The Anonymous Widower

The People Of London Welcome Lea Bridge Station

In the absence of any visible presence of the great and good, this evening about a hundred of the people of London welcomed the first train into Lea Bridge station since 1985.

In fact two trains turned up together and the pictures show the greetings and my trip to Stratford and back again.

All the station needs now is the reopening of the Hall Farm Curve, so that services can be run between Chingford and Stratford via the stations between St. James Street and Highams Park.

I can see this becoming a very busy station in a developing part of London.

  • The Stratford to Angel Road station service is down to be improved as the big housing site at Meridian Water is developed.
  • A Chingford/Walthamstow to Stratford service must certainly happen if the Hall Farm Curve is built.
  • A Chingford/Walthamstow to Stratford service must surely take the pressure off the overcrowded Victoria Line and provide alternative routes to the Central Line and the current Chingford Branch.
  • Crossrail will push services to get more passengers to its station at Stratford.

For myself, I’d like to see a Stansted service at the station, as I’d just get a 56 bus to the station. But will the Airport want a service to Stratford, rather than an improved and faster service to Liverpool Street.

I might even use this station to get to Stratford, if a higher frequency of trains ran through the station to Stratford.

But who knows, where the good burghers of Waltham Forest and their politicians will push Transport for London after getting the most important and expensive improvement completed?

I think congratulations are very much in order for the successful completion of this station.

May 15, 2016 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


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  3. I’ve been meaning to contact you for some time now, but be distracted.
    Yes, I followed these works in the distance (from Portugal), because it was my daughter (civil engineer), who led the work.
    As you can imagine, a father who exports his daughter abroad and sees his success is always so proud !…

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