Wapping railway station

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Wapping London Overground
Wapping station building pre-open April2010.JPG
Wapping is located in Greater London
Location of Wapping in Greater London
Location Wapping
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed by London Overground
Owner Transport for London
Station code WPE
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2007 Increase 1.561 million[1]
2008 0 (closed) million[1]
2009 0 (closed) million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 0.719 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.081 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 1.271 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 1.371 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 1.569 million[2]
Key dates
1869 Opened as Wapping and Shadwell
1876 Renamed Wapping
1884 First Underground service
27 April 2010[3] Reopened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°30′16″N 0°03′21″W / 51.5044°N 0.0558°W / 51.5044; -0.0558

Wapping railway station is on the northern bank of the river Thames in Wapping, East London, England. It is in Zone 2, and on the East London Line of London Overground between Shadwell and Rotherhithe.[note 1]

After recent temporary closures for remodelling, the station reopened for preview services on 27 April 2010 for services to New Cross and New Cross Gate, and from 23 May 2010 trains to/from New Cross Gate were extended to West Croydon / Crystal Palace.[4]



A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines in South East London, including the southern portion of the East London Line

The station occupies the north end of the former Thames foot tunnel built by Marc Isambard Brunel between 1825–1843, and subsequently adapted for railway traffic. Access to the station is by lift or a flight of stairs built into one of the original access shafts of the Thames Tunnel.[note 2]

London, Brighton and South Coast Railway[edit]

Locomotive exiting the Thames Tunnel and arriving at what is now Wapping station. Illustrated London News 8 January 1870.

The station was originally opened as the northern terminus of the East London Railway[note 3] on 7 December 1869 as Wapping and Shadwell, and the station was renamed Wapping on 10 April 1876,[note 4] when the line was extended northwards to Liverpool Street,[note 3] via a new station at Shadwell. The earliest trains were provided by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, whose system connected with the line at New Cross Gate.[5][note 3]

London Underground[edit]

Wapping station as it appeared in 2006 with London Underground branding. The entrance has since been moved from the corner to the front.

Underground trains of the Metropolitan and the District Railways first served the station on 1 October 1884,[note 5] but the station was last served by District trains on 31 July 1905.[note 5][note 6]

The station was extensively remodelled between 1995 and 1998, when the entire East London Line - including Wapping station - was closed due to repair work on the tunnels under the Thames. Vitreous enamel panels by Nick Hardcastle[6][7] showing the station and the area in former and modern times were installed on the platforms.

London Overground[edit]

London Overground train at the northbound platform of Wapping station in 2015. The station's narrow and curved platforms have been identified as a safety hazard.

The East London Line closed on 22 December 2007, and reopened on 27 April 2010 when it became part of the new London Overground system. During this time the station was heavily refurbished.

The proposed extension of the East London Line raised concerns that the station would have to be closed due to its platforms being too short (only four cars long) to accommodate the new rolling stock planned for the extended line (which could be six or eight cars long). The narrowness of the platforms was also a concern. The station does not fully meet the safety standards for an underground station but is permitted to operate under a derogation from Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate.[8] Despite this, on 16 August 2004 then-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone announced that the station would remain open.[9]


London Overground East London Line
Highbury & Islington London Underground North London Line National Rail
Canonbury North London Line
Dalston Junction
Kingsland Viaduct
Kingsland Viaduct
Shoreditch High Street
Whitechapel London Underground
Shadwell Docklands Light Railway
Thames Tunnel
under River Thames
Canada Water London Underground
Surrey Quays
National Rail Queens Road Peckham
New Cross National Rail
National Rail Peckham Rye
New Cross Gate National Rail
National Rail Denmark Hill
Brockley National Rail
London Underground Clapham High Street
Honor Oak Park National Rail
Wandsworth Road
Forest Hill National Rail
National Rail West London Line Clapham Junction
Sydenham National Rail
National Rail Crystal Palace
Penge West National Rail
Anerley National Rail
Norwood Junction National Rail
West Croydon Tramlink National Rail

All times below are correct as of the December 2010 timetables.

London Overground[edit]

East London Line[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.[10] Current off peak frequency is:


London Buses routes 100 and D3 serve the station.


  1. ^ Baker 2007, p. 22, section B1
  2. ^ Day 1979, p. 33
  3. ^ a b c Day 1979, p. 31
  4. ^ Butt 1995, p. 241
  5. ^ a b Rose 2007
  6. ^ Day 1979, p. 32


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  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  • Day, John R. (1979) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (6th ed.). Westminster: London Transport. ISBN 0-85329-094-6. 1178/211RP/5M(A). 
  • Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0. 
Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
East London Line
  Former services  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Metropolitan line
District line
towards Shoreditch
East London line