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Old Street station

Old Street
Station entrance
Old Street is located in Central London
Old Street
Location of Old Street in Central London
Location Old Street
Local authority Islington
Managed by London Underground
Station code OLD
DfT category E
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 1
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 21.04 million[1]
2012 21.88 million[1]
2013 21.86 million[1]
2014 23.28 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2009–10 1.327 million[2]
2010–11 1.435 million[2]
2011–12 1.337 million[2]
2012–13 1.396 million[2]
Key dates
1901 Opened (C&SLR)
1904 Opened (GN&CR)
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
  • Departures
  • Layout
  • Facilities
  • Buses
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Old Street station is a central London National Rail and London Underground station located at the junction of Old Street and City Road just north of the City of London. It lies close to the border between the boroughs of Islington and Hackney. The station is in Travelcard Zone 1.

The station is on the Essex Road stations on National Rail's Northern City Line, operated by Great Northern. Although a through station on this route, for ticketing purposes it is considered a central London railway terminus.[3]

At the surface, the station is situated under the eastern edge of the busy Old Street roundabout, where Old Street crosses City Road. There is no ground-level station building, access being by ramps and stairs to a modern station entrance which is adjacent to a small shopping parade beneath the roundabout. The original ground-level buildings were removed when the roundabout was constructed. The station has toilets, but they are not open late into the evening. On the Northern line between Old Street and Angel stations is the disused tube station City Road.

There are no National Rail trains on weekends or after 10pm. Trains at these times run to/from London King's Cross instead of Moorgate.


  • History 1
  • Connections 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The station was originally opened in November 1901 by the first deep-level tube railway, the BR route, with through services to Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. During the 1920s the station was rebuilt when escalators (1 & 2) replaced the lift shaft in accessing the platform tunnels. Between 1967 and 1969 the station was once again modified; the surface building was replaced with the current sub-surface structure situated in the centre of the roundabout and an additional escalator shaft (3) was added. During the 1990s the effects of corrosion caused by excessive soil acidity[4] required a section of the cast iron running tunnel lining in the Northern line, south of Old Street, to be relined with stainless steel tunnel segments.[5] In 2014 the station underwent a redevelopment program around the entrance with a number of pop-up retail space provided as part of a drive to increase its revenue.[6]


London Buses routes 21, 43, 55, 76, 135, 141, 205, 214, 243 and 271, night routes N35, N55, N76 and N205 and non-TFL route 812 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  2. ^ a b c d "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics.   Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Section A" (PDF). National Fares Manual 98.  
  4. ^ Rainey, T.P. and Rosenbaum, M.S., 1989. The adverse influence of geology and groundwater on the behaviour of London Underground railway tunnels near Old Street station. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 100, 123–134, ISSN 0016 7878.
  5. ^ Northern Line tunnel reconstruction at Old Street; authors: N. Burgess; J. Fagents; J. Paterson: Proceedings of the ICE - Transport, Volume 153, Issue 1, 1 February 2002, pages 1 –11, ISSN: 0965-092X.
  6. ^

External links

  • Train times for Old Street station from National Rail
  • London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
    • Original Old Street station building
    • Redesigned station building in 1929
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
Northern line
Bank branch
towards Morden (via Bank)
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Great Northern
Northern City Line
London Moorgate
  Former Service  
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towards Euston
Northern line
towards Kennington
towards Finsbury Park
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Northern City branch
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