Acton is a district in the London Borough of Ealing in west London. It's 6.1 miles west of Charing Cross. In 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 comes from old English. It was initially an ancient village, and as London expanded it was absorbed into the city. Since 1965, Acton has been part of the east of Ealing, but some parts of East Acton are in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and a small part of South Acton is in 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 known as the hub of commerce and retail on the former main road between London and Oxford, called the Uxbridge Road. The main road includes a lot of inns, which date back to the late Tudor period as stopping places for travellers. Today, the A40 dual carriageway is the major route from London to Oxford, and it bypasses central Acton. It still passes via East Acton and North Acton.
Acton boasts the largest housing estate in West London, named the South Acton estate, with around 2,000 houses and 5,800 residents. The region is at present in phase two of a significant 15-year phased regeneration which involves virtually complete demolition of the existing residential units and the construction of new and much more residences. This is most likely to boost its population additionally.