Surrey Quays railway station

Surrey Quays London Overground
Surrey Quays
Location of Surrey Quays in Greater London
Location Surrey Quays
Local authority London Borough of Southwark
Managed by London Overground
Owner Transport for London
Station code SQE
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2007 Increase 2.456 million[1]
2008 0 (closed) million[1]
2009 0 (closed) million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 1.150 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.801 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 2.044 million[2]
– interchange 0.987 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 2.377 million[2]
– interchange Increase 1.126 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 2.654 million[2]
– interchange Decrease 0.966 million[2]
Key dates
1869 Opened (Deptford Road)
1911 Renamed Surrey Docks
1989 Renamed Surrey Quays
1995 Line closed
1998 Line reopened
22 December 2007 Line closed
27 April 2010[3] Station Reopened
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WGS84 51°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 in Rotherhithe within the London Borough of Southwark, Greater London. The station is seved by National Rail London Overground services under the control of the London Rail division of Transport for London, however there is no standard red National Rail "double arrow" logo signage located at the station, instead only the Overground roundel.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6] On 17 July 1911, it was renamed Surrey Docks[6] in reference to the nearby, now closed, Surrey Commercial Docks, and further renamed Surrey Quays on 24 October 1989,[6] 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. However, the name stuck, and the Surrey Docks part of Rotherhithe is now often referred to as Surrey Quays.

Surrey Quays was intended to be taken over by the Jubilee line, then the Fleet Line, down to New Cross, New Cross Gate and Lewisham, but this never materialised.

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.[7] 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.[8] It provides services to Clapham Junction via Peckham Rye, thus completing the London Overground Orbital link.


All times below are correct as of the December 2015 timetables.

London Overground

East London Line

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.[9] Current off peak frequency is:


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


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Surrey Quays railway station.
  1. 1 2 3 "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. BBC London:The new East London Line opens to the public Accessed 27 April 2010
  4. "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.
  5. "East London Line opens to public". BBC News. 27 April 2010.
  6. 1 2 3 Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 78,224. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  7. "Mayor accused of railway 'stunt'". BBC News. 14 April 2010.
  9. Table 178 National Rail timetable, May 2016
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