood Hills, Pinner, Eastcote Village and Ruislip. In Eastcote itself it runs along Bridle Road, Field End Road, High Road Eastcote and Eastcote Road. Buses run about every 20 minutes during the day on Mondays to Saturdays and from late morning to late afternoon on Sundays and every 30 minutes at all other times. One additional journey runs in the afternoon on schooldays only in the Pinner direction.

Buses depart Field End Road/High Road towards Ruislip from 0615 on Mondays to Fridays, 0614 on Saturdays and 0714 on Sundays until 0013 daily and towards Pinner from 0610 on Mondays to Fridays, 0609 on Saturdays and 0709 on Sundays until 0009 daily.

The full timetable can be found here (pdf).

Route 398 runs daily between Ruislip Station and Wood End via Ruislip Manor, Eastcote, Rayners Lane, South Harrow and Northolt Park. In Eastcote itself it runs along Southbourne Gardens, Field End Road and North View. Buses run about every 30 minutes throughout the day. Buses depart Eastcote Station towards Rayners Lane from 0636 on Mondays to Fridays (0635 on Saturdays and Sundays) until 0005 daily and towards Ruislip from 0712 until 0043 daily.

The full timetable can be found here (pdf).

Nearest bus to Heathrow is the 278 from Ruislip. The full timetable can be found  here (pdf)

Eastcote station was modernised with real-time information boards in 2015

Fig 5 Eastcote Real-time Information Boards. Image; mylondonnews.com

See the story here at mylondon.news

Fig 6 Tube Train Leaving London. Image; reddit.com/user/robbiekhan/ via Giphy
Fig 7 The book London Underground By Design By Mark Ovenden states Eastcote station has shopfronts complete with Streamline Moderne curved windows and mast mounted bullseyes on top of each retail unit. Meanwhile, Richard Coltman suggests “Whilst Holden’s design for Eastcote Station drew heavily on similar designs at Sudbury Town and Sudbury Hill. It is, however, not a copy but a well-executed evolution of the Sudbury model. …Eastcote Station is a fine example of Holden’s work.” see modernistbritain Eastcote Station . The station also features in the works regarding modernism-in-metroland

 

 

 

Fig 6 shows the current London_Underground_1973_Stock Built between 1974 and 1977 by Metro Cammell, Birmingham

 

 

 

 

Fig 8 Metropolitan Line-A60 Rolling Stock-Eastcote_Tube 2011. Courtesy of mainlytrains. Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License. Fabricated by Cravens of Sheffield c. 1960. Click on the image for wiki details London_Underground_A60_and_A62_Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig 8 shows publicity images shows the future (2023?) rolling stock from the design consultancy Design and attrib; PriestmanGoode & TFL. Click on picture for a full size, full length motion in HD. Whilst visiting their video motion library, check out the Moving Platform concept.

In May 2018, the article londonreconnections2018-upgrading-the-piccadilly talks variously and has a project timings. An article printed in 2014 at londonreconnections entitled ‘Upgrading the Piccadilly Line’ there is an early promotional video of the train’s cab frontal chassis and window octagon profile. It also discuss’ why the factors of heat and energy would influence the train design.  Reducing unladen weight by reducing the number of bogies which in turn allows for air-conditioning units (such units could not fit in the roof of a deep tube train). It also discuss’ that the line voltage will go from 630V to 750V since transmission loss is inversely proportional to the square of the voltage. Also, there’ll be regenerative braking. Given the Piccadilly Line  and Metropolitan inter-running see the article new-signalling-contract-signed Thales system. Presumeably, this modern rolling stock is both fitted with Wheel Slide Protection (WSP) to solve the Autumn-leaves-on-the-line problem as explained at londonreconnections wear-and-lathing-problem-with-the-piccadilly-lines-trains. See Fig 9 on WSP details which is similar in concept to car ABS systems but for rail.

Fig 9 Wheel Slide Protection Illustrated. Design and Attrib: Porterbrook of Derby. Click on image to visit the web page for full details