Rotherhithe tube station

Coordinates: 51°30′03″N 0°03′08″W / 51.5008°N 0.0522°W / 51.5008; -0.0522

Rotherhithe railway station is a railway station in Rotherhithe, London, England. It is on London Overground's East London Line, between Wapping and Canada Water, and is in Zone 2. 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.

At the southern end of the station, the approach ramp for the Rotherhithe Tunnel passes above the railway on a bridge, making this road bridge highly unusual for being located below water level. The structure is visible in the picture below, and is currently painted blue. The tunnel portal is visible when looking up from the southern end of the northbound platform.


The station was originally opened on 7 December 1869, when the first section of the East London Railway was opened. On 1 October 1884, the Metropolitan and Metropolitan 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 would be at the opposite end of the platforms compared to now.

The station was 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.

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 will remain open.


The 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. It is situated close to the southern end of the Thames Tunnel, built by the Brunels, and some of the original brickwork can be seen from the north end of the platforms.


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

London Overground

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. Current off peak frequency is:

  • 8 Northbound to Highbury & Islington
  • 4 Northbound to Dalston Junction
  • 4 Southbound to West Croydon
  • 4 Southbound to Crystal Palace
  • 4 Southbound to New Cross

From 2012, 4 additional trains per hour will go to Clapham Junction via Peckham Rye on the new Clapham Junction Extension, due to open in May that year.

Transport Links

London bus route 381, C10 and night route N381 all serve the station.



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