Osterley tube station


Osterley (/ˈɒstərli/) is a London Underground station in Osterley in west London. The station is on the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly line, between Boston Manor and Hounslow East. The station is located on Great West Road (A4) close to the National Trust-owned Osterley Park. It is in Travelcard Zone 4.

Osterley London Underground
Osterley station building2.JPG
Osterley is located in Greater London
Location of Osterley in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hounslow
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2016Decrease 2.32 million[2]
2017Decrease 2.19 million[2]
2018Decrease 2.09 million[3]
2019Increase 2.18 million[4]
2020Decrease 0.96 million[5]
Railway companies
Original companyDistrict Railway
Key dates
25 March 1934Opened
9 October 1964District line service ceased
Listed status
Listing gradeII
Entry number1240806[6]
Added to list26 May 1987
Other information
External links
  • TfL station info page
WGS8451°28′53″N 0°21′08″W / 51.48139°N 0.35222°W / 51.48139; -0.35222Coordinates: 51°28′53″N 0°21′08″W / 51.48139°N 0.35222°W / 51.48139; -0.35222
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Osterley station opened on 25 March 1934.[7] A station at Osterley had first opened in 1883 at Osterley & Spring Grove, located about 300m to the east on Thornbury Road.[7] In June 1931, it had been decided to relocate the station to the west, to a site adjacent to the new Great West Road which had opened in 1925. Upon opening, the Osterley & Spring Grove station was closed, although the station building remained.[8]

Designed in the modern European style used elsewhere on the Piccadilly line by Charles Holden, the station was designed by architect Stanley Heaps following a preliminary plan by Holden.[9][10] The design uses brick, reinforced concrete and large areas of glass. The station also features a brick tower topped with a concrete "obelisk",[11] possibly inspired by De Telegraaf Building in Amsterdam, which Holden visited as part of a study trip to the Netherlands.[10][12] The Chief Executive of London Transport Frank Pick felt that stations designed by others that followed Holden's style lacked attention to detail – with Pick dubbing them 'Holdenesque'.[13] The station was awarded listed building status in 1987, at Grade II.[6] Osterley station was a replacement for an earlier station, "Osterley & Spring Grove", located about 300m to the east on Thornbury Road, which was closed when Osterley opened. The old station buildings and platforms remain.

Map showing operational dates for lines and stations in Hounslow

The station was served from its opening by trains from the District and Piccadilly lines, although District line services were withdrawn on 9 October 1964[14]

When it opened, the station was served by trains from the District and Piccadilly lines, with District line services withdrawn on 9 October 1964.[14]

Step-free accessEdit

In 2009, because of financial constraints, Transport for London decided to stop work on a project to provide step-free access at Osterley on the grounds that it was a relatively quiet station and within one or two stops of an existing step-free station,[15] Hounslow East where step-free access has been available since 2005.[16]

In 2017, TfL announced that Osterley station would receive funding for step-free access, with work commencing in 2018.[17] In October 2021, Osterley became the 89th step-free Tube station, following completion of works at the station to install two lifts.[18][19]


  • London Buses route H91 serves the station.
  • Osterley is the closest tube station to Sky's offices near Gillette Corner. Sky runs a private shuttle bus service to and from the station every 15 minutes during extended office hours for visitors and staff.[20]



  1. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. January 2022. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 January 2022. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b Historic England. "Osterley London Regional Transport (1240806)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain – A Chronology (PDF). Railway and Canal Historical Society. 2019. p. 329.
  8. ^ Connor, J. E. (2001). London's disused underground stations (2nd ed.). London: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-250-X. OCLC 57630283.
  9. ^ Day, John R.; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. "The LPTB Takes Over". The Story of London's Underground. Capital Transport. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-85414-316-7.
  10. ^ a b Ovenden, Mark (2013). London Underground by design. London. ISBN 978-0-14-199150-4. OCLC 1120769116.
  11. ^ David, Lawrence (2008). Bright Underground spaces – the railway stations of Charles Holden. Capital Transport Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85414-320-4. OCLC 1023173864.
  12. ^ Day, John Robert (2008). The story of London's underground. John Reed (10th ed.). Harrow: Capital Transport. p. 99. ISBN 1-85414-316-6. OCLC 926181246.
  13. ^ "V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership exhibitions / Underground Journeys / 'Holdenesque'". RIBA. 4 May 2011. Archived from the original on 4 May 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  14. ^ a b Rose, Douglas (1999) [1980]. The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History (7th ed.). Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4.
  15. ^ "Disability and Deaf Equality Scheme (DES) 2009-2012" (DOC). TfL. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Hounslow East wins top rail station award". TfL. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Next six Underground stations to go step-free". Transport for London.
  18. ^ "Osterley becomes London's 89th step-free Tube station". Transport for London. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Roberts, Matt (11 October 2021). "Osterley becomes 89th step-free London Underground station". Rail Technology Magazine. Retrieved 11 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Sky Bus". apphub.bskyb.com. Retrieved 28 December 2018.

External linksEdit

  • London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
    • Osterley station under construction, March 1934
    • Ticket hall, 1934
    • Osterley station, 1948
Preceding station   London Underground Following station
Hounslow East Piccadilly line Boston Manor
Former services
Preceding station   London Underground Following station
Hounslow East District line
Hounslow West branch
Boston Manor