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Bethnal Green London Overground
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Bethnal Green is located in Greater London
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
Location of Bethnal Green in Greater London
Location Bethnal Green
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed by London Overground
Station code BET
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 Increase 0.448 million
2005–06 Decrease 0.446 million
2006–07 Increase 0.489 million
2007–08 Increase 0.564 million
2008–09 Decrease 0.545 million
2009–10 Decrease 0.516 million
2010–11 Increase 0.617 million
Key dates
1872 Opened
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Bethnal Green railway station is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in east London. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Overground, on the West Anglia route, and it is in Travelcard Zone 2. The station was formerly called Bethnal Green Junction and was also served by trains on the Great Eastern Main Line.


The typical off-peak service is:

Oyster card (pay as you go) on National Rail is accepted at the station from 2 January 2008.


In 1872 the Great Eastern Railway opened a new branch to Hackney Downs to serve this branch a new junction was built to the west of Cambridge Heath Road.

It also replaced a station called Mile End which was located on the eastern side of Cambridge Heath Road with a station immediately to the west of the new junction called Bethnal Green Junction.

It served both of the Great Eastern Railway routes and had four platforms. In 1946 this station stopped serving the Great Eastern main line to Shenfield and two platforms were closed, though the remains of the Shenfield down platform are still visible.

The Shenfield up (London-bound) platform was demolished and the tracks rearranged, coinciding with the swapping of services from the former fast tracks onto the former slow (resulting in the arrangement we see today). It is not known for certain when the station's name was changed, possibly when it ceased serving the Shenfield line.



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