Surrey Quays London Overground
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Surrey Quays is located in Greater London
Surrey Quays
Surrey Quays
Location of Surrey Quays in Greater London
LocationSurrey Quays
Local authorityLondon Borough of Southwark
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerTransport for London
Station codeSQE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Increase 4.671 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.373 million[1]
2017–18Increase 4.806 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.317 million[1]
2018–19Increase 4.878 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.590 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 4.693 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.581 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 1.494 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.136 million[1]
Key dates
7 December 1869Opened (Deptford Road)
17 July 1911Renamed Surrey Docks
24 October 1989Renamed Surrey Quays
1995Line closed
1998Line reopened
22 December 2007Line closed
27 April 2010[2]Station Reopened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°29′37″N 0°02′50″W / 51.49358°N 0.04717°W / 51.49358; -0.04717Coordinates: 51°29′37″N 0°02′50″W / 51.49358°N 0.04717°W / 51.49358; -0.04717
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Surrey Quays is a station on the East London Line branch of the London Overground. It is located in Rotherhithe, part of London Borough of Southwark.[3] It is in Zone 2 and the next station to the north is Canada Water, and to the south it splits into branches to Clapham Junction, New Cross and Crystal Palace/West Croydon. Closed in late 2007, the station was refurbished and re-opened as part of the London Overground network on 27 April 2010.[4]


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines in South East London, including the southern portion of the East London Line
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines in South East London, including the southern portion of the East London Line

The station was built by the East London Railway Company and opened on 7 December 1869; it was originally known as Deptford Road.[5] On 17 July 1911, it was renamed Surrey Docks[5] in reference to the nearby, now closed, Surrey Commercial Docks, and further renamed Surrey Quays on 24 October 1989,[5] following the construction of the nearby Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. This was a somewhat controversial move as some of the local community felt that their heritage was being eroded[citation needed]. However, the name stuck, and the Surrey Docks part of Rotherhithe is now often referred to as Surrey Quays.

In the 1950s and 1960s, London Underground planned a new line connecting north-west and south-east London. Approval for the first stage of the Fleet line (renamed the Jubilee line in 1975) to Charing Cross was granted in 1969,[6] with second and third stages approved in 1971 and 1972.[7] The station was planned to be part of phase 3 running to Lewisham. New tunnels to and from the City of London would have come to the surface north of the station. East London line trains would have terminated at Surrey Docks with London Underground services to New Cross and New Cross Gate being taken over by the new line.[7] Phases 2 and 3 were not carried out due to a lack of funds. Eventually, due to changing land usage and the growth of Canary Wharf, the Jubilee line was extended via Canada Water instead.

For much of its history, the station's importance lay in its proximity to the Surrey Commercial Docks; it was at the south end of Canada Dock (now Canada Water) and a few hundred yards from the principal entrance to the docks. Its usage fell considerably after the docks closed, but revived following the redevelopment of the London Docklands in the 1980s and 1990s.

The service was closed between 1995 and 1998 due to repair work on the East London line's Thames Tunnel. The East London line closed permanently as an Underground line on 22 December 2007. It reopened for preview services on 27 April 2010 to New Cross and New Cross Gate and 23 May 2010 for full service to New Cross, West Croydon and Crystal Palace, becoming part of the London Overground system.[8] On 9 December 2012, Phase 2 of East London line extension opened to the public, launched the next day by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.[9] It provides services to Clapham Junction via Peckham Rye, thus completing the London Overground Orbital link.

As of February 2021, Transport for London is planning to upgrade the station with a new entrance and ticket hall, improving capacity and introducing step-free access.[10]


All times below are correct as of the December 2015 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.[11] Current off peak frequency is:

East London Line

South London Line


London Buses routes 1, 47, 188, 199, 225 and 381 and night routes N199 and N381 serve the station.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ BBC London:The new East London Line opens to the public. Retrieved 27 April 2010
  3. ^ "London Overground Signs Standard – Issue 3" (PDF). Transport for London. 3 August 2009. p. 18. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  4. ^ "East London Line opens to public". BBC News. 27 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 78, 224. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  6. ^ Horne, Mike (2000). The Jubilee Line. Capital Transport. pp. 28–34. ISBN 1-85414-220-8.
  7. ^ a b Horne, Mike (2000). The Jubilee Line. Capital Transport. p. 36. ISBN 1-85414-220-8.
  8. ^ "Mayor accused of railway 'stunt'". BBC News. 14 April 2010.
  9. ^ Martin Hoscik (10 December 2012). "Boris opens new London Overground link". MayorWatch. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Surrey Quays station upgrade". Transport for London. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  11. ^ Table 178 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  12. ^ "Surrey Quays Station (Stop S)". TfL. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
Preceding station Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground Following station
Canada Water East London Line New Cross
New Cross Gate
Canada Water South London Line Queens Road Peckham
Former services
Preceding station Underground no-text.svg London Underground Following station
towards Hammersmith
Metropolitan line
New Cross
Metropolitan line
New Cross Gate
Rotherhithe District line
Canada Water
towards Shoreditch
East London line
New Cross
New Cross Gate
Abandoned plans
Preceding station Underground no-text.svg London Underground Following station
Fenchurch Street
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line
Phase 3 (never constructed)
New Cross Gate
New Cross
towards Lewisham