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South station entrance

Local authorityLondon Borough of Newham
Managed byLondon Underground[1]
National Express East Anglia[2]
OwnerNetwork Rail[1]
Station codeSRA
Number of platforms19
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access [3][4]
Fare zone3

London Underground annual entry and exit
2006File:Increase2.svg 22.443 million[5]
2007File:Increase2.svg 25.627 million[6]
2008File:Increase2.svg 27.230 million[7]
2009File:Decrease2.svg 26.99 million[8]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2005–06File:Decrease2.svg 7.699 million[9]
2006–07File:Increase2.svg 13.089 million[9]
2007–08File:Increase2.svg 13.369 million[9]
2008–09File:Decrease2.svg 12.330 million[9]
- interchange1.143 million[9]

1839Opened by ECR
1946Central line started
1987DLR started
1999Jubilee line started
2007Platform 7 closed
2009Platforms 1 & 2 resited
2010Platform 3a opened
2010Platforms 16 & 17 due to open
2018Crossrail due to start

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    Template:Portal-inlineCoordinates: 51°32′32″N 0°00′12″W / 51.5422°N 0.0033°W / 51.5422; -0.0033

    Stratford station is a large multilevel railway station in Stratford, east London. The station is served by the National Rail services National Express East Anglia, London Overground and c2c, by London Underground's Central and Jubilee lines, and by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Stratford is in London Travelcard Zone 3, and Network Rail owns the station. To distinguish it from Stratford-upon-Avon, this station is called Stratford (London) by National Rail,[2] and is sometimes referred to as Stratford Regional to distinguish it from Stratford International station some Template:Convert/yd away.[10] The station was a key arrival point for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.[11]


    File:Bow, Bromley, Firest Gate, hackney Wick or Victoria Park, Stratford & Woodgrange Park RJD 98.jpg

    Railway lines around Stratford in 1914

    Stratford station was opened on 20 June 1839 by the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR). As well as a station, a railway works was built, much of which has since been turned into a freight terminal.

    Central Line services started on 4 December 1946, extended from Liverpool Street station in new tunnels after being delayed due to the Second World War. The line was further extended to Leyton on 5 May 1947 and then to the former London and North Eastern Railway branch lines to Epping, Ongar and Hainault progressively until 1957.

    The Docklands Light Railway opened on 31 August 1987 reusing redundant rail routes through the Bow and Poplar areas to reach the new Docklands developments on the Isle of Dogs.

    The low-level station was substantially rebuilt in the late 1990s as part of the Jubilee Line Extension works, with a large new steel and glass building designed by Wilkinson Eyre that encloses much of the low-level station, and a new ticket hall. The old ticket hall, at the eastern end of the station and connected via a subway, has since been demolished. The Jubilee Line opened to passengers on 14 May 1999 as far as North Greenwich station, and to Green Park and Stanmore in November 1999.[12]

    With the great increase in services and passengers since the Second World War, Stratford has changed from a fairly busy junction into one of Britain's major rail interchanges. Growth is set to continue in the future with the opening of the Crossrail line across London and the nearby Stratford International station.


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    High-level platforms[]

    File:Stratford station signage.jpg

    Different platform signage (clockwise from top left) London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, Jubilee line, National Express East Anglia

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    London Overground North London Line train on the new platform with the new footbridge to Stratford City in the right

    File:1992 stock st Stratford platform 3a Sept2010.jpg

    Westbound platforms 3 and 3a at Stratford station (with a London Underground Central Line train arriving). Trains now open their doors on both sides at this platform.


    The inside of a westbound Central Line 1992 stock train whilst calling at Stratford station – with the doors open on both sides. Platform 3 is to our right and the new platform 3a is to our left.

    File:Stratford stn Jubillee line.JPG

    Jubilee line platforms 13 to 15, opened in 1999

    The high-level platforms run at right angles to the low-level, roughly east-west. The lines to the old platforms 1 & 2 pass beneath the high-level station. Access from the main station entrance is via a subway; a second subway links the Jubilee line platforms directly to platforms 3–10. A third subway, which served the old entrance to the station, is closed and available for emergency use only, but is scheduled to be reopened.

