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Leyton Station – 26th January 2023

Leyton station on the Central Line, is going to be upgraded as I wrote about in Leyton Station Set For £14m Upgrade.

I said this in the related post.

Leyton Station will receive step-free access and a new ticket hall and concourse thanks to £14 million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund.

I took these pictures today.


  1. The station has two waiting rooms and at least one toilet.
  2. The London-bound platform has a unique cloisters with a glass roof.
  3. A new ticket office and concourse, would improve the look of the station.
  4. Well-designed step-free access improves any station.
  5. The platforms are long.

I think it is a station with the potential to be one of the best.

These are a couple of thoughts.

The Red Bridge At The Eastern End Of The Station

This Google Map shows the station.


  1. The station buildings are in the South-West corner of the map.
  2. The red bridge is in the North-East corner of the map.
  3. Two trains are in the station, with plenty of space at both ends.

Would it be worthwhile and possible to add access to the station from the bridge?

Step-Free Access Between Train And Platform

This picture shows the current access between train and platform.

As the edge of the platforms will probably be realigned, would it be sensible to make the access better?

January 26, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

A Trip Along The Central Line – 26th January 2023

Today, I took a trip on the Central Line from Leyton station in the East to Ealing Broadway station in the West.

The trip was about eleven this morning and one aim was to assess how busy the line was.

For much of the journey between Leyton and Marble Arch, the train had about half the seats taken, but by the time we got to Ealing Broadway, there were only two of us in my carriage.

After arriving, I had a short chat with the cheery Scots lassie, who had driven us across London.

  • She said, that passenger levels had held up on the Central Line, despite the competition from the Elizabeth Line.
  • But she also said that large numbers of passengers transfer from the Elizabeth Line to the Central Line at Stratford in the Morning Peak.
  • She didn’t say, but there is probably an opposite change in the Evening Peak.

With the exception of a couple of ladies with babies in buggies, most passengers were not travelling with any heavy luggage.


January 26, 2023 Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Leyton Station Set For £14m Upgrade

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Waltham Forest Echo.

These paragraphs outline the joint plan for Leyton and Colindale stations.

Leyton Station will receive step-free access and a new ticket hall and concourse thanks to £14 million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund.

The Greater London Authority was awarded more than £43million yesterday for work to make Leyton Station and Colindale Station in Barnet more accessible.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hopes that the work will improve “two pockets of socio-economic deprivation in the capital”.

Waltham Forest Council has insisted for some time that an upgrade to the station is “desperately needed” to expand capacity before thousands of new homes are built nearby.

This project doesn’t seem to be listed on the this page in The Times, which is entitled Levelling Up: Full List Of Winners From Eden Project North To Mini Golf.

This news item from Barnet Council is entitled Barnet Council Leader Welcomes £29.5m Levelling Up Funding For Redeveloping At-Capacity Colindale Tube Station and gives a description of the works proposed at Colindale station.

January 22, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment