Bethnal Green railway station
Location of Bethnal Green in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Tower Hamlets|
|Managed by||Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
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Bethnal Green railway station is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in east London. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Greater Anglia, on the West Anglia route, and it is in Travelcard Zone 2. The station was formerly called Bethnal Green Junction and was also served by trains on the Great Eastern Main Line. Oyster card (pay as you go) was accepted at the station from 2 January 2008.
In 1872 the Great Eastern Railway opened a new branch to Hackney Downs; to serve this branch a new junction was built to the west of Cambridge Heath Road.
It also replaced a station called Mile End which was located on the eastern side of Cambridge Heath Road with a station immediately to the west of the new junction called Bethnal Green Junction. It served both of the Great Eastern Railway routes and had four platforms. In 1946 this station stopped serving the Great Eastern main line to Shenfield and two platforms were closed, though the remains of the Shenfield down platform are still visible. The Shenfield up (London-bound) platform was demolished and the tracks rearranged, coinciding with the swapping of services from the former fast tracks onto the former slow (resulting in the arrangement we see today). It is not known for certain when the station's name was changed, possibly when it ceased serving the Shenfield line.
Accidents and incidents
- On 4 September 1953, a passenger train was derailed when a set of points moved under it.
Out of Station interchange
Bethnal Green tube station is nearby on Bethnal Green Road which is on the Central Line and Whitechapel tube station is close by on Whitechapel Road which is on the District Line/Hammersmith and City Line and London Overground and future Crossrail 1 services are both in easy reach of the station.
The following off-peak weekday services currently call at Bethnal Green:
|Greater Anglia||London Liverpool Street - Bethnal Green - Cambridge Heath - London Fields - Hackney Downs - Rectory Road - Stoke Newington - Stamford Hill - Seven Sisters - Bruce Grove - White Hart Lane - Silver Street - Edmonton Green - Southbury - Turkey Street - Theobald Grove - Cheshunt||Class 315||2x per hour|
|Greater Anglia||London Liverpool Street - Bethnal Green - Cambridge Heath - London Fields - Hackney Downs - Rectory Road - Stoke Newington - Stamford Hill - Seven Sisters - Bruce Grove - White Hart Lane - Silver Street - Edmonton Green - Bush Hill Park - Enfield Town||Class 315||2x per hour|
|Greater Anglia||London Liverpool Street - Bethnal Green - Hackney Downs - Clapton - St James Street - Walthamstow Central - Wood Street - Highams Park - Chingford||Class 315, Class 317||4x per hour|
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- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
- TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
- Hoole, Ken (1982). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 3. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 39. ISBN 0-906899-05-2.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|London Liverpool Street||Greater Anglia
Lea Valley Lines
West Anglia Main Line
|Cambridge Heath or
|Lea Valley Lines||Cambridge Heath or
towards Enfield Town,
Cheshunt or Chingford
Line open, station closed
|Great Eastern Railway
Great Eastern Main Line
Line open, station closed