    • Platforms 1 & 2: On 15 April 2009 the North London Line platforms at Stratford moved to new high-level platforms 1 & 2 from the old low-level platforms 1 & 2, the latter being made available for the DLR's forthcoming Stratford International service (due to open in 2010). Platforms 1 and 2 comprise an island platform with step-free links to platform 12 and the subway linking to platforms 3 to 11.[13] The platforms can accommodate trains with up to 6 cars, though at present, due to short platforms elsewhere, 3-car trains are used as previously. It had originally been planned to make this change on 2 January 2009 but it was delayed.[14] Note: During the planning of these new platforms they were shown on plans as 12a and 12b.
    • Platforms 3, 3a & 6: used by Central line trains, which rise from their tunnels into the open air here and immediately descend back underground afterwards. Platforms 3 & 6 are 'island' platforms providing easy cross-platform interchange with National Rail services operating from platforms 5 and 8 respectively (see below), while platform 3a has a direct step-free connection at mezzanine level, facilitating easier interchange with Jubilee line trains on platforms 13-15 and Docklands Light Railway trains on platforms 4a & 4b. Westbound Central line trains travelling towards London Liverpool Street Station and Central London open their doors on both sides, so that passengers can alight and board trains from either side, reducing dwell times and peak-hour congestion in the passageways.
    • Platforms 4 & 7 (abandoned): when the London to Shenfield line was electrified in the 1940s, there was an intention to run a shuttle service from Fenchurch Street to Stratford, calling at Stepney and Bow Road, which would have terminated at these bay platforms. However, this service was never introduced (despite all the works required being carried out). In the 1980s platform 4 was used as the terminus of the Docklands Light Railway while platform 7 remained abandoned. In 2007 platform 4 was abandoned again as the DLR moved to two new platforms to the south of platform 4.
    • Platforms 5 & 8: used by National Express East Anglia (NXEA) services on the slow lines out of London Liverpool Street. These are mostly the 'Shenfield metro' services to Shenfield, but during the off-peak they are also used by trains to Southend Victoria. Two late-night c2c trains pass through the station each day on the way from Liverpool Street to Barking and vice versa. c2c also pass through when there are engineering works between Barking & London Fenchurch Street. Cross-platform interchange is available with Central line services running from platforms 3 and 6 respectively (see above).
    • Platforms 9, 10 & 10a: used by NXEA services on the fast lines out of London Liverpool Street towards Norwich and destinations served by branches off the Great Eastern Main Line, e.g. Clacton-on-Sea, Braintree, and Southend. Originally there were only two platforms here, but in the 1990s the station buildings on Platform 9 were demolished to make an island platform with faces on both sides. The new face became 9, the old 9 became 10 and the old 10 became 10a. Platform 10a is now rarely used because of its inconvenient location, accessible from only one of the two open station subways.
    • Platforms 11 & 12: since December 2005 these have been used for NXEA services to Broxbourne, Bishop's Stortford and Stansted Airport. There is a half-hourly service in the peak hours, hourly off-peak and at weekends. Most services use platform 12, since trains cannot terminate and reverse direction in platform 11.

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    Low-level platforms[]

    These platforms are at ground level and run north-south. Platforms 13-16 are served by a footbridge (with lifts and escalators) from the main station entrance, while platform 17 adjoins directly on to the main station concourse.

    • Platforms 13–15: built in the late 1990s to serve the Jubilee line when it was extended here in 1999. All three are bay platforms.[15] A footbridge joins the platforms at the south end, away from the main station building.

    Two British Railways Class 416 trains working on the North London Line pass at Stratford (low level) station. This view shows the station as it was before rebuilding for the Jubilee line.

    • Platforms 16 & 17 (under construction): originally served trains from Palace Gates (near Alexandra Palace) to North Woolwich, a service which no longer operates. In the 1980s, trains from Richmond to Broad Street were diverted to run via these platforms to North Woolwich. Following the closure of the line to North Woolwich on 9 December 2006, these platforms effectively became a terminus, with trains heading west only, towards Richmond. However, they also left the station at its south end to reverse, so both platforms were used. On 14 April 2009 these platforms, originally numbered 1 and 2, closed and the North London Line service moved to the current platforms 1 and 2, which are in the high-level part of the station and have step-free access. The old platforms are being converted for use by the DLR and will reopen as platforms 16 and 17.[13][16]

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    Stratford International[]

    Main article: Stratford International station

    The nearby Stratford International station opened on 30 November 2009 (for preview services only). Since 13 December 2009 Southeastern began its full domestic high-speed service between London St Pancras, and Kent. Currently a bus service provides an interchange between Stratford Regional and Stratford International[17] which leaves the regional station from the northern end of platform 11, where rail tickets are available at a temporary ticket office. The Docklands Light Railway 'Stratford International' extension is planned to provide a link between the two stations from early 2011.

