Canonbury railway station

Canonbury railway station serves the districts of Canonbury and Highbury within the London Borough of Islington in north London. It is on London Overground's North London line and East London line. The station and all trains serving it are operated by London Overground, and the station is in Travelcard Zone 2. This location of the station is close to the boundary with the London Borough of Hackney.

Canonbury London Overground
Canonbury railway station
Canonbury is located in Greater London
Location of Canonbury in Greater London
Local authorityIslington
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station code(s)CNN
DfT categoryF1
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 3.085 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.473 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 2.886 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.490 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 0.913 million[2]
– interchange Decrease 0.192 million[2]
2021–22Increase 1.950 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.390 million[2]
2022–23Increase 2.350 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.842 million[2]
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Coordinates51°32′54″N 0°05′33″W / 51.5482°N 0.0925°W / 51.5482; -0.0925
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The station was originally named "Newington Road and Balls Pond Road" when opened in 1858 by the North London Railway, and was sited east of the present station on the east side of Newington Green Road. The station was renamed "Canonbury" in July 1870 and then resited to its present location, the west side of Douglas Road (now Wallace Road), in December of the same year. The Victorian main building was demolished in 1969, although the building was fully intact.[3][4][5]

In 2007, the ticket office was extensively refurbished, as part of the station upgrade programme delivered through conversion to London Overground. On 1 June 2010, as a result of the East London Line extension, North London line services were rerouted to the newly constructed platforms 3 and 4, with the East London line trains now using refurbished platforms 1 and 2.

To the west of the station is the Canonbury curve, a freight-only connection through the Canonbury tunnel to the East Coast Main Line at Finsbury Park which had opened in 1874. A passenger service operated to/from Broad Street from 1875 until 1976 when suburban services from the main line were diverted to Moorgate via the newly built surface connection between Finsbury Park and Drayton Park.[6]

Between 14 May 1979 and 11 May 1985 the station was served by the Crosstown Linkline diesel multiple unit service between Camden Road and North Woolwich.

The North London Line between Gospel Oak and Stratford closed in February 2010, for installing a new signalling system and for extending 30 platforms, in order in due course to allow four-car trains to run on the London Overground network. After reopening on 1 June 2010, the work continued until May 2011 with a reduced service operating Mondays to Saturdays and no service at all on Sundays.[7]

During the NLL closure of February–May 2010, the through route was moved to the north side of the cutting, and two adjacent brand new platforms provided, an island platform replacing the former eastbound platform. This allowed the extended ELL to serve Canonbury (and Highbury & Islington) on a pair of completely segregated tracks occupying the former route on the south side of the cutting.

Since the northern extension of the East London Line, which was completed and opened in March 2011, Canonbury station has had four platforms, giving interchange between the London Overground East London line (ELL) and North London line (NLL) with step-free access to all platforms and peak service frequencies of 12 trains per hour in each direction.



All times below are correct as of the May 2011 timetables.

North London Line


Mondays to Fridays there is a service approximately every 7–8 minutes. On Saturdays the service is approximately every 10 minutes. Services have resumed on Sundays and are similar to those on Saturdays. Details of these services are below: The times below are the typical weekday service at the station in trains per hour:

  • 4 westbound to Richmond via Camden Road and Willesden Junction.
  • 4 westbound to Clapham Junction also via Camden Road and Willesden Junction (no late evening service)
  • 8 eastbound to Stratford via Hackney.[8]

East London Line


Mondays to Saturdays there is a service every 6–9 minutes throughout the day, while on Sundays before 13:00 there is a service every 15 minutes, changing to every 7–8 minutes until the end of service after that. Details of these services are below:

The times below are the typical weekday service at the station in trains per hour:

Direct services to/from Clapham Junction run on Sundays only (change at Dalston Junction at other times)[9]

Services run through the night on Friday and Saturday.

Preceding station     London Overground Following station
Highbury & Islington North London line Dalston Kingsland
towards Stratford
Highbury & Islington
East London line Dalston Junction
Disused Railways
Highbury & Islington   North London Railway
  Mildmay Park



London Buses route 236 serves the station.[10]


  1. ^ "National Rail Enquiries: Canonbury (CNN)". National Rail. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Disused Stations: Hackney Station (1st)". Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  4. ^ Joe Brown (2006). London Railway Atlas. Ian Allan Publishing.
  5. ^ Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith (1997). North London Line. Middleton Press.
  6. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  7. ^ "London Overground to close from Gospel Oak to Stratford as part of £326m upgrade to deliver longer, more frequent trains". TfL. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  8. ^ Table 59 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  9. ^ Table 178 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  10. ^ "Canonbury Station". TfL. Retrieved 17 May 2020.