Shoreditch High Street railway station
|Shoreditch High Street|
|Local authority||London Borough of Tower Hamlets & Hackney|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Owner||Transport for London|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|2015–16||7.661[note 1] million|
|– interchange||0.613 million|
|– interchange||0.505 million|
|– interchange||0.428 million|
|27 April 2010||Opened|
|London transport portal|
Shoreditch High Street is a London Overground station on Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch, in East London. It is served by the East London Line between Whitechapel and Hoxton with services running either to Dalston Junction, Highbury & Islington or New Cross, New Cross Gate, West Croydon, Crystal Palace, and is in Travelcard Zone 1.
On the 1994 planning version of the underground map, the station was called 'Bishopsgate'.
In May 2008 Abdal Ullah, a Tower Hamlets London Borough Councillor, called for the new station to be renamed Banglatown, claiming this would better reflect the area in which it will stand, being a centre of the Bangladeshi community. However Transport for London noted that changing the name would cost £2million and "cause confusion". Councillor Ullah had previously campaigned to change the name of Aldgate East Underground station to "Brick Lane".
The station was built on the former site of the Eastern Counties Railway's Shoreditch station, built in 1840. The original station was later renamed Bishopsgate and converted for use as a goods yard. It was destroyed by fire in 1964 and remained derelict until being demolished in 2003–04, with the exception of a number of Grade II listed structures: ornamental gates on Shoreditch High Street and the remaining 850 feet (260 m) of the "Braithwaite Viaduct", one of the oldest railway structures in the world and the second-oldest in London, designed by John Braithwaite.
The present station is built on upright supports as a viaduct, being fully enclosed in a concrete box structure. This is so future building works on the remainder of the Bishopsgate site can be undertaken keeping the station operational. Future buildings have the option of being constructed over the station. The station is situated on a section of track constructed to link the original East London Line and the formerly disused North London Railway's Kingsland Viaduct. Construction of the link included a new bridge over Shoreditch High Street and links to Whitechapel via a bridge over Brick Lane and a ramp on the site of the former Shoreditch tube station.
London Overground began running 24-hour trains on Friday and Saturday nights between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate which called at Shoreditch High Street from 15 December 2017. but bypasses Whitechapel and continues on to Shadwell due to ongoing construction work for Crossrail (Elizabeth line) until 2019.
Services and connections
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.
Current off peak frequency per hour is:
- 8 Northbound to Highbury & Islington
- 8 Northbound to Dalston Junction
- 4 Southbound to Crystal Palace
- 4 Southbound to New Cross
- 4 Southbound to West Croydon
- 4 Southbound to Clapham Junction via Peckham Rye
There have also been discussions of creating an interchange with the Central line between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green which runs almost underneath the station. However, this would not be able to happen until after the Crossrail 1 project is complete, due to extreme crowding on the Central line during peak hours.
Notes and references
- Methodological changes added 2.282 million. Usage figures would have been 5.380 million without the change
- "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- "The new East London Line opens to the public". BBC News. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
- "Calls to rename East End station". BBC News. bbc.co.uk. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
Tower Hamlets councillor Abdal Ullah said the new station should be called "Banglatown" to reflect the strong Bangladeshi community. But a TfL spokesman said "It is important that a station name takes into account the street or the official name of its area, as recorded on official maps."
- "Bid to name Tube stop Brick Lane". BBC News. bbc.co.uk. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2007.
- Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
- "Bishopsgate station". Subterreanea Britannica. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
- "New era of rail travel as London Overground's east London route opens to the public" (Press release). Transport for London. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- "Full service begins on newly extended East London Line". BBC News Online. London. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- Busby, Mattha (15 December 2017). "London Overground goes 24-hour, joining night tube". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
- "London Overground to run a 24-hour service just like the Night Tube" (Press release). Metro. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Shoreditch High Street Station (Stop E)". TfL. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
- "Bethnal Green Rd / Shoreditch High Street Stn (Stop J)". TfL. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
- "Shoreditch High Street Station (Stop N)". TfL. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
- Hawkins, John. "Meeting Reports: The East London Line Extension" (PDF). London Underground Railway Society.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shoreditch High Street railway station.|
- Bishopsgate Goods Station (Goodsyard) from Subterrranea Britannica
- BBC News, Giant bridge fitted for rail line
- Alwaystouchout.com, East London Line Extensions
|Preceding station||London Overground||Following station|
|East London Line|