Shoreditch High Street railway station
|Shoreditch High Street|
Location of Shoreditch High Street in Central London
|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|
|27 April 2010||Opened|
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The station officially opened to the public on 27 April 2010 with services running between Dalston Junction and New Cross or New Cross Gate. On 23 May 2010 services were extended from New Cross Gate to West Croydon or Crystal Palace. The station replaced nearby London Underground Shoreditch, which was directly to the east of the station and was closed on 9 June 2006. The next station to the south is Whitechapel and to the north is Hoxton.
On the 1994 planning version of the underground map, the station was called 'Bishopsgate'.
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 2005. 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.
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 Clapham Junction via Peckham Rye
- 4 Southbound to Crystal Palace
- 4 Southbound to New Cross
- 4 Southbound to West Croydon
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 tube station to "Brick Lane".
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
- "Station usage estimates". 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.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- "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.
|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
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