I took these pictures.as I walked from the current Angel Road station to the works, which could be the construction of the new Meridian Water station.
There is obviously a lot of serious work going on in the area, as some of the trains seem to be slowing appreciably.
But most of the work so far, seems to have been setting up the site, moving the signalling cables and generally clearing up the rubbish.
In West Anglia Route Improvement – Modern Railways March 2017, I mentioned that Crossrail 2 might like to have turnback platform at Enfield Lock station.
As this morning, I turned back myself at Enfield Lock station, as it’s the Freedom Pass limit, I took these pictures.
This Google Map shows the middle of the station.
If you look at the West side of the station by the Down line, you’ll notice the house, which from the pictures could be a candidate for demolition.
So I do think, it might be possible to squeeze an extra platform, by the Down Line.
This Google Map shows the Southern end of the platforms.
The space available would certainly be enough for an extra platform, but will there be enough for two fast lines between the current Up Line and the houses?
I suspect that there is, if the current lines could be moved slightly to the West.
But as at Tottenham Hale and Brimsdown, fitting the two fast lines through \Enfield Lock, is going to need a cunning plan.
I took these pictures of the works between Lea Bridge and Enfield Lock stations from the 09:06 train from Lea Bridge.
Work seems to be progressing.
- It looks like the area to the South of the Chingford Line is being levelled.
- The route of the Hall Farm Curve is being cleared.
- The level crossing at Coppermill Lane has been closed.
- The bridges are being rebuilt to take at least a single-track.
- The track-bed appears to be being created.
Incidentally, there still isn’t any sign of any overhead line equipment.
This article in the Barnet and Whetstone Press is entitled Transport Blow To Meridian Water Development.
This is said.
THE council has admitted spending nearly £200,000 on an unsuccessful judicial review into a transport decision that could drastically undermine its vision for the multi-million pound Meridian Water housing development.
In September last year, the Department for Transport told rail companies thinking of bidding for the franchise through Angel Road railway station, in Edmonton, that a successful bid would not have to guarantee a minimum of four trains an hour.
You don’t call for a judicial review lightly and as Enfield lost, I suspect they were none to pleased with the Department of Transport and the various rail companies.
I then found this article on 21st Century Rail, whih is entitled Network Rail needs to get a grip of GRIP.
This is how the article starts.
Network Rail’s infrastructure upgrade process has been severely criticised by one of Enfield Borough’s leading planners.
The Meridian Water project is part of the borough’s wider regeneration plan for the Lea Valley area, which involves re-siting and constructing a new Angel Road station – to be renamed Meridian Water – and installing a third track between there and Stratford.
It then contains a fairly savage attack on Network Rail’s planning process.
The article does include this about plans for the Stratford – Angel Road train service.
It is part of Network Rail’s wider STAR project (Stratford-Tottenham-Angel Road) to increase capacity on WAML (the West Anglia mainline). The third track will run for about five miles; Network Rail is working with the DfT to increase the number of trains to four per hour (tph). Between 2019 and 2024, WAML will be widened to take four tracks and the capacity increased to handle 8tph. If Crossrail 2 is built, capacity will be doubled again to 16tph by 2030.
But it does seem that relations between Enfield Council and Network Rail and the other rail companies could be better.
Ironically, when Greater Anglia received their new trains on this route, their increased performance and reduced station dwell time, might mean they could do the required extra stops for STAR at Angel Road station, without the closure of Northumberland Park level crossing.
But it will have to be closed at some time.
And this Google Map shows the Lea Valley from the North Circular Road in the North almost to Tottenhsm Hale in the South.
- Tesco and IKEA are in the middle of the Meridian Water site with the West Anglia Main Line and the main North South road to their West.
- The River Lea and the River Lea Navigation Canal pass between the Meridian Water site and the Banbury Reservoir.
With the building of Meridian Water, traffic in the area is only going to get worse.
The main North-South route shown in the second map starts North of Enfield Lock, where it has rather dodgy connections to the M25 and is generally a single carriageway road, all the way to the Tottenham Hale Gyratory, where traffic is heavy at all times.
One problem is going or coming West from this North-South route, as vehicles need to cross the West Anglia Main Line.
Starting from the North, the crossings of the railway are as follows.
- A level crossing at Enfield Lock station.
- A level crossing at Brimsdown station.
- A bridge for the A110
- A bridge at Conduit Lane, just North of the current Angel Road station.
- The North Circular Road, which is not well-connected to the North-South route.
- A bridge at Leeside Road, just South of the proposed site of Meridian Water station.
- A level crossing at Northumberland Park station.
Another bridge over the railway delivers you into the jams at Topttenham Hale.
STAR is currently envisaged to provide a seven-day-a-week services of four trains per hour (tph) between Angel Road and Stratford with calls at Northumberland Park, Tottenham Hale and Lea Bridge stations.
However the current local service up the Lea Valley from Stratford goes to Hertford East and Bishops Stortford stations with a rather erratic stopping pattern at stations North of Tottenham Hale.
