The Anonymous Widower

Eastern Central Line Stations To Be Made Step-Free

Five stations at the Eastern End of the Central Line are to be made step-free.

These pictures show the various stations. on the 22nd January 2018.

Buckhurst Hill

Work is already underway to reopen an old subway at the Southern end of the station. A completion date of Summer 2018 is displayed.

Will lifts be added to this subway?


No work has started yet! Will the current bridge be replaced?

Newbury Park

Work has started. A completion date of Summer 2018 is displayed.


No work has started yet! Will the current bridge be replaced?

South Woodford

No work has started yet!


These stations were built by the Great Eastern Railway in the nineteenth century, with the exception of Newbury Park, which was built for the Central Line after the Second World War.

The Great Eastern stations show their heritage with good brickwork, period features and a good selection of wrought iron bridges.

Newbury Park station is Grade II Listed because of the hideous concrete bus station.

What Are Transport for London’s Plans?

Transport for London have stated that their aim is to eventually have all Underground stations with full step-free access.

There are twenty station East of Stratford station on the Central Line.

Currently, four have some degree of step-free access, so these five added stations would bring the step-free stations to forty-five percent.

Could all this work, be due to the fact, that when Crossrail opens, the Eastern section of the Central Line will effectively become a branch of London’s new line? The two lines will have a step-free cross-platform interchange at Stratford.

Will this give a marketing advantage, as there will now be a totally step-free route from a lot of Eastern Central Line stations to the West End, Paddington and Heathrow?

Could car parking be a factor?

  • Only Debden and Newbury Park stations, of those being made step-free have car parks with over a hundred spaces.
  • Disabled spaces are generally less than ten.
  • Of the other step-free stations in the area, only Epping has a large car park.

It is probably more affordable to add step-free access to stations, than provide disabled parking spaces, closer into London.

Onward To Ongar

Currently, there are no plans to extend the Central Line to Ongar.

But I do wonder, if this could be reconsidered in the future.

  • The roads will get more congested.
  • More housing is built in this part of Essex.
  • Crossrail will probably attrack passengers to use the Central Line.
  • The Central Line’s new trains in a few years will cut journey times and add capacity.

What will probably decide the matter is overcrowding at Epping station.





January 23, 2018 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. I was unsure how it would be in the best interest of everyone involved, but your point about the disable-friendly stations is good enough for me!

    Comment by Saloni | January 23, 2018 | Reply

  2. […] They are much more of a mixed bunch than those I wrote about in Eastern Central Line Stations To Be Made Step-Free. […]

    Pingback by West London Stations To Be Made Step-Free « The Anonymous Widower | January 24, 2018 | Reply

  3. Yes,I do agree with the proposal to extend the Central line back to Ongar Station from Epping Station and terminating all Central line trains on the Ongar Branch at West Ruislip Station

    Comment by Aronjit | June 23, 2019 | Reply

  4. Tfl should CONSTRUCT ANOTHER 3RD PLATFORM at EPPING STATION in order to increase the total number of Central line trains terminating at EPPING STATION

    Comment by Aronjit | February 10, 2020 | Reply

  5. All Central line trains should terminate at EPPING Station. I know that Debden terminators are already scrapped but Debden sidings should be torn out. All Loughton terminators should be scrapped. The Central middle tracks at Loughton Station should be torn out and construct a longer island Platform linking Eastbound Platform 2 and Westbound Platform 1 just like at Whitechapel Station. Eastbound Platform 4 should be renamed to Eastbound Platform 2. The middle tracks at Whitechapel were torn out so the same should be done at Loughton.

    Comment by Aronjit | August 13, 2020 | Reply

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