London Fenchurch Street (FST)

London Fenchurch Street in South East London is one of the smaller termini in the capital though an intensively used one with over 18 million passengers flowing through it in 2015-16. It is the terminus for services on the London, Tilbury & Southend Line.

Type: National Rail
(London, Tilbury &
Southend Line)
Station code: FST
Opened: 1841
Platforms: 4
The station was opened in 1841 by the London & Blackwall Railway with a rebuild in 1854 to serve the London, Tilbury & Southend and Eastern Counties Railways. It later came under the control of the LNER, which is why Fenchurch Street is one of the stations on the original Monopoly board! [1] Under LNER control a further rebuild took place in 1935 (the LMS ran trains to the station too). The London, Tilbury & Southend Line was electrified in the early 1960s. It is now managed by c2c who operate all services to the station.

Fenchurch Street takes its name from a street in the City of London where the station frontage is situated. Unlike the other London termini Fenchurch Street has no London Underground station though is just a few hundred metres away from Tower Hill and Aldgate stations and Tower Gateway DLR station. One proposal for the Fleet Line (later Jubilee Line) would have had a station at Fenchurch Street though a different route was chosen for the Jubilee Line's Eastern extension in the end. [2]
c2c 357 021 waiting to depart

Looking down platforms 1 and 2

c2c 357 202 stands at platform 3

[1] John Glover, Eastern Electric (Ian Allan, 2003) p. 36
[2] Mike Horne, The Jubilee Line (Capital Transport, 2000) p. 51