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Canonbury railway station
Canonbury is located in Greater London

Location of Canonbury in Greater London
Location Canonbury
Local authority Islington
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code CNN
Platforms in use 2
Fare zone 2

National Rail annual entry and exit
2004/5 0.128 million[1]
2005/6 0.165 million[1]
2006/7 0.789 million[1]

1870 Opened

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Coordinates: 51°32′54″N 0°05′33″W / 51.5482°N 0.0925°W / 51.5482; -0.0925

Canonbury railway station serves the district of Canonbury within the London Borough of Islington in north London. It is on the North London Line. The station and all trains serving it are operated by London Overground. It is in Travelcard Zone 2. This station is close to the boundary with the London Borough of Hackney.



The station opened in 1858 east of its present location as "Newington Road & Balls Pond" and was renamed "Canonbury" shortly before the move to its present site in 1870.[2][3][4]

In 2007 the ticket office was extensively refurbished as part of the station upgrade programme delivered through conversion to London Overground.

Just to the west of the station is the Canonbury curve, a freight-only connection through the Canonbury tunnel to the East Coast mainline at Finsbury Park.


To allow four-car trains to run on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Gospel Oak and Stratford closed in February 2010, with reopening envisaged for 1 June 2010, for installing a new signalling system and for extending 30 platforms. After the reopening the work will continue until May 2011 with a reduced service and none on Sundays.[5]

The typical weekday service at the station in trains per hour is:

  • 4 westbound to Richmond via Camden Road and Willesden,
  • 4 eastbound to Stratford via Hackney.

Future Developments

In the northern extension of the East London Line due to be completed in 2011, Canonbury station will have four platforms giving interchange between the London Overground East London and North London Lines with step-free access to all platforms and peak service frequencies of twelve trains per hour in each direction.


  1. ^ a b c "Station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Joe Brown (2006). London Railway Atlas. Ian Allan Publishing. 
  4. ^ Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith (1997). North London Line. Middleton Press. 
  5. ^ "London Overground to close from Gospel Oak to Stratford as part of £326m upgrade to deliver longer, more frequent trains". TfL. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 06 February 2010. 

Transport Links

London bus routes 30, 277, 8mins walk to the station from St. Pauls Road route 236 5mins walk to the station from Grosvenor Ave.

External links

Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail London Overground   Following station
towards Richmond
North London Line
towards Stratford
    From Early 2011    
Highbury & Islington  
East London Line
"under construction"
  Dalston Junction
Former Services
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Highbury and Islington   North London Railway
  Mildmay Park


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