Upminster station

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Upminster London Underground London Overground National Rail
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Car park side entrance to Upminster
Upminster is located in Greater London
Location of Upminster in Greater London
Location Upminster
Local authority London Borough of Havering
Managed by c2c
Owner Network Rail
Station code UPM
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 7
Accessible Yes (except platform 6) [1][2]
Fare zone 6
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 Increase 4.56 million[3]
2012 Increase 4.73 million[3]
2013 Increase 4.96 million[3]
2014 Increase 5.16 million[3]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2009–10 Increase 3.018 million[4]
2010–11 Increase 3.992 million[4]
2011–12 Increase 4.191 million[4]
2012–13 Increase 4.393 million[4]
2013–14 Increase 4.529 million[4]
Railway companies
Original company London, Tilbury and Southend Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1885 Opened
1902 District line started
1905 District line paused
1932 District line resumed
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°33′32″N 0°15′04″E / 51.559°N 0.2511°E / 51.559; 0.2511

Upminster is a London Underground and National Rail interchange station serving the town of Upminster in the London Borough of Havering. It is located 16 miles (26 km) east-northeast of Charing Cross and was opened in May 1885 by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. Today the station has seven platforms and two entrances, one constructed in the Victorian era and another built by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1932, that has been extensively modernised.

Upminster is the eastern terminus of the District line and the easternmost station on the London Underground network. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by c2c, the train operating company which provides the main line services to and from Fenchurch Street in the City of London. Upminster is approximately 15 miles (24 km) down-line from Fenchurch Street, and is situated within Travelcard Zone 6. It is also the eastern terminus of a branch line to Romford via Emerson Park, which is currently operated by London Overground.


The London Tilbury and Southend Railway (LTSR) connected the City of London with the port town of Tilbury in 1854 and then with the seaside town of Southend in 1856. The route to Southend was not direct, taking a considerable diversion in order to serve the port at Tilbury. Between 1885 and 1888 a new direct route linking Barking station with Pitsea station was constructed, with a station at Upminster opening on 1 May 1885.[5] The next station to the east was East Horndon (now West Horndon) and to the west was Hornchurch.[5]

The Whitechapel and Bow Railway opened in 1902 and allowed through-services of the Metropolitan District Railway to operate on the LTSR line to Upminster.[6] The District Railway converted to electric trains in 1905 and services were lost at Upminster when they were cut back to East Ham[7] due to the tracks between East Ham and Upminster not yet having been electrified.[6] Branches were opened by the LTSR to Grays in 1892 and Romford in 1893. The LTSR was purchased by Midland Railway in 1912 and was amalgamated into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMSR) from 1 January 1923.

The District Railway electric service extended eastward towards Upminster as far as Barking in 1908.[6] Delayed by World War I,[5] an additional pair of electrified tracks were extended by the LMSR and services of the District resumed to Upminster in 1932.[6][7][8] The District Railway was incorporated into London Transport in 1933, and became known as the District line. A new station at Upminster Bridge on the District line became the next station to the west in 1934.[7] After nationalisation of the railways in 1948, management of the station passed to British Railways and to London Transport in 1969.

From 31 May 2015, the Romford to Upminster Line transferred to London Overground Rail Operations.[9][10]


The London Underground signal box at Upminster station.
Floodlight Tower at Upminster depot which illuminates the whole site and can be seen miles beyond.

The station was greatly expanded in 1932 by the LMS and the main station buildings, the two footbridges and the buildings on the remaining platforms were constructed in typical 1930s style. A further platform for services to Romford was a later addition. The main station building, which gives access to Station Road and the taxi rank, has been extensively redeveloped in contemporary style and includes three units currently used as a newsagent, a coffee shop and a parcel service shop. The original Victorian station structures remaining on platform 1 have been refurbished and now serve as a second ticket office, toilets and waiting room[2] with an exit to Station Approach and the station car park. The original platforms were linked by a subway which has since been abandoned.

The station is the location of a London Underground signal box at the eastern end of the platforms and, several hundred yards east of the station, the modern signal control centre for all c2c operations on the line.[11] The station has two ticket offices that are both operated by c2c. The main office is located on the main road, and the second office is located on the side road that leads to the station car park. Step-free access is available to all platforms with the exception to platform 6.[1][2]


Platforms 1a is a bay platform used by a limited number of services to/from Ockendon and other services via Ockendon only to start or terminate here, 1 is for services to Fenchurch Street and 2 for Grays and Shoeburyness which are served by c2c services. Platforms 3, 4 and 5 are served by the District line, and platform 6 is served by services to Romford operated by London Overground. The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:


London Bus routes 248, 346, 347 and 370 serve the station.[13] Non-TFL routes (Essex Buses route 26 and 848) also serve the station.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Our route - Upminster
  3. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  5. ^ a b c "London, Tilbury and Southend Railway" (PDF), Local Studies Information Sheets (Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council), 2008, retrieved 12 January 2010 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Clive's Underground Line Guides - District line
  7. ^ a b c Douglas Rose (1999). The London Underground: A diagrammatic history (7 ed.). Douglas Rose. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 
  8. ^ Wolmar, Christian (2005). The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How It Changed the City Forever. Atlantic Books. p. 268. ISBN 1-84354-023-1. 
  9. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  10. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
  11. ^ c2c - Train name unites c2c and Network Rail
  12. ^ a b "District line timetable: From Upminster Underground Station to Upminster Bridge Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Buses from Upminster" (PDF). Transport for London. March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  14. ^ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/businessandpartners/lsp_bulletin.pdf[dead link]

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Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
District line Terminus
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towards Romford
Romford to Upminster Line Terminus
National Rail National Rail
Barking   c2c
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
  West Horndon
or Terminus
Tilbury Loop
Benfleet   c2c
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
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towards Shoeburyness