District Line

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Lines of the
London Underground
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  Circle
  District
  East London
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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 which were built by the Metropolitan District Railway and opened in stages between 1868 and 1871. The MDR was later bought by Charles Yerkes, forming part of the "Underground" group until it was nationalised in the 1930s.


Contents

Stations

In order from west to east

Richmond branch

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Inside a District Line carriage

Ealing branch

The Richmond and Ealing branches join just west of Turnham Green.

A typical District Line cut & cover station - Temple
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A typical District Line cut & cover station - Temple

Wimbledon branch

Kensington (Olympia) branch

The Kensington (Olympia) branch joins the main line west of Earl's Court, though trains from it normally run on to the Edgware Road branch.

The Wimbledon branch joins the main line west of Earl's Court.

"Main Line"

Edgware Road branch

The Edgware Road branch diverges from the main line east of Earl's Court.

Current service pattern

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

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

(tph=trains per hour)

Interavailabilty

c2c services also serve Upminster, Barking, West Ham and Fenchurch Street (for Tower Hill) and all tickets are interchangeable between the two operators.

History

The District Line has a long history. At one point it had additional branches to Uxbridge and Hounslow West but both are now operated by the Piccadilly Line. Eastbound services were run as far as the seaside town of Southend in Essex from 1 June 1910 and to Shoeburyness from 1911 until withdrawn on 30 September 1939. Between 1 March 1883 and 30 September 1885 the line also served stations from Ealing Broadway to Windsor, Berkshire.

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