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Stratford station

Coordinates: 51°32′32″N 0°00′12″W / 51.54222°N 0.00333°W / 51.54222; -0.00333
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Stratford (London) Disabled access
A Class 378 London Overground train approaching Stratford station.
Local authorityLondon Borough of Newham
Managed byTfL Rail London Underground
Station codeSRA
Number of platforms15
Fare zone3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2007Increase 25.627 million[1]
2008Increase 27.230 million[1]
2009Decrease 26.990 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–057.914 million[2]
2005–067.699 million[2]
2006–0713.089 million[2]
2007–0811.273 million[2]
2008–09Decrease 12.330 million[2]
– interchange1.143 million[2]
2009–10Increase 12.370 million[2]
– interchange1.383 million[2]
2010–11Increase 17.479 million[2]
– interchange1.659 million[2]
2011–12Increase 21.797 million[2]
Key dates
Opened by ECR
Central line started
DLR started
Jubilee line started
Overground Platforms Open
Other information
External links
Stratford railway stations
Stratford International:
HL  GEML (TfL Rail)
HL  DLR to Lewisham
Stratford High Street

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, TfL Rail 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.


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Goods facilities

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There were three primary goods facilities in the Stratford area in the steam age, although the nearby Stratford Works and engine shed generated their own traffic. A short distance to the north of Stratford station (on the line to Cambridge) there were marshalling yards at Temple Mills. There was a small goods yard north of the station on the east side of the line which occupied a constrained site. The mainstay of traffic was domestic coal although shortly before closure in the 1960s the site was used as a reception point for concrete components for the building of tower blocks in Newham.[3]

There was a small depot at Carpenters Road about a quarter of a mile south of Stratford station. Opened in 1900, the depot consisted of four long sidings and primarily dealt with coal and building materials. It was closed on 7 December 1964.[4]

There was a large depot at Stratford Market railway station. All of these three facilities were operated by the Great Eastern Railway up until 1923 before being taken over by the London & North Eastern Railway until nationalisation in 1948 when they became part of British Railways Eastern Region.

There was also a goods terminal at Bow operated by the Midland Railway which is still open today mostly for building materials. This yard operated as the terminal for building materials for the adjacent Olympics site.[5]

Between Stratford and Maryland stations Windmill Lane cattle pens existed on the down side of the line whilst four private sidings belonging to Young & Martens were located on the up side.

During the 1960s part of the Stratford Works site was converted to the London International Freight Terminal (LIFT) which opened in 1967 and there was a freight liner terminal that operated on the far side of the Stratford railway complex (on the Channelsea Loop line) between 1967 and 1994. The former site is now occupied by the international station and shopping centre.[6][7]

Stratford International

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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, directly to Ebbsfleet International[8] and Ashford in Kent. The Docklands Light Railway 'Stratford International' extension has provided a link between the two stations since 31 August 2011.[9] There is also a walking route between the two stations passing through the newly built Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre.

Despite Stratford International's name, no international trains call there, and Eurostar (currently the only international operator) has no plans to do so. Passengers instead interconnect on high-speed trains travelling to either London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet in Kent, there are a number of other potential operators that may use the station for international services. These include Deutsche Bahn's proposed London-Frankfurt/Amsterdam service[10] and the proposed "Transmanche Metro" service to Calais via local stations.[11]

Stratford City

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In preparation for the Olympics and the Stratford City development, a new north-facing exit and ticket hall has been built. Both existing passenger subways have been 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, has been reopened and refurbished to allow interchange between platforms 3–12 and the new high-level platforms 1 & 2.[12] A new pedestrian bridge has also been built to connect Stratford shopping centre with the Stratford City development. This also connects the mezzanine-level ticket hall with the northern one. The northern ticket hall and the footbridge opened along with Westfield Stratford City on 13 September 2011.

Bus stations

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Stratford bus station on the right

Stratford bus station is to the south of the station and Stratford City bus station is to the north. Both are served by bus services right across London and to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "infobox_stats_ref_tube_2007" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. Watling, John (July 1984). "London Goods stations of the Great Eastern Railway Part 1". Great Eastern Journal (39): 12,13.
  4. Watling, John (July 1984). "London Goods stations of the Great Eastern Railway Part 1". Great Eastern Journal (39): 13.
  5. "Bow Midland Yard". London Reconnections. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  6. Brennand, D (2011). London's East End Railways. Nottingham UK: Booklaw publications. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-907094-74-3.
  7. Shannon, Paul (23 December 2015 – 5 January 2016). "Freightliner's 50 years". Rail. 790: 72.
  8. "Ebbsfleet interconnecting station for international trains". Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  9. "Docklands Light Railway extension marks one year to go to the London 2012 Paralympic Games". Retrieved 31 August 2011.[dead link]
  10. Jameson, Angela (10 March 2010). "Deutsche Bahn may run London to Frankfurt service". The Times. London. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  11. "Commuter trains from Calais to Kent 'could be running before 2012 Olympics', claims French mayor". Daily Mail. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  12. "Stratford Station Upgrade: Proposed Subway Level Layout" (PDF). TfL. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2009.

Other websites

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Media related to Stratford station at Wikimedia Commons

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