Acton is a district within the London Borough of Ealing in west London. It's 6.1 miles west of Charing Cross. At the 2011 census, Acton had a population of 62,480 - a ten-year increase of 8,791 individuals.
Acton means 'oak farm' or ''farm by oak trees', and originates from old English. It was originally an ancient village, and as London expanded it was absorbed in to the city. Since 1965, Acton has been part of the east of Ealing, but some parts of East Acton are inside the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and a small part of South Acton is inside the London Borough of Hounslow. Acton is one of the areas with the most stations bearing their name anywhere in the country, with seven stations including its name.
Central Acton is referred to as the hub of commerce and retail on the former major road between London and Oxford, known as the Uxbridge Road. The main road includes a great deal of inns, which go as far back to the late Tudor period as stopping places for travellers. Nowadays, the A40 dual carriageway is the main route from London to Oxford, and it bypasses central Acton. It still passes through East Acton and North Acton.
Acton houses the biggest housing estate in West London, named the South Acton estate, with approximately 2,000 houses and 5,800 residents. The area is at present in phase 2 of a significant 15-year phased regeneration which contains nearly complete demolition of the current residential units and also the construction of brand new and much more residences. This is likely to increase its population even further.