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Dalston Kingsland railway station

Coordinates: 51°32′54″N 0°04′35″W / 51.5482°N 0.0763°W / 51.5482; -0.0763
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Dalston Kingsland London Overground
The station in 2005
Dalston Kingsland is located in Greater London
Dalston Kingsland
Dalston Kingsland
Location of Dalston Kingsland in Greater London
Local authorityHackney
Grid referenceTQ335850
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station code(s)DLK
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
OSIDalston Junction London Overground 3 or 4 mins walk away[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 5.978 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 5.677 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 2.130 million[2]
2021–22Increase 4.090 million[2]
2022–23Increase 4.564 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyNorth London Railway
Key dates
9 November 1850 (1850-11-09)Opened as Kingsland
1 November 1865Closed
16 May 1983Reopened as Dalston Kingsland
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°32′54″N 0°04′35″W / 51.5482°N 0.0763°W / 51.5482; -0.0763
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Dalston Kingsland railway station is a railway station on the North London Line in London, England. It is in the Dalston area of the London Borough of Hackney, on the western side of Kingsland High Street and opposite Ridley Road Market. The station and all trains serving it are operated by London Overground. It is in Travelcard Zone 2. Kingsland railway station was first opened on the site in 1850, but was replaced by Dalston Junction in 1865. The current station was opened by British Rail in 1983. Ticket barriers are in operation. The station straddles the boundary with the London Borough of Islington, with part of the platforms falling within Islington.



A station was first opened on the site on 9 November 1850 by the North London Railway. It closed on 1 November 1865 when an extension was built to Broad Street in the City of London and a triangular junction was installed which joined the existing tracks to the east and west of the station. A new Dalston Junction station was opened at the southern tip of the junction and it replaced Kingsland station. The station was rebuilt and reopened on 16 May 1983 as part of the Crosstown Linkline service. The station replaced Dalston Junction when it closed in 1986, along with the rest of the line to Broad Street.[3][4]

Present day


Dalston Junction reopened on 27 April 2010 on the London Overground East London Line extension, with interchange permitted between it and Dalston Kingsland.[5] The western curve of the junction was relaid for the East London Line going to Highbury & Islington station; the site of the eastern curve is covered by the car park of Kingsland shopping centre.

As part of TfL's Overground improvement programme, plans have been approved to redevelop the station.[6][7] Aside from increasing the number of entry and exit gates, the changes are largely cosmetic and do not make any provision for step-free access.

Plans have been approved to redevelop the "Peacocks" building immediately adjacent to the station into a 15-storey tower block.[8]



As part of the programme to introduce four-car trains on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Gospel Oak and Stratford closed in February 2010, reopening on 1 June 2010. The closure was to enable the installation of a new signalling system and the extension of 30 platforms. Engineering work continued until May 2011, during which reduced services operated and Sunday services were suspended.[9]

Typical off-peak frequency at the station is four trains per hour westbound to Richmond via Highbury & Islington, Camden Road and Willesden Junction; two trains per hour westbound to Clapham Junction; and six trains per hour eastbound to Stratford. However, service intervals vary from about seven minutes during peak times to 30 minutes on Sundays.[10]

At Dalston Kingsland station the NLL was powered by both 25 kV overhead AC and 750 V third-rail DC systems and was the change-over point between current collection by pantographs and by shoes for passenger trains that are dual-system Class 378 electric multiple units (EMUs). For reliability, time-saving, and as part of the NLL upgrade, the third rail has now been removed and overhead cables power the North London Line between Stratford and Acton Central.

In August 2002 a potentially serious railway accident was avoided near Dalston Kingsland when a passenger train was inadvertently diverted on to the goods line during emergency signalling. When the passenger train was reversing to its correct path a following goods train almost ran into it.[11]



London Buses routes 67, 76, 149, 243 and 488 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Salmon, S., Smith, P. (2019). Directory of British Railways: New and Reopened Stations 1948–2018. United Kingdom: Pen & Sword Books.
  4. ^ Asher, Wayne (2014). A very political railway : the fight for the North London line. Middlesex: Capital Transport Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85414-378-5. OCLC 909302141.
  5. ^ BBC.co.uk: 2010 Tube Map
  6. ^ Loving Dalston: Is the Dalston Kingsland station plan on the right lines?
  7. ^ "Hackney council: Details for planning application 2014/2222". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Hackney Gazette: Plans for controversial 15 storey tower in Dalston approved". Archived from the original on 16 September 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  9. ^ "London Overground to close from Gospel Oak to Stratford as part of £326m upgrade to deliver longer, more frequent trains". TfL. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  10. ^ London Overground timetable from 22 May 2011. Archived 26 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ London Rail Disasters and Other Unfortunate Events. Retrieved 30 December 2007
Preceding station London Overground Following station
Canonbury North London line Hackney Central
towards Stratford
Disused railways
Eastern Region of British Railways