Location of East Ham in London Borough of Newham
|Local authority||London Borough of Newham|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Fare zone||3 and 4|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|Original company||London, Tilbury and Southend Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|31 March 1858||Opened|
|1902||District line started|
|1936||Metropolitan line started|
|1948||Ownership transferred to British Railways|
|1969||Ownership transferred to London Transport|
|1988||Metropolitan line renamed Hammersmith & City line|
|Added to list||20 January 1999|
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 on 31 March 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.
The London, Tilbury and Southend 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. 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. A short spur line to Woodgrange Park was opened in 1894 and was closed in 1958.
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 The disused platforms of the Fenchurch Street to Southend services, withdrawn in 1962, are to the south of the current platforms.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.
London Buses routes 5, 58, 101, 104, 115, 147, 238, 300, 325, 376, 474 and night route N15 serve the station, providing connections to Aldgate, Barking, Canning Town, East Beckton, Gallions Reach, Ilford, Manor Park, Oxford Circus (night only), Prince Regent, Romford, Stratford, Walthamstow and Wanstead.
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