Beckton tube station

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Location Beckton
Owner Never built
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Original company Jubilee line
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Beckton was an authorised railway station planned by London Underground but never built. It was to be located in Beckton in the London Borough of Newham, in east London as a station on an unbuilt extension of the Jubilee line. It would have been the terminus of a branch from Custom House adjacent to a planned depot for the line.


Plans for a new underground line connection north-west and south-east London via the West End and the City of London were first considered in the 1930s. They were developed during the 1950s and 1960s until a plan for the Fleet line established a route to Lewisham in 1965 with permission to build the first phase to Charing Cross granted in 1969 with the second and third phases approved in 1971 and 1972.[1]

Phase 1 opened as the Jubilee line in 1979,[2] but uncertainty as to the appropriate eastern destination of the line and shortage of funds meant that the remaining works were never begun.[3] An alternative route for Phase 3 was planned and approved in 1980 that followed a more northern alignment to Woolwich Arsenal with a branch from Custom House to Beckton.[3] The line from Custom House would have followed the disused route of the Great Eastern Railway's Beckton branch.[3]

Although preparatory works were carried out for Phase 2, neither it nor either of the Phase 3 routes were constructed.[3] When, in the 1990s, the Jubilee line extension to Stratford was constructed, it followed a different route.[4] Docklands Light Railway services between Custom House and Beckton follow a route along the north side of Royal Albert Dock.


  1. ^ Horne 2000, p. 36.
  2. ^ Horne 2000, p. 45.
  3. ^ a b c d Horne 2000, pp. 50–52.
  4. ^ Horne 2000, p. 57.


  • Horne, Mike (2000). The Jubilee Line. Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-220-8.
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Jubilee line
Phase 3 (1980) (never constructed)

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