Snaresbrook tube station

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Snaresbrook London Underground
Snaresbrook station building.JPG
Station entrance
Snaresbrook is located in Greater London
Location of Snaresbrook in Greater London
Location Snaresbrook
Local authority London Borough of Redbridge
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Increase 2.59 million[1]
2014 Increase 2.78 million[1]
2015 Decrease 2.67 million[1]
2016 Increase 2.69 million[1]
2017 Increase 2.93 million[1]
Key dates
1856 Opened
1947 Central line service commenced
1949 Goods yard closed[2]
1970 Final British Rail service
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°34′51″N 0°01′18″E / 51.58083°N 0.02166°E / 51.58083; 0.02166Coordinates: 51°34′51″N 0°01′18″E / 51.58083°N 0.02166°E / 51.58083; 0.02166
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Snaresbrook is a London Underground station on the Central line, located in the area of Snaresbrook in North East London. The station is in Zone 4, between Leytonstone and South Woodford stations.


The station was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway on 22 August 1856 as part of the Eastern Counties Railway branch to Loughton, which was eventually extended to Epping and Ongar in 1865. The station then formed part of the Great Eastern Railway's system until that company was merged into the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. The station was subsequently transferred to form part of London Underground's Central line from 14 December 1947. This formed a part of the long planned, and delayed, Eastern Extension of the Central line that was part of the London Passenger Transport Board's "New Works Programme" of 1935 - 1940.

The station was partially reconstructed in 1893, the most notable feature being the provision of a bay platform that remained in use until transfer to the Underground.

The station is a fine survivor of a Victorian suburban station, with later additions, and includes a brick built station building as well as extensive cast iron and timber canopies to the platforms. A small secondary ticket office, serving the westbound platforms, was constructed in c.1948 but this is now unused. Also of note, dating from the same date, are the examples of the concrete roundels (some combined with lamp posts) found on the platforms.

In 2018, it was announced that the station would gain step free access by 2022, as part of a £200m investment to increase the number of accessible stations on the Tube.[3]

The station today[edit]

In addition to the main building, an alternative exit open at morning peak hours is available directly on the south side of Wanstead High Street, with another open all day on the north side of the same road accessible via footbridge running parallel to the railway.


London Buses route W14 serves the station.



  1. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News. London Underground Railway Society (591): 175–183. ISSN 0306-8617. 
  3. ^ "Huge boost for accessibility as further 13 stations to go step-free". London City Hall. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  • London Underground Stations; David Leboff; Ian Allan; London; 1994
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