Old Street station

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Old Street London Underground National Rail
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Station entrance
Old Street is located in Central London
Old Street
Old Street
Location of Old Street in Central London
Location Old Street
Local authority Islington
Managed by London Underground
Station code OLD
DfT category E
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 1
London Underground annual entry and exit
2009 Increase 19.60 million[1]
2012 Increase 21.88 million[1]
2013 Decrease 21.86 million[1]
2014 Increase 23.28 million[1]
2015 Increase 25.14 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Decrease 1.337 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 1.396 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 1.456 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 1.682 million[2]
2015–16 Increase 3.611 million[2]
Key dates
1901 Opened
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WGS84 51°31′33″N 0°05′14″W / 51.52581°N 0.08709°W / 51.52581; -0.08709Coordinates: 51°31′33″N 0°05′14″W / 51.52581°N 0.08709°W / 51.52581; -0.08709
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Old Street station is a National Rail and London Underground interchange station in Islington, London, at the junction of Old Street and City Road, just outside of the City of London. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.

On the National Rail network it is on the Northern City Line, 45 chains (0.91 km) down-line from Moorgate, and is served by Great Northern. Although a through-station on this route, for ticketing purposes Old Street is considered a central London terminus.[3] On the Underground, it is on the Bank (eastern) branch of the Northern line, between Moorgate and Angel.

At the surface, the station is under the eastern edge of the Old Street Roundabout. There is no street-level station building, access being by ramps and stairs to a modern station entrance which is adjacent to a small shopping parade beneath. The original ground-level buildings were removed when the roundabout was constructed. Expanding its catchment, on the Northern line between Old Street and Angel is a disused station named City Road.

The National Rail station was previously only open on weekdays, but Great Northern introduced a weekend service in 2015.[4]


The station was opened in November 1901 by the first deep-level tube railway, the City & South London Railway, as part of an extension of its line from Moorgate to Angel. The Northern City Line platforms were opened in February 1904 by the Great Northern & City Railway which built its tunnels to a larger diameter capable of accommodating main line trains in the hope of carrying trains from its northern terminus at the Great Northern Railway's Finsbury Park station to Moorgate. This eventually happened in the 1970s, with the line becoming a British Rail route, with through-services to Hertford and Welwyn Garden City.

During the 1920s the station was rebuilt when escalators replaced the lift shaft in accessing the platform tunnels. Between 1967 and 1969 the station was once again modified; the surface building was replaced with the current sub-surface structure situated in the centre of the roundabout and an additional escalator shaft was added. During the 1990s the effects of corrosion caused by excessive soil acidity[5] required a section of the cast iron running tunnel lining in the Northern line, south of Old Street, to be relined with stainless steel tunnel segments.[6]

In 2014 the station underwent a redevelopment program around the entrance with a number of pop-up retail spaces provided as part of a drive to increase its revenue.[7]


London Buses routes 21, 43, 55, 76, 135, 141, 205, 214, 243 and 271, night routes N55, N76 and N205 and non-TfL route 812 serve the station.

In Popular Culture[edit]

  • In the 1969 feature film Till Death Us Do Part World War II era residents of London were filmed sheltering from an air raid on the platform of Old Street station.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Section A" (PDF). National Fares Manual 98. Association of Train Operating Companies. Retrieved 2 January 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Seven-day-a-week service to the City better for late-returning commuters and weekend shoppers" (Press release). Govia Thameslink Railway. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Rainey, T.P. and Rosenbaum, M.S., 1989. The adverse influence of geology and groundwater on the behaviour of London Underground railway tunnels near Old Street station. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 100, 123–134, ISSN 0016-7878.
  6. ^ Northern Line tunnel reconstruction at Old Street; authors: N. Burgess; J. Fagents; J. Paterson: Proceedings of the ICE - Transport, Volume 153, Issue 1, 1 February 2002, pages 1 –11, ISSN 0965-092X.
  7. ^ https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2014/april/pop-up-shops-arrive-at-old-street-tube-station-to-reflect-the-vibrancy-of-tech-city
  8. ^ Nick Cooper (2010-07-03). "Till Death Us Do Part [1968 feature film]". 

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