Limehouse station

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Limehouse Docklands Light Railway National Rail
Limehouse station MMB 14 DLR 57.jpg
The Docklands Light Railway platforms at Limehouse, 2013
Limehouse is located in Greater London
Location of Limehouse in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed byc2c
Docklands Light Railway
OwnerNetwork Rail
Transport for London
Station codeLHS
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2016Increase 9.087 million[1]
2017Increase 9.390 million[2]
2018Decrease 9.231 million[3]
2019Increase 9.781 million[4]
2020Decrease 3.958 million[5]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 3.251 million[6]
2014–15Decrease 3.195 million[6]
2015–16Decrease 3.101 million[6]
2016–17Increase 3.439 million[6]
Railway companies
Original companyCommercial Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1840Opened as Stepney by LBR
1850LBER platforms opened[note 1]
1923Renamed Stepney East
1926LBR platforms closed
11 May 1987Renamed Limehouse
31 July 1987DLR platforms opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′45″N 0°02′23″W / 51.5124°N 0.0397°W / 51.5124; -0.0397Coordinates: 51°30′45″N 0°02′23″W / 51.5124°N 0.0397°W / 51.5124; -0.0397

Limehouse station is a railway station in Limehouse district of east London. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2. It is served by Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services and by National Rail services. The National Rail services are operated by c2c out of Fenchurch Street station. On the c2c route, Limehouse is between Fenchurch Street and West Ham stations. On the Docklands Light Railway, Limehouse is between Shadwell and Westferry stations.

History[change | change source]

The station was opened on 3 August 1840 as part of the London and Blackwall Railway. The area used to be known as Ratcliffe, whilst the station has been previously known as Stepney, Stepney Junction and later Stepney East station. Another station some distance to the east on the London and Blackwall Railway, open between 1840 and 1926, had previously been called Limehouse.

Limehouse station today[change | change source]

The current Limehouse station is to the west of Limehouse Basin, a marina and residential complex, and the Regent's Canal. Nearby is the north end of the Rotherhithe Tunnel, and the western end of the Limehouse Link tunnel. The station holds Secure Stations Scheme accreditation.

According to train operators c2c, "Limehouse is a bustling commuter station in the rush hour with passengers changing onto the Docklands Light Railway. At quieter times of day, it's an ideal stop-off point for Limehouse Basin and Thames-side walks through London's Docklands".[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2017. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  3. "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  4. "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  5. "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
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  1. London and Blackwall Extension Railway

Other websites[change | change source]

Preceding station   DLR roundel (no text).svg DLR   Following station
towards Bank or Tower Gateway
Docklands Light Railway
National Rail
Fenchurch Street   c2c
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
  West Ham