Bethnal Green railway station

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Not to be confused with Bethnal Green tube station.
Bethnal Green London Overground
Bethnal Green railway stn entrance.JPG
Station entrance
Bethnal Green is located in Greater London
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
Location of Bethnal Green in Greater London
Location Bethnal Green
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed by London Overground
Station code BET
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 0.545 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 0.516 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 0.617 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 0.666 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.709 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 0.815 million[1]
Key dates
1872 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°31′23″N 0°03′32″W / 51.523°N 0.059°W / 51.523; -0.059

Bethnal Green railway station is a station in Bethnal Green in East London. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Overground, on the Lea Valley Lines, 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. The station is situated on Three Colts Lane and is within walking distance to Bethnal Green Road via Wilmot Street.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.

The station and all services that called here were previously operated by Abellio Greater Anglia as part of the Greater Anglia franchise. On 31 May 2015 they transferred to London Overground concession holder London Overground Rail Operations.[2][3]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 4 September 1953, a passenger train was derailed when a set of points moved under it.[4]

Train services[edit]

The following off-peak weekday services currently call at Bethnal Green:

Operator Route Material Frequency
London Overground 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 - Theobalds Grove - Cheshunt Class 315, Class 317 2x per hour
London Overground 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, Class 317 2x per hour
London Overground 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  3. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
  4. ^ Hoole, Ken (1982). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 3. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 39. ISBN 0-906899-05-2. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
Liverpool Street
Terminus
  Lea Valley Lines via Stamford Hill   Cambridge Heath or
Hackney Downs
towards Enfield Town or
Cheshunt
Liverpool Street
Terminus
  Lea Valley Lines via Clapton   Hackney Downs
towards Chingford
Historical railways
Bishopsgate
Line open, station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Great Eastern Main Line
  Globe Road
Line open, station closed