A First Look At London's Newest Railway Station

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 19 months ago
A First Look At London's Newest Railway Station
The new (well, reopening) Lea Bridge station.

London got a brand new railway station this morning (actually, a few trains ran yesterday evening, but the launch was this morning) as the borough of Waltham Forest welcomes back an old friend — Lea Bridge station.

It's definitely open.

There was a railway station on the site in 1840 when it opened as Lea Bridge Road and it served the stadium that used to be nearby (now long gone).

footbridge
The view from the footbridge at Lea Bridge station.

The station's usage declined, and it was therefore closed in 1985, along with passenger services along the line it's located on.

However, thanks to the Olympics and Stratford's regeneration, the line was opened again in 2005 with services running between Stratford and Stansted. At that time, the idea of opening up the station again was mooted — and now in 2016 we're finally there.

train at lea bridge
One of the first trains to use the station pulls in.

There are two trains per hour (one every 30 minutes) run by Abellio Greater Anglia going to Stratford (just six minutes away) and to Bishop's Stortford heading north.

The footbridge - not a beauty, but functional.

Last Updated 16 May 2016

Ric Euteneuer

I caught the last ever train on this 30 years ago (I'd just moved to London). There was a band on it playing called the "Aunt Fortescue Blues Rockers" ("Aunt Fortescue" was an eccentric elderly lady passenger who seemed to be the only user of the station at the time). Great to see it reopened.

Basiluzzo

Marry me, Geoff Marshall! I'll gladly trade my green card for an oyster card ...

Tube Geek

Wish I could have been there for this - unfortunately I was at school near Bristol

Mary Collier

In your articles about mass transit projects, it would be very helpful to add information about handicap accessibility. Thank you for keeping us up to date.