Upminster station

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Upminster London Underground National Rail
Upminster Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 1472768.jpg
Car Park entrance
Upminster is located in Greater London
Location of Upminster in Greater London
Location Upminster
Local authority London Borough of Havering
Managed by c2c
Owner Network Rail
Station code UPM
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 7
Accessible Yes (except platform 6) [1][2]
Fare zone 6
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 4.43 million[3]
2011 Increase 4.556 million[3]
2012 Increase 4.73 million[3]
2013 Increase 4.96 million[3]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 Increase 2.617 million[4]
2008–09 Decrease 2.555 million[4]
2009–10 Increase 3.018 million[4]
2010–11 Increase 3.992 million[4]
2011–12 Increase 4.191 million[4]
2012–13 Increase 4.393 million[4]
Railway companies
Original company London, Tilbury and Southend Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1885 Opened
1902 District line started
1905 District line paused
1932 District line resumed
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°33′32″N 0°15′04″E / 51.559°N 0.2511°E / 51.559; 0.2511

Upminster station is a London Underground and National Rail interchange station located in Upminster of the London Borough of Havering and is in Travelcard Zone 6. Located 16 miles (26 km) east-northeast of Charing Cross, it is the easternmost station on the London Underground network and the eastern terminus of the District line service. The station is owned by Network Rail and is managed by the c2c train operating company; who provide train services on the London–Tilbury–Southend route from Fenchurch Street, 15 miles (24 km) up the line. It is also the eastern terminus of the London Overground service to Romford. The station opened to the public on Friday 1 May 1885. The station has seven platforms and two entrances; one constructed in the Victorian era and another built by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1932, that has been extensively modernised.


The London Tilbury and Southend Railway connected London with Tilbury in 1854 and with Southend in 1856. The route to Southend was not direct, taking a considerable diversion in order to serve the port at Tilbury. Between 1885 and 1888 a new direct route from Barking to Pitsea was constructed, with the station at Upminster opening in 1885.[5] The next station to the east was East Horndon (now West Horndon) and to the west was Hornchurch.[5] The Whitechapel and Bow Railway opened in 1902 and allowed through services of the Metropolitan District Railway to operate over the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway tracks to Upminster.[6] The District Railway converted to electric trains in 1905 and services were lost at Upminster when they were cut back to East Ham[7] due to unelectrified tracks between East Ham and Upminster.[6] Branches were opened by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway to Grays in 1892 and Romford in 1893. The London, Tilbury and Southend Railway was purchased by the Midland Railway in 1912 and was amalgamated into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway on 1 January 1923.

The District Railway electric service extended eastward towards Upminster as far as Barking in 1908.[6] Delayed by World War I,[5] an additional pair of electrified tracks were extended by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and services of the District resumed to Upminster in 1932.[6][7][8] The District Railway was incorporated into London Transport in 1933, and became known as the District line. A new station at Upminster Bridge on the District line became the next station to the west in 1934. [7]

After nationalisation of the railways in 1948 management of the station passed to British Railways. On 31 May 2015, the Romford-Upminster service will be transferred from Abellio Greater Anglia to London Overground Rail Operations.[9][10]


The London Underground signal box at Upminster station.
Floodlight Tower at Upminster depot which illuminates the whole site and can be seen miles beyond.

The station was greatly expanded in 1932 by the LMS and the main station buildings, the two footbridges and the buildings on the remaining platforms were constructed in typical 1930s style. A further platform for services to Romford was a later addition. The main station building, which gives access to Station Road and the taxi rank, has been extensively redeveloped in contemporary style and includes three units currently used as a WH Smith, a cobbler/dry cleaner and a bar called 'Platform 7'. The original Victorian station structures remaining on platform 1 have been refurbished and now serve as a second ticket office, toilets and waiting room[2] with an exit to Station Approach and the station car park. The original platforms were linked by a subway which has since been abandoned. Cobbler/Dry Cleaner now a coffee shop and Platform 7 in a Parcel collection and return point.[citation needed]

The station is the location of a London Underground signal box at the eastern end of the platforms and, several hundred yards east of the station, the modern signal control centre for all c2c operations on the line.[11] The station has two ticket offices that are both operated by c2c. The main office is located on the main road, and the second office is located on the side road that leads to the station car park. Step-free access is available to all platforms with the exception to platform 6.[1][2]


Platforms 1a, 1 & 2 are served by c2c services. Platforms 3, 4 & 5 are served by the District line, and platform 6 is served by London Overground services. The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:


London Bus routes 248; 346; 347 and 370 serve the station.[13] Non-TFL routes (Essex Buses route 26 and 848) also serve the station.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Our route - Upminster
  3. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  5. ^ a b c "London, Tilbury and Southend Railway" (PDF), Local Studies Information Sheets (Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council), 2008, retrieved 12 January 2010 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Clive's Underground Line Guides - District line
  7. ^ a b c Douglas Rose (1999). The London Underground: A diagrammatic history (7 ed.). Douglas Rose. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 
  8. ^ Wolmar, Christian (2005). The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How It Changed the City Forever. Atlantic Books. p. 268. ISBN 1-84354-023-1. 
  9. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  10. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
  11. ^ c2c - Train name unites c2c and Network Rail
  12. ^ a b "District line timetable: From Upminster Underground Station to Upminster Bridge Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Buses from Upminster" (PDF). Transport for London. March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  14. ^ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/businessandpartners/lsp_bulletin.pdf[dead link]

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Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
District line Terminus
National Rail National Rail
Barking   c2c
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
  West Horndon
Upminster to Grays line
Emerson Park   London Overground
Romford to Upminster Line
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