Stratford station

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Stratford (London) Handicapped/disabled access
Location Stratford
Local authority London Borough of Newham
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Station code SRA
Number of platforms 15
London Underground annual entry and exit
2007 Increase 25.627 million[1]
2008 Increase 27.230 million[2]
2009 Decrease 26.990 million[3]
2010 Increase 29.82 million[4]
2011 Increase 48.57 million[5]
2012 Increase 50.96 million[5]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 7.914 million[6]
2005–06 7.699 million[6]
2006–07 13.089 million[6]
2007–08 11.273 million[6]
2008–09 Decrease 12.330 million[6]
— interchange 1.143 million[6]
2009–10 Increase 12.370 million[6]
— interchange 1.383 million[6]
2010–11 Increase 17.479 million[6]
— interchange 1.659 million[6]
2011–12 Increase 21.797 million[6]
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Stratford station is a railway station in Stratford, Newham, East London.

It is on National Rail, London Underground, London Overground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lines. It is served by the Underground Central and Jubilee lines, and by London Overground, Abellio Greater Anglia and c2c. It is in Travelcard Zone 3.

To distinguish the station from Stratford-upon-Avon this station is called Stratford (London) by National Rail, and is sometimes referred to as Stratford Regional to distinguish it from Stratford International station 400 yards (370 m) away.

Layout[change | change source]

Stratford stations
Stratford International
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High Speed 1
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High Speed 1
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Stratford Regional (high level)
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North London Line
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Lea Valley Lines
Great Eastern Main Line
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Great Eastern Main Line
Central Line
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Central Line
DLR via Poplar
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Stratford Regional (low level)
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Jubilee Line
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Stratford High Street
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DLR via Canning Town

Low level platforms[change | change source]

These platforms are at ground level and run north-south. Platforms 2 and 13-15 are served by a footbridge (with lifts and escalators) from the main station entrance. Platform 1 joins directly onto the main station concourse.

  • Old platforms 1 & 2 (not in use): 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 only heading west, 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 closed and the North London Line service has been moved to new platforms, also numbered 1 and 2, which are on the High level platforms and have step-free access. The old platforms are being converted for use by the DLR.[7]
  • Platforms 13–15: built in the late 1990s to serve the Jubilee line when it was extended here in 1999. Unlike platforms 1 and 2, which are through platforms, all three Jubilee line platforms are bay platforms.[8] 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.

High level platforms[change | change source]

These platforms are above the Low Level station and run at right angles, 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 between Spring 2009 and Winter 2010 the subway should reopen.

  • 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 upcoming Stratford International service (due open 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.[7] The platforms can accommodate trains with up to 6 carriages, 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.[9] Note: During planning of these new platforms they were shown on plans as 12a and 12b.
  • Platforms 3 & 6: used by Central line trains, which rise from their tunnels into the open air here and immediately descend back underground afterwards. This provides easy cross-platform interchange with National Rail services operating from platforms 5 and 8 respectively (see below). Also During mid 2010 and late 2011 platform 3a which has access to mezzanine level.
  • Platforms 4 & 7 (abandoned): when the main line was electrified in the 1940s, there was an intention to run a shuttle service from London 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) and they were never used for their intended purpose. In the 1980s platform 4 was utilised 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 Greater Anglia services on the slow lines out of London Liverpool Street station. These are mostly the 'metro' services to Shenfield, but they are also used by off-peak and rush hour trains to Southend Victoria. Two late evening c2c trains pass through the station each weekday on the way from Liverpool Street to Barking and five services to Liverpool Street, two from Barking and one from Grays, Southend Central and Stanford-le-Hope. 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 Greater Anglia services on the fast lines out of London Liverpool Street station towards Norwich and destinations served by branches off the Great Eastern Main Line, e.g. Clacton, 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 platforms have been used for Greater Anglia services to Broxbourne and Bishop's Stortford. There is a half-hourly service in the peak hours, hourly off-peak and at weekends.
Passengers interchange between the Central Line and National Express East Anglia train service
Jubilee line platforms 13 to 15, opened in 1999
Collage of the different platform signage presently to be found at Stratford station in London. From top left clockwise: London Overground; Docklands Light Railway; London Underground Jubilee line; and signage on both National Express East Anglia and London Underground Central line.

Service patterns[change | change source]

All times refer to off-peak services.

Greater Anglia[change | change source]

London Overground[change | change source]

c2c[change | change source]

All services to Liverpool Street (Monday to Friday limited services)

  • 1 train from Stanford-le-Hope
  • 1 shuttle service from Barking
  • 1 train from Southend Central
  • 1 train from Grays
  • 1 shuttle service from Barking

All services from Liverpool Street (Monday to Friday limited services)

  • shuttle service to Barking

London Underground[change | change source]

Two tube lines serve Stratford.

Both run a frequent service throughout the day.

