Stratford International Railway Station

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Stratford International
Platforms of the high-speed trains
Operating point type Through station
Platform tracks 4th
opening 11/30/2009
City / municipality London Borough of Newham
Place / district Greater London
London Borough London Borough of Newham
Part of the country England
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 51 ° 32 '42 "  N , 0 ° 0' 32"  W Coordinates: 51 ° 32 '42 "  N , 0 ° 0' 32"  W.
Railway lines

High Speed ​​One , Docklands Light Railway

List of train stations in the United Kingdom
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Stratford International Station is a train station at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Greater London . It is located on the British high-speed line High Speed ​​One and serves both long-distance traffic on this route and local traffic via the Docklands Light Railway . The station is in Stratford , which is part of the east London borough of Newham .

The station was completed in April 2006, but did not start operating until 2009 for connections to the Kent region in south-east England. Plans for international connections through the Eurotunnel to mainland Europe have not yet been implemented.


The station, which cost 250 million pounds (around 300 million euros), was originally intended as a London stop for the planned direct Eurostar train connections between the European continent and destinations north of London. The trains, which were supposed to run under the name North of London , were ultimately never used for economic reasons. As the St Pancras terminus of the Eurostar connections is only 9 km away, Eurostar management refuses to allow their trains to stop at Stratford because the resulting delay is too detrimental to competition with aviation.

Southeastern trains have been operating at Stratford International under the brand name Southeastern Highspeed since November 2009. They offer English domestic service with Hitachi class 395 high-speed trains via High Speed ​​One , which they use to either Ebbsfleet International or Ashford International , and then merge onto rail lines such as the North Kent Line or the Chatham Main Line . So far, St Pancras has rail links to Dover , Margate , Faversham and Canterbury . An expansion of the network to Hastings or Eastbourne is planned in the medium term, but renovation measures are necessary on the Marshlink Line and the East Coastway Line .

A connection to the Docklands Light Railway was opened in August 2011. This did not happen as part of an extension of the previous line from Poplar , but with the construction of a new DLR line on the route of the disused North London Line section south of Stratford from Canning Town via West Ham and two new platforms in Stratford Regional. Two lines run from Stratford International, to Beckton and Woolwich Arsenal via London City Airport .

The station is located in the middle of Stratford City and the site of the 2012 Olympic Games . During the Games, up to 8 trains an hour brought 90,000 visitors daily from central London to the competition venues in Stratford. Instead of the normal schedule, Southeastern used their trains under the name "Javelin" (English: Speer ) in the shuttle service from London St Pancras to Ebbsfleet International , with a stop in Stratford International.


Docklands Light Railway platform
Aerial view of the train station (right) and the Olympic Village

Stratford International is located between St Pancras and Ebbsfleet International train stations , close to Stratford Regional train station and the Olympic Village . It has four platforms, which were laid in an open, one kilometer long and 25 meter deep concrete tub sunk into the ground. This tub is more or less an open section of a 17.5 km long tunnel. It consists of the 10 km long tunnel London East (the east portal at 51 ° 31 '36.9 "  N , 0 ° 8' 13.9"  O is located) and the 7.5 km long tunnel London West , the only ends at the apron at St. Pancras. In the station center, an additional track leads to a ramp over which the trains out of the bucket to the nearby depot Temple Mills of Euro Star Group reach.

The architect of the station was Mark Fisher, in collaboration with Alastair Lansley CBE, Leszek Dobrovolsky and Fred Deacon.

The platforms intended for international traffic are 760 millimeters above the upper edge of the rail (SOK), those for regional traffic have the standard British height of 915 mm above the SOK. With regard to international traffic, functional rooms for passport and customs controls have been provided.

Stratford International is owned by Union Railways (North) Ltd , a subsidiary of London & Continental Railways , but is managed by National Rail .


After plans failed to have the Eurostar trains stop there for the 2012 Olympic Games , it is uncertain whether an international train will ever stop at Stratford International , leaving a significant part of the station unused. In September 2010 , the Secretary of Transportation, under the then Brown government, Andrew Adonis , Westfield CEO Peter Miller and the Mayor of the London Borough of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, instructed the Eurostar Group to stop at Stratford International.

After the Games, London Mayor Boris Johnson asked Eurostar that at least four pairs of trains should stop here every day. Further hopes were placed on the competitor Deutsche Bahn , which wanted to offer train connections from London to Germany and the Netherlands from 2015/16. These plans were put on hold in 2014.

Web links

Commons : Stratford International Train Station  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Economic Impact of HS1. In: London & Continental Railways, January 2009, accessed January 7, 2013 .
  3. ^ Docklands Light Railway. Clive's Underground Line Guides, accessed January 7, 2013 .
  4. Martin Randelhoff: London 2012. Future Mobility, August 22, 2012, accessed on December 14, 2013 .
  5. a b Pete Stean: Stratford International - The Olympic Anomaly. May 7, 2013, accessed December 14, 2013 .
  6. Eurostar 'will not stop' at Stratford International. In: BBC News. May 25, 2010, accessed July 27, 2010 .
  7. Ross Lydall: Stratford needs Euro Star, warns boss of Olympic mall. In: London Evening Standard. September 9, 2010, accessed July 27, 2011 .
  8. ^ Matthew Beard: Boris Johnson urges Eurostar to start using Olympic Park station. In: London Evening Standard. July 29, 2013, accessed December 14, 2013 .
  9. Germany's Frankfurt-London high-speed rail link put on ice. In: Reuters UK. February 18, 2014, accessed February 13, 2016 (UK English).
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