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East Ham is a London Underground station on High Street North in the East Ham neighbourhood of the London Borough of Newham in east London, England. The station is on the District line and Hammersmith & City line. The station was opened in 1858 by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway on a new more direct route from Fenchurch Street to Barking. The large Edwardian station building was constructed to accommodate the electric District Railway services on an additional set of tracks opened in 1905. It has high and growing usage for a suburban station with 13.1 million entries and exits in 2010. It is in London fares zones 3 and 4.

East Ham London Underground
East ham tube station london.jpg
Entrance to High Street North
East Ham is located in Greater London
East Ham
East Ham
Location of East Ham in Greater London
LocationEast Ham
Local authorityLondon Borough of Newham
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3 and 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013Increase 13.58 million[2]
2014Increase 14.82 million[2]
2015Increase 15.09 million[2]
2016Decrease 14.75 million[2]
2017Decrease 14.70 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon, Tilbury and Southend Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1902District line started
1936Metropolitan line started
1948Ownership transferred to British Railways
1962London–Southend withdrawn
1969Ownership transferred to London Transport
1988Metropolitan line renamed Hammersmith & City line
Listed status
Listing gradeII
Entry number1245066[3]
Added to list20 January 1999
Other information
External links
WGS8451°32′20″N 0°03′06″E / 51.539°N 0.0516°E / 51.539; 0.0516Coordinates: 51°32′20″N 0°03′06″E / 51.539°N 0.0516°E / 51.539; 0.0516
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal


The London, Tilbury and Southend Railway (LT&SR) direct line from Bow to Barking was constructed east to west through the middle of the Parish of East Ham in 1858. Prior to the building of the line trains took a longer route via Stratford and Forest Gate to the north. The new line initially also had stations at Bromley and Plaistow, with Upton Park added as the next station to the west of East Ham in 1877. District line, then known as the District Railway, service began in 1902.[4] The District line was electrified in 1905 over a second pair of tracks, and the service was cut back from Upminster to East Ham; the station then served as the eastern terminus, where passengers transferred to steam trains, until 1908 when electrification was extended to Barking. In 1936 the Metropolitan line service was introduced. In 1990 the station, along with other stations beyond Aldgate East, was transferred to the new Hammersmith & City line.[4] A short spur line to Woodgrange Park was opened in 1894 and was closed in 1958.[5]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 12 November 1959, a passenger train overran signals and was in a rear-end collision with another standing at the station. Thirteen people were injured.[6]
  • On 14 February 1990, an empty stock train formed of a Class 305 and a Class 308 electric multiple unit was derailed.[7]


The station has two platforms, one for each direction. Much of the original Victorian station architecture has been retained and some restoration work was carried out during 2005. The disused platforms of the Fenchurch Street to Southend services, withdrawn in 1962, are to the south of the current platforms. A disused bay platform on the northern side of the station, closed in 1958, connected to the Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway (now the Gospel Oak to Barking line) via a curve.[8]


The service frequency is 15 services per hour on the District line and 6 services per hour on the Hammersmith & City line.


London Buses routes 101, 104, 147, 238, 300, 325, 376 and 474 serve the station.



  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. March 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1245066)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b Rose, D., The London Underground: A diagrammatic history, (1999)
  5. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley page 20
  6. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1993). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 8. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 32. ISBN 0-906899-52-4.
  7. ^ McCrickard, John P (6 October 2016). "January 1990 to December 1990". Network South East Railway Society. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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