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Rotherhithe railway station

Rotherhithe station, January 2012
Rotherhithe is located in Greater London
Location of Rotherhithe in Greater London
Location Rotherhithe
Local authority London Borough of Southwark
Managed by London Overground
Owner Transport for London
Station code ROE
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2006 1.309 million[1]
2007 1.294 million[2]
2008 0 (closed) million[2]
2009 0 (closed) million[2]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 0.687 million[3]
2011–12 0.979 million[3]
2012–13 1.048 million[3]
Key dates
7 December 1869 Opened
22 December 2007 Closed
27 April 2010 [4] Reopened
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Rotherhithe railway station is a railway station on the south bank of the river Thames at Rotherhithe, London, England. It is on London Overground's East London Line, between Wapping and Canada Water, and is in Zone 2.[5] The station re-opened for a preview service on 27 April 2010 to New Cross / New Cross Gate and 23 May 2010 for full service to New Cross / West Croydon / Crystal Palace.[6] On 9 December 2012, the line was extended to serve Clapham Junction via Peckham Rye.[7]


  • History 1
    • London Overground 1.1
  • Layout 2
  • Services 3
    • London Overground 3.1
      • East London Line 3.1.1
  • Connections 4
  • References 5


The station was originally opened on 7 December 1869,[8] when the first section of the East London Railway was opened. On 1 October 1884, the Metropolitan and District Railways began running services along the East London Railway, which called at Rotherhithe. It was served by electric passenger trains from 31 March 1913, when the line was electrified. Steam-hauled goods trains from Liverpool Street station continued to pass through until April 1966.

The original station entrance was located in Albion Street, which meant that access to platforms was at the opposite end of the platforms from the present access.

Decorative vitreous enamel panels were added to the platforms. The station was then closed between 1995 and 1998 due to repair work on the Thames Tunnel and from 22 December 2007 to 27 April 2010 for the extension of the East London Line.

The present surface building is located a short distance to the south of the original entrance shaft to the Thames Tunnel. It was extensively remodelled between March 1995 and March 1998, in conjunction with the renovation of the East London Line. The building was heavily refurbished for the re-opening of the ELL, with the entrance being enlarged by replacing two of the windows with arches.[9]

London Overground

The station's future was in doubt for a while after the announcement of the East London Line extension, as Rotherhithe's platforms can only take four-car trains and cannot be lengthened. Thus it was initially thought that Rotherhithe station might have to close when the line was extended. However, on 16 August 2004 the Mayor of London announced that the station would remain open.[10]


Rotherhithe station has two platforms (northbound and southbound) and is accessed by two escalators (one up, one down) and a flight of stairs to a landing, then stairs only to platform level.[11]

There are ticket barriers in the ticket office controlling access to the platforms.

The station platforms are situated close to the southern end of the 1843 Thames Tunnel built by the Brunels, and some of the tunnel's original brickwork can be seen from the north end of the platforms. A better view of the Thames Tunnel portals can be seen from the platforms at Wapping railway station on the opposite side of the river.

Platform view looking south, showing low angled Rotherhithe Tunnel approach ramp (painted blue) crossing over lines

At the southern end of the Rotherhithe station platforms, the approach ramp for the 1908 Rotherhithe Tunnel passes above the railway on a low and angled road bridge which is highly unusual for being located below water level. The bridge structure is easily visible (pictured, left) and is currently painted blue. The Rotherhithe Tunnel portal is also visible when looking up from the southern end of the northbound platform.


London Overground East London Line
Highbury & Islington   
Dalston Junction
Kingsland Viaduct
Kingsland Viaduct
Shoreditch High Street
Thames Tunnel
under River Thames
Canada Water
Surrey Quays
Queens Road Peckham
New Cross
Peckham Rye
New Cross Gate
Denmark Hill
Clapham High Street
Honor Oak Park
Wandsworth Road
Forest Hill
Clapham Junction
Crystal Palace
Penge West
Norwood Junction
West Croydon

All times below are correct as of the December 2010 timetables.

London Overground

East London Line

Mondays to Saturdays there is a service every 5–10 minutes throughout the day, while on Sundays before 13:00 there is a service every 5–9 minutes, changing to every 7–8 minutes until the end of service after that.[12] Current off peak frequency is:


London Buses routes 381 and C10 and night route N381 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2006". London Underground performance update.  
  2. ^ a b c "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  3. ^ a b c "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics.   Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  4. ^ BBC London:The new East London Line opens to the public Accessed 27 April 2010
  5. ^
  6. ^ "'"Mayor accused of railway 'stunt. BBC News. 14 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "London Overground Clapham Junction to Surrey Quays". TfL. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 200.  
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