Dalston Junction railway station

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This article is about the East London Line station. For the nearby North London Line station, see Dalston Kingsland railway station. For the station in Cumbria, see Dalston railway station.
Dalston Junction London Overground
Dalston Junction stn north entrance April2010.JPG
North entrance on day of re-opening in April 2010
Dalston Junction is located in Greater London
Dalston Junction
Dalston Junction
Location of Dalston Junction in Greater London
Location Dalston
Local authority London Borough of Hackney
Managed by London Overground
Owner Transport for London
Station code DLJ
Number of platforms 4
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 2
OSI Dalston Kingsland London Overground 5 mins walk away[2]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 1.332 (year of opening) million[3]
2011–12 Increase 2.277 million[3]
2012–13 Increase 2.760 million[3]
2013–14 Increase 3.200 million[3]
Railway companies
Original company North London Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping LMS
Key dates
1 November 1865 Opened
30 June 1986 Closed
27 April 2010 Reopened (as temporary ELL terminus)
28 February 2011 Fully reopened with through service to Highbury and Islington
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°32′43″N 0°04′29″W / 51.54539°N 0.07474°W / 51.54539; -0.07474

Dalston Junction railway station /ˈdɔːlstən/ is a commuter station in north-east London in the United Kingdom. It is located at the crossroads of Dalston Lane, Kingsland Road and Balls Pond Road in the Dalston area of the London Borough of Hackney. The station is on the East London Line which is part of the London Overground network, in Travelcard Zone 2.


Original station[edit]

The station was first opened on 1 November 1865 by the North London Railway on its "City Extension" from the North London Line to Broad Street in the City of London. It had three island platforms with four through lines joining the west side of the North London line, and two joining the east. The station had no overall roof.

The line to Broad Street and the station closed on 27 June 1986.[4] However, the location at the corner of Kingsland High Street and Dalston Lane retained the name Dalston Junction on road and bus signs throughout the period that the station was closed.

Re-opened station[edit]

New platforms

Rebuilding the station for the London Overground network began with site clearance in early 2005. The station was opened by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on 27 April 2010. A limited weekday "preview" service started that day with the first train leaving Dalston Junction at 12.05. The service was of eight trains per hour between Dalston Junction and Surrey Quays station from 07:00 to 20:00; four of the eight trains continued to New Cross Gate and four to New Cross.[5]

The full service to West Croydon with branches to New Cross and Crystal Palace began on 23 May 2010, at hours similar to those of the London Underground.[6] The service interval to each of the three southern terminals is approximately fifteen minutes for most of the day, though greater early mornings, late evenings, and parts of Sundays. The South London Line was open to the public on 9 December 2012 and officially launched the next day by the Mayor, with the station now serving as the northern terminus to New Cross and West Croydon trains. Clapham Junction (via Surrey Quays) and Crystal Palace trains now start from Highbury & Islington.[7] In the first phase of the extension of the East London Line, Dalston Junction was the temporary northern terminus for all trains. From 28 February 2011 to 9 December 2012, trains from West Croydon and Crystal Palace continued beyond Dalston Junction, taking the relaid west curve north of the station to Highbury & Islington. As stated above, Dalston Junction still remains a terminal for New Cross trains, using the two bay platforms in the middle of the station.[8] Transport for London and Hackney London Borough Council are currently developing the extensive station site with a bus interchange and high-rise towers above the new station.[9] On 6 December 2012, The Co-operative Food opened a branch, located left of the station's main entrance.[10]

The new station has two platform islands, the outer sides of each providing through services, the inner bay faces supporting terminating services. Although the route eastward at the north end of the station has been protected it would require substantial reconstruction first. The entire station is covered by a new building.

Track layout[edit]

Track layout from south

The western of the two chords north of the station was reinstated on 28 February 2011 for East London Line services to Highbury & Islington. There are no plans to rebuild the eastern chord but its alignment has been safeguarded.[citation needed] The eastern chord was used by Broad Street services to Poplar. The City Extension to the south was mainly four-track but now has only two. The wide site at Dalston Junction has in the past had six platforms.

Future links[edit]

A new Dalston station has been proposed on the Crossrail 2 route between Surrey and North London and Hertfordshire should it be built.[citation needed]


Services are provided by London Overground. As of 9 December 2012 Mondays to Saturdays there is a service every 5–10 minutes throughout the day, while on Sundays before 13:00 there is a service every 5–9 minutes, changing to every 7–8 minutes until the end of service after that.[11] Current off peak frequency is:[8]


Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
East London Line
  Disused Railways  
Mildmay Park   North London Railway
Broad Street-Richmond
  Broad Street
Hackney Central   North London Railway
Broad Street-Poplar
Canonbury   British Rail
Eastern Region

North London Line (City Branch)
  Broad Street


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  4. ^ "List of dates from 1 January 1985 to 20 January 2006 of last passenger trains at closed BR (or Network Rail stations since privatisation)". Department for Transport Website: Freedom of Information Act responses, February 2006. Department for Transport. 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "East London Line officially opened by Boris Johnson". BBC News. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "East London Line reopening dubbed 'political stunt'". BBC News. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/highbury-and-islington-west-croydon-clapham-junction-december-2012.pdf
  8. ^ a b "Timetable: Highbury & Islington - West Croydon" (PDF). Transport for London. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "East London Line Planning Brief". 
  10. ^ "The Co-operative opens, Dalston Junction , December 6 2012". Flickr - Photo Sharing!. 
  11. ^ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/highburyislington-timetable.pdf

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