So will STAR be based on these services or a separate train turning back at Meridian Water station?
But whatever happens it will increase the number of trains through Northumberland Park station.
It has now been announced in the last few weeks, that the level crossing will be closed.
Drivers wanting to go across the level crossing, following the closure will now do one of the following.
- Go South and over the railway to Tottenham Hale.
- Go North and cross the railway on the Leeside Road bridge.
They could always use the train.
I think the following would help mitigate the loss of the crossing.
- Some road improvement at the junction of Leeside Road and the North-South road.
- A decent pedestrian route between the new Meridian Water station and Glover Drive for Tesco and IKEA.
- The STAR service going North from Meridian Water station, as well as South to Stratford.
Hopefully, it will all be clear by the end of 2018.
After reading Colin’s comment to the recent Angel Road station post and looking at the FAQ on the Meridian Water web site., I created this Google Map of the area along Willoughby Lane, from Northumberland Park station to the other side of the railway from IKEA.
Willoughby Lane is actually a road that starts at Northumberland Park station and then goes Northwards to the two bus stops.
I feel that the new station, which will be called Meridian Water will be built on the large clear site, between the Northernmost bus stop and the railway.
These are some pictures of the that site taken on 1st March 2017.
This is a Google Map of the site.
- I used a private helicopter flying low over the area or in more common parlance the top deck of a 341 bus going to IKEA.
- The entrance to the site is off Leeside Road.
- The railway runs North-South.
- Fences leading from the entrance road go right up to the West side of the railway.
- The works to create the third track for STAR are clearly visible.
- A large area seemed to be fenced off off on the East side of the Railway.
- The Leeside Bridge seems a substantial modern structure.
- IKEA and Tesco to the East of the railway and the Angel Edmonton Road.
I remember the station site as a gas works and these sites are often very polluted. So perhaps building a station on the top and adding car parking might be easier than building houses, unless it’s a few signature tower blocks, which would have superb views of the Lea Valley.
It’s certainly going to be profitable for the developers.
This is from the Infrastructure page on the Meridian Water web site.
It is not very often London gets a brand new rail station, but Meridian Water Station will open in 2019, unlocking the area for commuters, taking passengers south directly to Stratford London and London Liverpool Street and north to Stansted and Cambridge.
The station, which will be built on the Willoughby Lane site and replace the existing and poorly accessible Angel Road station, will provide a much improved rail connection for Enfield residents with a more frequent service into central London.
This site North of Leeside Road is probably a much better-located site than that of the current station.
- There is a lot of space, which might enable car parking and a turnback platform.
- It is just off the main North-South road.
- It is close to IKEA and Tesco and pedestrian access between the two would surely be possible.
This visualisation is from the Meridian Water web site.
- It doesn’t look to be a station built on the cheap.
- The Crossrail symbol on the station.
- Are we looking North or South in the visualisation.
I suspect that what gets built could be rather different and a lot better with perhaps a continuous garden bridge from West of railway to Glover Drive, where Tesco and IKEA are situated.
This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the lines at Stratford.
Note Temple Mills East Junction at the Northern (top) end of the map.
If you go North from here, you are on the Temple Mills Branch of the West Anglia Main Line and you will pass through Lea Bridge station and Coppermill Junction before you reach Tottenham Hale station.
Go South from that Junction and you pass the crossover of Olympic Park Junction, cross over the Eastern End of Stratford International station and then arrive in Platforms 11 and 12 at Stratford station.
Platform 11 is used for the current two trains per hour (tph) that go up and down the West Anglia Main Line, but Platform 12 is currently just giving out messages saying “I’m Free!”
Platforms like these can generally handle four tph, as they do at stations like Highbury and Islington or Dalston Junction. But is a capacity of eight tph enough if some Stansted and Cambridge services are added to the mix at Stratford?
But there may be other possibilities!
On the map in this post, look at the lines to the North-West of Platform 11 and 12 at Stratford station and how they curve round the Eastfield Shopping Centre and Stratford International station.
The main route is called the High Meads Loop and this picture taken from a Docklands Light Railway train to Stratford Internation station, shows the twin-track loop.
Southbound trains from Tottenham Hale could do the following.
- Call at Platform 1 in Lea Bridge station.
- Call in Plastform 11 at Stratford station.
- Go round the High Meads Loop and past the Stratford International DLR station.
- Rejoin the Temple Mills Branch on the Down Line at Temple Mills East Junction.
- Call at Platform 2 in Lea Bridge station.
The train has been turned round using the High Meads Loop, after a stop at Stratford station.
So do trains currently take this route?
On this page in RailForums, this was said in a post made in 2006.
Another option is the use of Channelsea Junction and the High Meads loop to turn trains at Stratford. I’ve managed to go from Stansted Airport to Stratford and back again without changing ends using that particular route before now.
I would assume from the words, the poster of the information is a driver. So they should know!
Channelsea Junction is clearly shown on the map in this post.
I have a few questions, that should be answered.
Is The Route Bi-Directional?
