Stratford station was opened on 20 June 1839 by the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) with the first station building being located on Angel Lane which crossed the line on an over-bridge to the east of the station. The Northern and Eastern Railway opened a section of its authorised line from Broxbourne to join the ECR at Stratford on 15 September 1840. By 1855 there were links from both the low and high-level stations to the North London Line as well as a spur that enabled trains from Liverpool Street to North Woolwich to avoid Stratford altogether (although this served Stratford Market station) which was a short distance away. Central Line services started on 4 December 1946, extended from Liverpool Street station in new tunnels after being delayed due to the Second World War. The Docklands Light Railway opened on 31 August 1987 reusing redundant rail routes through the Bow and Poplar areas to reach the new Docklands developments on the Isle of Dogs. In April 2009 the North London Line platforms at Stratford moved to newly built high-level platforms 1 & 2 from the original low-level platforms 1 & 2, freeing the old platforms for the DLR's Stratford International service which opened in August 2011. After rebuilding the old platforms reopened as platforms 16 and 17.
The station layout is extremely complex. Low-level platforms are at ground level and run north-south. Platforms 13 to 15 serve the Jubilee Line. Platforms 13 to 16 are served by a footbridge (with lifts and escalators) from the main station entrance, while platform 17 adjoins directly onto the main station concourse.Platforms 16 and 17 (previously platforms 1 and 2 until 2009) originally served trains from Palace Gates in north London to North Woolwich, but this service has since been discontinued. In the 1980s, trains from Richmond to Broad Street were diverted to run via these platforms to North Woolwich. Following the closure of the line to North Woolwich in 2006, these effectively became terminus platforms, with trains departing westbound only towards Richmond. They are now used by DLR services: platform 16 is for northbound trains to Stratford International and platform 17 is for southbound trains to Beckton during off-peak times and Woolwich Arsenal during peak hours. The station has cash machines, Euro cash machines, lifts, escalators, wi-fi, payphones and boarding ramps.
Connections: National Rail. Central, Jubilee Lines. London Overground. London Buses routes 25, 69, 86, 97, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, 678 and D8 as well as night buses N8, N86, N205 serve the station.