    Despite Stratford International's name, no international trains call there, and Eurostar (currently the only international operator) has no plans to do so.

    Service patterns[]

    The typical off-peak service per hour (tph) from Stratford is as follows:

    Operator Services
    London Underground
    National Express East Anglia
    Docklands Light Railway
    London Overground
    • Irregular and infrequent to London Liverpool Street
    • Irregular and infrequent to Barking and Grays[18]


    All lines at Stratford are electrified, although a few passenger and freight services which pass through this station are hauled by diesel locomotives. At one time there were four different systems of electrification in use, a record for any station in London. However, since the diversion of the North London Line from the low-level to the new high-level platforms these trains have changed the electrical system they use while at this station. The remaining systems used are:

    In 1949 the Great Eastern Main Line through Stratford was electrified at 1500 V dc overhead before being converted to 6.25 kV AC 50 Hz overhead in 1960 and converted again in about 1976 to 25 kV.[19]


    The station will become a major interchange for Elizabeth Line services, due to commence in 2022.[20] This would mean that Stratford would be directly linked to Paddington, Heathrow and Reading.



    Current services[]

    Terminus {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} Terminus
    towards [[Template:S-line/LUL left/Central tube station|Template:S-line/LUL left/Central]]
    Central line
    towards [[Template:S-line/LUL right/Central tube station|Template:S-line/LUL right/Central]]
    towards [[Template:S-line/LUL left/Jubilee tube station|Template:S-line/LUL left/Jubilee]]
    Jubilee line Terminus
    Terminus {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} Terminus
    toward [[Template:S-line/DLR left/DLR DLR station|Template:S-line/DLR left/DLR]]
    Template:DLR lines Terminus
    Terminus {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} Terminus
    towards [[Template:S-line/LOG left/North London railway station|Template:S-line/LOG left/North London]]
    North London Line Terminus
    National Rail National Rail
    London Liverpool Street
      National Express East Anglia
    Great Eastern Main Line
    towards Norwich, Peterborough
    or Lowestoft
      National Express East Anglia
    Shenfield Metro
    towards Shenfield
    London Liverpool Street
      National Express East Anglia
    Great Eastern Main Line
    towards Clacton or Southend
      National Express East Anglia
    Great Eastern Main Line
    towards Southend, Southminster
    or Braintree
    Terminus   National Express East Anglia
    Lea Valley Lines
      Lea Bridge
    towards Hertford East or Stansted Airport
    London Liverpool Street
    Liverpool Street - Barking (Limited Service)
    towards Grays
    London Liverpool Street
    towards Harwich International

    Future services[]

    Terminus {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} Terminus
    Stratford International
    toward [[Template:S-line/DLR left/DLR DLR station|Template:S-line/DLR left/DLR]]
    Template:DLR lines
    toward [[Template:S-line/DLR right/DLR DLR station|Template:S-line/DLR right/DLR]]
    File:Crossrail logo.PNG Crossrail
    towards [[Template:S-line/LCR left/LCR railway station|Template:S-line/LCR left/LCR]]
    Line 1
    towards [[Template:S-line/LCR right/LCR railway station|Template:S-line/LCR right/LCR]]

    Former services[]

    Preceding station Disused railways Following station

    Template:Rail line one to three

    Bow Road   Great Eastern Railway
    Fenchurch Street shuttle
    Hackney Wick   Silverlink
    North London Line
      West Ham

    Former train operating company Anglia Railways ran services known as London Crosslink from Norwich to Basingstoke via Stratford. This service started in 2000 and ended in 2002.

    Preceding station National Rail logo.svg.png National Rail Following station
    Highbury & Islington   Anglia Railways
    London Crosslink
      Romford or

    Other transport links[]

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    Stratford Bus station

    Stratford station also has a major bus interchange, completed in the late 1990s. Bus routes 25, 69, 86, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, 678, D8, N8 and N86 are all operated by Transport for London and serve the station.[21][22][23]

    National Express Coaches routes 010 to Cambridge and A9 to London Stansted Airport also serve the station.


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    14. London Overground: Statford Platform Changes (Information leaflet, TfL January 2009)
    15. Stratford Station. Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Retrieved on 2008-03-01.
    16. Stratford Station. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21.
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    22. Night buses from Stratford. Transport for London (2009). Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
    23. Route 678. London Bus Routes (23 February 2009). Retrieved on 2009-05-27.

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