Barons Court station to be painted District line colours in major facelift

 (Google Street View)
(Google Street View)

A 120-year-old West London Tube station is to undergo a range of repairs plus a fresh paint job to make it “a more authentic and appropriate colour scheme” for a District line stop.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has given Transport for London (TfL) the go-ahead to fix up the Grade-II listed Barons Court station, with the works scheduled towards the end of 2025.

In its application filed with the council, TfL lists four pieces of work for the station: replacing the timber elements of its canopy, strengthening its columns, repainting the station in the District line colours, and general repair and refurbishments.

These are due to a number of issues currently affecting the Edwardian stop, including much of its canopy being rotten, cracked glazing on its staircase, and rust and water damage to its columns.

On its aesthetics, TfL’s application notes the station is currently not sporting the ‘appropriate’ District Line colour scheme.

Barons Court, which was built in 1904 for the Metropolitan District Railway, today serves both the District and Piccadilly lines.

In its submission, TfL wrote: “The current colour scheme is not thought to be original and changing this would have no effect on the significance of the building. Rather it would enhance the station and be a more authentic and appropriate colour scheme for a District line station.”

Asked earlier this year by the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) whether the works could result in any closures, a TfL spokesperson said it would depend on the outcome of the submission.

Following the application’s approval, a spokesperson said there remains little to add, though that now the decision has been made, TfL is able to carry out the work, scheduled for the end of 2025.

They added this is still subject to funding approval however, and that the exact details of how this will happen, including the potential for closures, is still to be confirmed.