Docklands Light Railway[change | change source]

New DLR platforms 4a and 4b at Stratford, opened in 2007
  • 6tph terminate
  • 6tph to terminus as described below:
    • Operates full route to Lewisham
    • Operates to Crossharbour
    • Operates to Canary Wharf
    • Operates to All Saints only for some services

Electrification[change | change source]

All lines at Stratford are electrified. Unusually, there are four different systems of electrification in use, a record for any station in London. These are:

Future[change | change source]

The nearby Stratford International station will open on 13 December 2009 when Southeastern begins its domestic high-speed service between St Pancras and Kent. In mid-2010 an extension of the Docklands Light Railway over part of the North London Line will link the two stations using platforms 1 and 2, after the North London Line is rerouted to two new platforms (high-level 1 & 2) located to the north of the existing platform 12.[10] The existing subway links which connect the ticket hall to the Central Line and Great Eastern platforms will be extended northwards to the new North London Line platforms. The platforms were originally scheduled to open in January 2009, but this has been delayed.[11] The platforms were opened on 14 April 2009.[source?]

There are also plans to build an additional westbound Central Line platform, numbered 3A, to allow passengers to leave the train on both sides and thus reduce dwell times for trains serving central London at peak hours. This will be connected to the existing infrastructure built for the Jubilee Line Extension, at the mezzanine level. Along with this new platform there are plans to build a new ticket hall at the eastern end of the mezzanine. This will relieve congestion at the existing ticket hall.[12]

In preparation for the Olympics and the Stratford City development, a new north-facing exit and ticket hall will be constructed. Both existing passenger subways will be extended north to connect with the ticket hall, and the abandoned subway at the eastern end of the station, which formed part of the old station complex, will be reopened and refurbished to allow interchange between platforms 3 through to new high-level 1 & 2.[13] A new pedestrian bridge may also be built to connect Stratford shopping centre with the Stratford City development. This pedestrian link will also connect the mezzanine level ticket hall with the northern ticket hall.

The National Express East Anglia service north to Tottenham Hale may see a re-opened station at Lea Bridge. This is not likely to take place until after the 2012 Olympics.

There are plans to extend the Jubilee line north of Stratford along the route of the Lea Valley Lines to Chingford in Waltham Forest.

The station will also become a major interchange for Crossrail services which are due to commence in 2018.

A 360° view, taken in October 2005, of the canopy structure which houses the new ticket hall. The high-level station is through the windows in the centre and the low-level station is on the right.

The same view in August 2008. Note the new DLR platforms on the left of the picture and the additional westbound Central Line platform under construction through the windows in the left-centre.

Current services[change | change source]

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line Terminus
Docklands Light Railway DLR
towards Lewisham
Docklands Light Railway Terminus
London Overground National Rail London Overground
towards Richmond
North London Line Terminus
National Rail
London Liverpool Street   Greater Anglia
  Chelmsford or Colchester
London Liverpool Street   Greater Anglia
Great Eastern Main Line
  Shenfield or Romford
London Liverpool Street   Greater Anglia
  Shenfield or Ingatestone
  Greater Anglia
London-Southend and Southminster
  Shenfield or Romford
Terminus   Greater Anglia
Lea Valley Lines
  Tottenham Hale
London Liverpool Street   Greater Anglia
Shenfield Metro
London Liverpool Street   c2c
Liverpool Street - Barking
London Liverpool Street   Dutchflyer

Future services[change | change source]

Preceding station   Docklands Light Railway DLR   Following station
Docklands Light Railway
toward Shenfield

Transport links[change | change source]

Stratford Station also has its own bus station completed in the late 1990s. The following London Buses routes 25, 69, 86, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, 474, 678, S2, N8, N86 and coach route A9 (to Stansted Airport) serve the station.

Former services[change | change source]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Coborn Road   Great Eastern Railway
Great Eastern Main Line
  Great Eastern Railway
Lea Valley Lines
  Lea Bridge
  Great Eastern Railway
Ongar Line
Bow Road   Great Eastern Railway
Fenchurch Street shuttle
Hackney Wick   Silverlink
North London Line
  West Ham

References[change | change source]

  1. "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2007". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  2. "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2008". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  3. "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2009". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  4. "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2010". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 "Station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  7. 7.0 7.1 London Overground: Statford Platform Changes (Information leaflet, TfL April 2009)
  8. "Stratford Station". Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  9. London Overground: Statford Platform Changes (Information leaflet, TfL Janauary 2009)
  10. "Stratford Station Upgrade: Proposed Platform Level Layout". TfL. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  11. "Overground Platform Move Delayed At Stratford". 28 December 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  12. "Stratford station is given £104m". BBC News. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  13. "Stratford Station Upgrade: Proposed Subway Level Layout". TfL. Retrieved 11 February 2009.

Other websites[change | change source]

Coordinates: 51°32′32″N 0°00′12″W / 51.54222°N 0.00333°W / 51.54222; -0.00333