Bow Road tube station

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Bow Road London Underground
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Bow Road is located in Greater London
Bow Road
Bow Road
Location of Bow Road in Greater London
Location Bow
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed by London Underground
Owner Transport for London
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
OSI Bow Church Docklands Light Railway[1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Increase 5.60 million[2]
2014 Increase 5.77 million[2]
2015 Increase 6.10 million[2]
2016 Decrease 5.65 million[2]
2017 Increase 5.66 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company Whitechapel and Bow Railway
Key dates
1902 Opened
1950 Ownership transferred to London Transport
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1357787[3]
Added to list 27 September 1973
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
  • TfL station info page
WGS84 51°31′38″N 0°01′29″W / 51.52722°N 0.02472°W / 51.52722; -0.02472Coordinates: 51°31′38″N 0°01′29″W / 51.52722°N 0.02472°W / 51.52722; -0.02472
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Bow Road is a London Underground station in Bow, East End of London, England. It is on the District and Hammersmith & City lines. The station is interlinked as an out of station interchange (OSI) with Bow Church station on the Docklands Light Railway which is about 300 m (980 ft) away via Bow Road. The two Bow stations are classed as a single station for ticketing purposes as well as on tube maps but both managed separately.


The station was opened in 1902 by the Whitechapel and Bow Railway (which was later incorporated into the District line), with the Hammersmith & City line (then the Metropolitan line) following in 1936.

The Great Eastern Railway Bow Road railway station, which closed in 1949, stood on the opposite of Bow Road.

Ownership of the station passed to London Underground in 1950.[4]


The station booking hall is a Grade II listed building.

Bow Road marks the point where westbound trains from Upminster and Barking enter a tunnel; the gradient of the tunnel approach, which is to the east of the station, is 1 in 28, the steepest on the tube network.[5] The station platforms are below street level, partly in a tunnel (the western end of the platforms) and partly in an open cutting (the eastern end).

View eastward at platform level in 1961

Bow Church DLR station

Sign to Bow Church DLR.

Bow Road is connected east via thoroughfare of the same name to Bow Church station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) between Stratford and Canary Wharf as an out of station interchange (OSI) classed as a single station for ticketing purposes but are managed as separate stations.[6]


London Buses services serve the station, key routes 25 and 205, local route 425, and night route N205.


  1. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1357787)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Transport Act, 1947" (PDF). The London Gazette. 27 January 1950. p. 480. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  5. ^ "London Underground Statistics". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.

External links

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Hammersmith
Hammersmith & City line
towards Barking
District line
towards Upminster
  Former services  
towards Hammersmith
Metropolitan line
Hammersmith branch (1936-1990)
towards Barking

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