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Bethnal Green is a London Overground station on the Lea Valley lines in Bethnal Green, and is close to Whitechapel in East London. The station is 1 mile 10 chains (1.8 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street; the next station is either Hackney Downs (on the Chingford branch) or Cambridge Heath (on the route to Cheshunt and Enfield Town). Its three-letter station code is BET and it is in Travelcard zone 2.

Bethnal Green London Overground
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The station entrance in 2008
Bethnal Green is located in Greater London
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
Location of Bethnal Green in Greater London
LocationBethnal Green
Local authorityLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeBET
DfT categoryF1
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 0.815 million[1]
2014–15Increase 0.904 million[1]
2015–16Increase 1.062 million[1]
2016–17Increase 1.256 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 1.248 million[1]
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WGS8451°31′23″N 0°03′32″W / 51.523°N 0.059°W / 51.523; -0.059Coordinates: 51°31′23″N 0°03′32″W / 51.523°N 0.059°W / 51.523; -0.059
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The station was opened in 1872 and was formerly called Bethnal Green Junction until 1946;[2] it was also formerly served by trains on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML) via Stratford. The station is situated on Three Colts Lane and is within walking distance to Bethnal Green Road via Wilmot Street. It is some distance from the other Bethnal Green station on the London Underground's Central line.


In 1872 the Great Eastern Railway opened a new branch from Liverpool Street to Hackney Downs; to serve this line a new junction was built to the west of Cambridge Heath Road. Bethnal Green Junction station was constructed immediately to the west. It replaced a nearby station called Mile End (not to be confused with the current Underground station of the same name) which was located on the eastern side of Cambridge Heath Road. The new station served both of the Great Eastern Railway's routes and had four platforms.

In 1946 trains on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML) between Liverpool Street and Stratford ceased calling at Bethnal Green and two platforms were closed, though the remains of the eastbound platform are still in situ and visible from the GEML. The London-bound platform was demolished and the tracks rearranged, coinciding with the swapping of services from the former "fast" tracks onto the former "slow" tracks, resulting in the arrangement utilised today.

The station and all services that call were previously operated by Abellio Greater Anglia as part of the East Anglia franchise. In 2015 it transferred to London Overground and now appears on the tube map.[3][4]


Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 4 September 1953, a passenger train derailed when a set of points moved under it.[6]
  • On 17 June 1962, a southbound passenger train was derailed due to a track fault. Seventeen passengers were injured.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
  3. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  4. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
  5. ^ Table 20 & 21 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  6. ^ Hoole, Ken (1982). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 3. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 39. ISBN 0-906899-05-2.
  7. ^ "Accident at Bethnal Green on 17th June 1962" The Railways Archive accident report 21 December 1962; Retrieved 12 May 2017

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Enfield & Cheshunt Line
Chingford Line
towards Chingford
  Historical railways  
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  Great Eastern Railway
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  Globe Road
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