Mile End London Underground
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Mile End is located in Greater London
Mile End
Mile End
Location of Mile End in Greater London
LocationMile End
Local authorityLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed byLondon Underground
OwnerTransport for London
Station codeMIE[1]
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2017Increase 15.75 million[2]
2018Decrease 14.11 million[3]
2019Increase 14.97 million[4]
2020Decrease 6.79 million[5]
2021Decrease 6.64 million[6]
Railway companies
Original companyWhitechapel and Bow Railway
Key dates
2 June 1902Opened
4 December 1946Central line started
1950Ownership transferred to London Transport
Other information
External links
WGS8451°31′30″N 0°01′59″W / 51.525°N 0.033°W / 51.525; -0.033Coordinates: 51°31′30″N 0°01′59″W / 51.525°N 0.033°W / 51.525; -0.033
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Mile End is a London Underground station in Mile End, London. It is served by the Hammersmith & City, District and Central lines. This station features a cross-platform interchange in both directions, District and Hammersmith & City lines stopping on the inside tracks and the Central line stopping on the outside tracks. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.


The station was opened on 2 June 1902 by the Whitechapel & Bow Railway (W&BR). Electrified services started in 1905. The first services were provided by the District Railway (now the District line); the Metropolitan line followed in 1936 (In 1988 this section of the Metropolitan was renamed the Hammersmith & City line). In 1946 the station was expanded and rebuilt by the Chief Architect of London Underground, Stanley Heaps and his assistant Thomas Bilbow, as part of the Central line eastern extension, with services starting on 4 December 1946. Following nationalisation of the joint venture owners of the W&BR, full ownership of the station passed to London Underground in 1950.[7][note 1]

During the development of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in the 1980s, it was to be a tram system, with the preferred northern option was to run the DLR along Mile End Road towards a terminus at Mile End tube station. However the Stratford route was picked and the system became a light metro instead.[8]

The station has undergone renovation in 2007. Metronet, a company in a public–private partnership with Transport for London (TfL), got as far as stripping the station bare before the company collapsed in 2008. After a short changeover period, TfL continued the renovation work.[9]

On 5 July 2007 a Central line train was derailed when it hit a roll of fire blanket, which had been blown out of a cross-passage between the two tunnels by the strong crosswinds.[10]

In November 2009, part of a plastic barrier broke off from a departing Central line train and struck three commuters.[11] One woman suffered a 5 cm cut in her forehead, and London Underground Ltd faced a fine of up to £20,000 after admitting liability in the case.[12]

Design and layout

View of the subsurface tracks after refurbishment in 2016.
View of the subsurface tracks after refurbishment in 2016.

Mile End is the only station in a tunnel on the network that offers cross-platform interchange between deep tube (Central line) and sub-surface (District and Hammersmith & City line) trains.[note 2] The station takes its name from the A11 Mile End Road, which itself is named after a milestone signifying the point one mile (1.6 km) east of the boundary of the City of London. However, the stone's position was actually closer to Stepney Green than Mile End station itself, which is further east, on the junction with Burdett Road.

Notable local places

The station is close to Victoria Park and Mile End Park, as well as the Regent's Canal. Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Hospital and the now-closed St. Clements Hospital—part of the Royal London Hospital—are nearby.


London Buses routes 25, 205, 277, 323, 339, 425, D6, D7 and night routes N25, N205 and N277 serve the station. There is a Public Carriage Office taxi rank on Mile End Road/Maplin Street next to the station.[13]


  1. ^ The Whitechapel & Bow Railway was a joint venture company originally owned by the District Railway (DR) and the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway (LTSR). The original two parties were each taken over more than once. The DR was a subsidiary of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London, which became part of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933, which became part of the London Transport Executive (LTE) on nationalisation in 1948. The LTSR was taken over by the Midland Railway in 1920 which was merged into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923 and nationalised into British Railways (BR) in 1948. Both the LTE and BR were controlled by the British Transport Commission.
  2. ^ Barons Court offers a cross-platform interchange between the Piccadily deep tube line and the sub-surface District line. However although this is in a deep cutting it is 500m west of the Piccadily line tube tunnel portal.


  1. ^ "Station Codes" (PDF). Transport for London. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Transport Act, 1947" (PDF). The London Gazette. 27 January 1950. p. 480. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 July 2013.
  8. ^ "The early plans for the DLR to be a Tram not a Train".
  9. ^ "Renovation works". London reconnections.
  10. ^ Rail Accident Report - Derailment of a London Underground Central Line train near Mile End station 5 July 2007 (PDF). Department of Transport - Rail Accident Investigation Branch. January 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Passengers struck by Tube train". BBC News. 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009.
  12. ^ "Mile End Mystery Accident Pay-Outs". Londonist. 23 September 2010. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Buses from Mile End" (PDF). TfL. June 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
Preceding station Underground (no text).svg London Underground Following station
Bethnal Green Central line Stratford
Stepney Green District line
Bow Road
towards Upminster
Stepney Green
towards Hammersmith
Hammersmith & City line Bow Road
towards Barking
Former services
Stepney Green Metropolitan line
Hammersmith branch (1936-1990)
Bow Road
towards Barking