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Written by Tim Squires - 22 Jan 2013
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Location notes
A modern four platform station on sited in the regenerated London area of Stratford, despite the moniker 'International', no trains to outside of the UK stop at the station.
The station is on the High Speed 1 (HS1) line.
You will need to sign in and purchase a platform ticket (10p in Jan 2013) to gain access to the platforms, however this is a relatively simple procedure. Tripods are not permitted on the platforms.
Railway type and traffic
Only:
  • Class 395 "Javelins"
  • Class 373 "Eurostar"
  • Link to Real Time Trains
    RTT Link Stratford International - HS1
    This link should be close to the location, but may not be the actual location so please check the page. This link will take you to what is happening 'around now'. Dates and times can be changed at the top of the page.
    Environment
    A reasonably busy well staffed 4 platform station made largely from concrete, with some glass thrown in for good measure.
    A flyover runs above the station for access to Temple Mills Eurostar depot, you can just about see passing trains on the extreme western end of the platforms, but photography isn't easy due to the height of the fencing at this point.
    Road directions
    Like a lot of London locations travelling by car isn't recommended, please try to park outside London and travel in by public transport!
    If you're determined to drive however, then you can access the area from Essex using the A12 trunk road and A118 and from Central London using the A11 then A118.

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    Stratford International - HS1 map co-ordinates
    Parking
    No car parks at either Stratford International or Regional stations, the nearest being in Stratford's Great Eastern Road.
    Public transport
    Definitely a better option for this location, with direct rail links on HS1 from London St Pancras and Kent, and from most of Essex and East Anglia (as well as London Liverpool Street) into Stratford Regional station, which is only a short DLR trip away from International.
    Buses from most parts of London serve Stratford, as well as Underground services.

    At the time of writing travel cards and Oyster cards are not valid to use on HS1 services between St Pancras and Stratford.

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    Amenities
    Toilets and food outlets on the station, with most other retail requirements served by the massive Westfield shopping centre, which is adjacent to the station.
    Accommodation
    Plenty of accommodation in Stratford, as well as the rest of London!
    Sun Compass
    Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
    It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
    Stratford International - HS1

    Googly map
    Streetmap links
    Stratford International - HS1 general view map
    Stratford International - HS1 close up map

    Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
    Stratford International - HS1



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    Photographic notes
    If you can live with the restricted amount of traction, then this is a decent station for photographers and videographers, with the starkly modern architecture of the station providing an urbane backdrop.
    Noise levels for videos are fine, although the passengers can sometimes get in the way, or make untoward noises!
    The rising incline on the western end of the station makes for an interesting picture if you have a powerful zoom.


    General views - All photographs © Tim Squires unless otherwise stated
    Fig 1 - Looking east

    
Fig 1 - Looking east


    Fig 2 - Looking east

    
Fig 2 - Looking east


    Fig 3 - Looking west

    
Fig 3 - Looking west


    Location Video



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