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Shoreditch High Street railway station

Coordinates: 51°31′24″N 0°04′36″W / 51.5234°N 0.0768°W / 51.5234; -0.0768
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Shoreditch High Street London Overground
Shoreditch High Street is located in Central London
Shoreditch High Street
Shoreditch High Street
Location of Shoreditch High Street in Central London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets & Hackney
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerTransport for London
Station codeSDC
Number of platforms2
Fare zone1
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 9.374 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.505 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 9.054 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.428 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 1.403 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.139 million[1]
2021–22Increase 4.844 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.289 million[1]
2022–23Increase 7.054 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.406 million[1]
Key dates
27 April 2010Opened
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°31′24″N 0°04′36″W / 51.5234°N 0.0768°W / 51.5234; -0.0768
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Shoreditch High Street is a London Overground station located 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.

Entrance to the station

The station officially opened to the public on 27 April 2010[2] and replaced nearby tube station Shoreditch, which was directly to the east and closed in 2006.


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 £2 million and "cause confusion".[3] Councillor Ullah had previously campaigned to change the name of Aldgate East Underground station to "Brick Lane".[4]

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.[5][6]

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.[7][8]

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.[9][10]

Services and connections[edit]

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 in trains per hour is:

London Bus routes 8, 26, 35, 47, 78, 135, 149, 205, 242, 388 and night routes N8, N26, N205 and N242 serve the station.[12][13][14]

Future proposals[edit]

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.[15][16]

Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "The new East London Line opens to the public". BBC News. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Calls to rename East End station". BBC News. 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."
  4. ^ "Bid to name Tube stop Brick Lane". BBC News. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2007.
  5. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
  6. ^ "Bishopsgate station". Subterreanea Britannica. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Full service begins on newly extended East London Line". BBC News Online. London. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  9. ^ Busby, Mattha (15 December 2017). "London Overground goes 24-hour, joining night tube". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  10. ^ "London Overground to run a 24-hour service just like the Night Tube" (Press release). Metro. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Shoreditch High Street Station (Stop E)". TfL. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Bethnal Green Rd / Shoreditch High Street Stn (Stop J)". TfL. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Shoreditch High Street Station (Stop N)". TfL. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Central Line interchange for ELL could come as part of new Shoreditch terminus".
  16. ^ Hawkins, John. "Meeting Reports: The East London Line Extension" (PDF). London Underground Railway Society.

External links[edit]

Preceding station London Overground Following station
Hoxton East London line Whitechapel