Blackhorse Road station

Blackhorse Road is a joint London Overground and London Underground station, located at the junction of Blackhorse Road/Blackhorse Lane with Forest Road in the Walthamstow neighbourhood of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, London, England. It is on the Victoria line of the London Underground and is the penultimate station on the eastern end of that line. Above ground, the station is on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line of the London Overground, 7 miles 21 chains (11.7 km) from St Pancras (measured via Kentish Town and Mortimer Street Junction).[5]

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Class 172 Turbostar at the station in 2012
Blackhorse Road is located in Greater London
Blackhorse Road
Blackhorse Road
Location of Blackhorse Road in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Waltham Forest
Managed byLondon Underground
OwnerLondon Underground
Network Rail
Station codeBHO
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
AccessibleYes (London Overground only)[1]
Fare zone3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2014Increase 8.63 million[2]
2015Decrease 8.36 million[2]
2016Increase 8.45 million[2]
2017Increase 9.00 million[2]
2018Increase 9.01 million[3]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 1.102 million[4]
2015–16Increase 2.014 million[4]
2016–17Decrease 0.774 million[4]
2017–18Increase 1.428 million[4]
2018–19Increase 2.014 million[4]
Key dates
1894National Rail opened
1968Victoria line started
1981BR station resited
Other information
External links
WGS8451°35′13″N 0°02′29″W / 51.586944°N 0.041389°W / 51.586944; -0.041389Coordinates: 51°35′13″N 0°02′29″W / 51.586944°N 0.041389°W / 51.586944; -0.041389
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

It is in Travelcard Zone 3[6] and is the least-used station on the Victoria line, with 6.44 million passengers per year. It is the closest railway station to Walthamstow Wetlands.

Ticket barriers control access to all platforms. Passengers using Oyster cards are required to tap on an interchange Oyster card reader when transferring between the two lines.


The station was opened by the Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway on 9 July 1894,[7] and was originally situated east of Blackhorse Road.[8] Its opening changed the local area from a gentrified London suburb to industrial, with several works and units opening around Ferry Lane to the northwest.[9]

The Victoria line station opened on 1 September 1968.[7] It was the only station on the line with any new structures above ground level.[10] The station was re-sited by British Rail on 14 December 1981, to provide better interchange with the Underground station.[11]

The station todayEdit


The station contains two underground platforms for the Victoria line and two for the London Overground. Owing to budget restraints at the time of construction, the Underground station, like many stations on the Victoria line, was never completely finished to the standard of other lines.[citation needed] White ceiling panels were never fixed to the ceilings above the platforms; instead the steel tunnel segments were painted black and used to support the fixtures and fittings. This has had a detrimental effect on the lighting levels.


The black horse tile motif at the tube station.

There are two distinct works of art at the station, both depicting black horses, in reference to the station's name. One is in the form of a tile motif depicting a black horse on a white cameo against a light blue background, identical to the Victoria line's colour. It was designed by Hans Unger, who also did the tile motif at Seven Sisters tube station. The other is a mural of a black horse outside the station's entrance, by David McFall.[12]


During peak periods, trains run approximately every two minutes on the Victoria line (up to 33 trains per hour) in both directions.[13][14]

The typical off-peak service for London Overground in trains per hour (tph) is:

  • 4 tph westbound to Gospel Oak[15]
  • 4 tph eastbound to Barking[15]

From June 2016 until February 2017, services on the route were suspended whilst it was electrified; this project involved lowering track in several places, rebuilding bridges and lengthening platforms as well as installing overhead wires.[16] A replacement bus service was in operation for the duration of the closure period.


London Bus routes 123, 158, 230, W11 and night route N73 serve the station.[17]


  1. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007-2017)" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  5. ^ Padgett, David (October 2016) [1988]. Brailsford, Martyn (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (4th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 1B. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  6. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 36.
  8. ^ OS London 1:1,056 - Sheet III.39 (Map). 1895. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  9. ^ 'Walthamstow: Introduction and domestic buildings', in A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6, ed. W R Powell (London, 1973), pp. 240-250. British History Online [accessed 18 June 2019].
  10. ^ ""The Railway in a Bathroom": on the design of London's Victoria line at 50 | CityMetric".
  11. ^ The Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.Connor and B.Halford ISBN 0 947699 17 1
  12. ^ Porter, Laura. "Blackhorse Road". GoLondon. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Victoria line timetable: From Blackhorse Road Underground Station to Walthamstow Central Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Victoria line timetable: From Blackhorse Road Underground Station to Tottenham Hale Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  15. ^ a b "London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking timetable" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Eight-month closure planned for GOBLIN electrification"Global Rail News article 2 February 2016; Retrieved 7 June 2016
  17. ^ "Buses from Blackhorse Road" (PDF). 20 October 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2015.

Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.

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