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|Local authority||London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|1878||Started "Super Outer Circle" (Midland)|
|1880||Ended "Super Outer Circle"|
|Lists of stations||*DLR|
The station was opened by the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR, now the District Line) on 9 September 1874 as 'Fulham - North End' when it opened its extension from Earl's Court to Hammersmith. At that time the next station west was Hammersmith - Barons Court did not open until 1905. It was re-named West Kensington in 1877.
On 5 May 1878 The Midland Railway began running a circuitous service known as the "Super Outer Circle" from St Pancras to Earl's Court via Cricklewood and South Acton. It operated over a now disused connection between the NLR and the London and South Western Railway's branch to Richmond (now part of the District Line). The service was not a success and was ended on 30 September 1880.
Lillie Bridge DepotEdit
Template:Split section A short distance to the east of the station is a branch line leading to the Underground's engineering depot at Lillie Bridge. This depot was built in 1871 to house MDR trains but when the line was electrified in 1905 a new depot was built at Ealing Common. Lillie Bridge depot was then used by the Piccadilly Line when it opened in 1906 to stable its trains. To reach the depot, Piccadilly Line trains ran out of service over the District Line tracks between Barons Court and West Kensington. This lasted until 1932 when the extension of the Piccadilly Line west of Hammersmith enabled a new depot to be built at Northfields for Piccadilly Line trains. The depot was then transferred to the engineering department. The depot will again be brought into use for stabling of passenger service trains from approximately 2013, when the S Stock enters service on the District Line. This is due to lack of stabling space available elsewhere because of these trains being longer than the current D and C stock in service on the line now.
Adjacent to the tracks east of West Kensington stands the London Underground office building "Ashfield House" named in remembrance of Lord Ashfield, Chairman of the Underground Group and the London Passenger Transport Board, precursors to Transport for London.
The off-peak service pattern is:
- London's Transport Museum Photographic Archive
- Tube Professional's Rumour Network - Lillie Bridge depot
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