East London Line


(1876 - 2006)


The planned closure of Shoreditch station as part of the works for the East London extension should have occurred years before it did. Indeed, the extension to Dalston Junction that caused the replacement of this station should have been completed in the year that this station was finally closed.

For a full history of the East London line, see Clive's UndergrounD Lines Guide.


Map showing a few areas of interest:

- The yellow shading is the now demolished Broad Street station. Its line north of New Inn Yard has been taken over by the East London line extension.

- The purple area is Liverpool Street station. Shoreditch station at one time had a through connection to this station.

- The light red area is the first G.E.R. terminus (replaced by Liverpool St) which subsequently was used as a goods station. Its site has been used for the new Shoreditch High Street station.

- The green area is Shoreditch station on the East London Line (closed in 2006). The route of its new connection to the former Broad Street line is indicated by the blue line.

- The station seen on the old Broad Street line at the top of the map is its own Shoreditch station, closed in 1940. By taking over this line, the East London line now has two disused Shoreditch stations on its route!





Street level view showing the cutting containing the station in Dec 2006, six months after closure - the rails are rusting, most of the signs have been removed, and although it is hard to see in this photo, the staircase connecting the left hand platform to the station building has been demolished.

The continuation of the line under the station building, to its former connection with the GER line into Liverpool Street is obvious. On the top right is the viaduct of the original route of the GER line into its first terminus (Bishopsgate), relegated to goods workings after the opening of Liverpool Street.

Move your cursor over the image to see the same view in 2010.




Looking the opposite way, toward Whitechapel.

The photographer's location is roughly where the alignment for the new line runs. The height that the new line has to climb to can be appreciated here.

(photo: Dec 2006)




The station building in Pedley Street.

(photo: May 2006)




(photo: May 2006)




The station building re-decorated again.

(photo: Sep 2013)




The strange opening hours of the station. The Sunday service was for the nearby Brick Lane market.

(photo: May 2006)




Bizarre collection of shoes attached to the telephone wires above the station.

(photo: June 2006)




The station building interior looking more than respectable in its final days.

(photo: May 2006)




View westward from the station building showing the GER tracks into Liverpool Street. The foilage indicates the track position of the one-time connection of the East London line into Liverpool Street. The viaduct on the right provided the route into the original Bishopsgate terminus. Its bridge over Brick Lane was removed sometime between 2003 and 2006, replaced by a stronger one for the new extension.

(photo: May 2006)




Looking the opposite way, toward the station building from the tracks seen in the photo above.


(photo: 2009)



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The official East London Line website is here.

Full details (albeit no longer updated) on the East London Line extension are at alwaystouchout.com

Lastly, a couple of webpages showing the East London line as it was in its tube days are here.


Shoreditch - Pt.3 (East London Line)



Photos taken 2006, except where stated.