Shoreditch tube station
|Opened by||London Underground|
|Platforms||1 (originally 2)|
|Key dates||Opened 1869
|Replaced by||Shoreditch High Street|
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Shoreditch tube station was a London Underground station in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in east London. It was in Travelcard Zone 2. The station closed permanently at the end of traffic on 9 June 2006.
It was the northern terminus of the East London Line, with latterly a single platform alongside a single track that ran next to the disused Bishopsgate Goods Yard. Until the late 1960s the East London Line connected with the main line railway to Liverpool Street (and Bishopsgate until 1916) just north of Shoreditch station. The site of the link is still visible from the end of the platform and from Greater Anglia main line trains between Stratford and Liverpool Street. The station was one of only a handful on the network with a single platform and a single track layout, though it originally had two tracks and platforms. The preceding station was Whitechapel, which was the northern terminus of the East London Line until the line closed for extension in December 2007.
Shoreditch station opened in 1869 as a stop on the main line East London Railway from Liverpool Street to points south. The passenger service between Shoreditch and Liverpool Street was withdrawn 16 years later, in 1885. The station joined the Underground network on 31 March 1913 as part of the Metropolitan Railway in conjunction with an electrification of the line.
Goods services from Liverpool Street continued to pass through Shoreditch until April 1966, following which the track connection was severed in order to improve access to Liverpool Street for other trains. The station was closed from March 1995 to September 1998 during the renovation of the East London Line, reopening six months after the rest of the line.
Before its closure, the station was one of the least used stations on the network, with only about 1,130 passengers a day. On Mondays-Fridays it was open at rush hours, closed on Saturdays, and open on Sundays for the nearby Brick Lane Market. Prior to the 1990s the station was closed on Sundays.
Total annual passenger entries and exits
- 2005: 748,000
- 2004: 415,000
- 2003: 380,000
Shoreditch tube station closed permanently on 9 June 2006, to allow work to begin on the East London line extension. It has been replaced by a new station, Shoreditch High Street. The new line and station form part of the London Overground network, a suburban rail service operated by Transport for London but separate from the Tube network.
Unlike other closed stations, Transport for London provided a temporary service to Shoreditch - until the new line fully opened in 2010, a non-stop rail replacement bus connected Shoreditch with Whitechapel using the station's previous limited opening hours.
The cutting in and around the station area has been filled in and partly reused for the line from Whitechapel (also in a cutting) to the replacement Shoreditch High Street (on an embankment). The station building still exists  and was put up for sale by TfL in February 2010. On 16 February 2011, the building was sold at auction for a price of £665,000. Current plans call for the station building to be demolished and the bricks to be re-used for a six story block of flats.
In popular culture
The station was used for a segment in the 1999 film Tube Tales.
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
|Terminus||East London line
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shoreditch tube station.|
- London's Abandoned Tube Stations - Shoreditch
- London Transport Museum Photographic Archive