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Old Street
Old Street stn northwest entrance.JPG
Station entrance
Old Street is located in Central London
Old Street

Location of Old Street in Central London
Location Old Street
Local authority Islington/Hackney
Managed by London Underground
Station code OLD
Platforms in use 4
Fare zone 1

London Underground annual entry and exit
2004 13.791 million[1]
2007 17.927 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2006/7 0.734 million[2]
2007/8 0.903 million[2]

1901 Opened (C&SLR)
1904 Opened (GN&CR)

List of stations Underground · National Rail
External links DeparturesLayout

Coordinates: 51°31′33″N 0°05′14″W / 51.52581°N 0.08709°W / 51.52581; -0.08709

Old Street station is a London Underground and National Rail station located at the junction of Old Street and City Road just north of the City of London. It lies on the border between the boroughs of Islington and Hackney. The station is in Travelcard Zone 1.

The station is on the Bank branch of London Underground's Northern Line, between Moorgate and Angel stations. It is also between Moorgate and Essex Road stations on National Rail's Northern City Line, operated by First Capital Connect. Although a through station on this route, for ticketing purposes, it is considered a central London railway terminus.[3]

At the surface, the station is situated under the eastern edge of the busy Old Street roundabout, where Old Street crosses City Road. There is no ground-level station building, access being by ramps and stairs to a modern station entrance which is part of a small shopping parade beneath the roundabout. The original ground-level buildings were removed when the roundabout was constructed. The station has toilets, but they are not open late into the evening. On the Northern Line between Old Street and Angel stations is the disused tube station City Road.



The station was originally opened in November 1901 by the first deep-level tube railway, the City & South London Railway, as part of an extension of its line from Moorgate to Angel. The Northern City Line platforms were opened in February 1904 by the Great Northern & City Railway which built its tunnels to a larger diameter capable of accommodating main line trains in the hope of carrying trains from its northern terminus at the Great Northern Railway's Finsbury Park station to Moorgate. This eventually happened in the 1970s, with the line becoming a BR route, with through services to Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. During the 1920s the station was rebuilt when escalators (1 & 2) replaced the lift shaft in accessing the platform tunnels. Between 1967 and 1969 the station was once again modified, the surface building was replaced with the current sub-surface structure situated in the centre of the roundabout and an additional escalator shaft (3) was added. During the 1990s the effects of corrosion caused by excessive soil acidity required a section of the cast iron running tunnel lining in the Northern Line, south of Old Street, to be re-lined with stainless steel tunnel segments.


Northern line

Northern towards Edgware, High Barnet or Mill Hill East
Northbound Platform 1
Island Platform
Southbound Platform 2
Northern towards Morden



Transport Links

London bus routes 21, 43, 55, 76, 135, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271, Night route N35, N55, N76 and route 394 10mins walk to the station.

External links

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Northern line
towards Morden
National Rail National Rail
London Moorgate   First Capital Connect
Northern City Line
Monday-Friday only
  Essex Road


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