I suspect it is and trains would call in the unused Platform 12 at Stratford station. As I said in Platforms 11 and 12 At Stratford,
Trains stopping in Platform 12, will have a very simple step-free access to the London Overground services in Platforms 1 and 2.
My personal view, would be that services using the loop called in Platform 12, as that would give me easy access from the North London Line from where I live.
But going round this way through Platform 12 at Stratford would mean that trains would have to cross on the flat at Temple Mills East Junction.
How Long Are Platforms 11 and 12 at Stratford?
They certainly accept an eight-car train as they do now, but would they accept a twelve-car one?
If they can’t and it would be needed to accept Greater Anglia’s new Stadler Flirts for the Stansted Express, there would appear to be space to lengthen the platforms, at the Temple Mills End.
What Services Could Use This Loop?
I suspect any service arriving at Stratford from the West Anglia Main Line, that needed to be turned back, could use this route.
- Angel Road using the new STAR service.
- Bishops Stortford
- Chingford using the Hall Farm Curve.
- Hertford East
- Stansted Airport
That is a very comprehensive list.
But the capacity of the loop could be at least as high as the similar Wirral Loop in Liverpool, which handles 12 tph or just one train every five minutes.
Could A Station Be Built On The Loop To Serve Stratford International?
If it could, it would ease one of London’s truly dreadful transport issues. How do you get to Stratford International station without walking a long way or going through Eastfield?
Can Services Using Platforms 11 and 12 At Stratford Access The North London Line?
As there is a triangular junction connecting the North London Line, the High Meads Loop and Platforms 11 and 12 at Stratford, a lot of services are possible, if they are needed.
But for the time being a good step-free interchange between Angel Road, Chingford and other services from the West Anglia Main Line to the North London Line services at Stratford is all that could be needed.
If High Meads Loop services called in Platform 12 at Stratford, that would be an ideal solution.
Do Any Other Services Use The Temple Mills Branch?
I’m not saying they don’t, but I’ve never a freight train go through Platform 11 or 12 at |Stratford or Tottenham Hale or Lea Bridge station.
But I have seen an engineering train at Coppermill Junction and empty stock needs to get in and out of Temple Mills Depot.
Trains arriving at Stratford station on the Temple Mills Branch of the West Anglia Main Line can call at Stratford station and go straight back from whence they came using the High Meads Loop.
One positive effect would be that however many trains went round the High Meads Loop, all could call at the following stations.
- Platform 1 at Lea Bridge station
- Platform 11 or 12 at Stratford station
- A platform at Stratford International station, if it were to be built.
- Platform 2 at Lea Bridge station
Look at the service that Lea Bridge station gets to and from Stratford.
Angel Road station is not the easiest to get to, with about two trains per day. This one of the reasons, that STAR is being built to increase the number of trains to Angel Road station to four trains per hour (tph).
This morning, I took the 0:36 from Lea Bridge station, which arrived at Angel Road at 08:48.
After taking a few pictures, I crossed the line on the footbriodge and took the 08:52 South to Tottenham Hale station.
These are the pictures I took.
This Google Map shows the station.
Angel Road is not an attractive station.
- The recycling plant to the West of the station doesn’t help.
- But it does have plenty of space.
- There is space behind Platform 1 to put a bay platform to act as the Northern terminus for the STAR service.
- The station could be within walking distance of the Edmonton Premier Inn, the Tesco Superstore and IKEA.
- But as the current entrance to the station is on Conduit Lane, you wouldn’t start from there.
Under Future in the Wikipedia entry for the station, this is said.
The London Borough of Enfield announced in January 2014 that the station being an integral part of the proposed Meridian Water development would be turned into a ‘thriving’ new hub and renamed as Meridian Water. The £3.5 billion project is being supported with funds from the Greater London Authority and Enfield Council, and will create up to 10,000 homes, meaning improvements to the railway station will be carried out to cope with the increase in patronage.
Hopefully, the station will be transformed, very much for the better.
Crossrail 2 will call at Angel Road station.
In the March 2017 Edition of Modern Railways, it was said that the designers of Crossrail 2 were looking at the possibility of a turnback platform at Tottenham Hale station.
But would this turnback platform be easier to build at Angel Road station?
Certainly, the space and the scrapyard at the current Angel Road station have interesting development possibilities.
Meridian Water Station
After reading Colin’s comment to the original post, I have created a new post about Meridian Water station.
I took these pictures at Cheshunt station.
This Google Map shows the layout of the station.
The station is very much a gateway to the Lea Valley Country Park and it could be difficult to find a by-pass for the level crossing.
I think putting two extra tracks through the station could be difficult.
- ,The space is a bit narrow.
- The level crossing will probably have to stay.
- A lot of express trains stop, so that passengers can change to the London Overground.
Perhaps the solution is to do something like the following.
- Extend the London Overground service to Broxbourne station, where there is space for extra platforms.
- Stop fast services calling at Cheshunt station.
- Move the two slow tracks Westward a bit, to create space for the two new lines on the Eastern side.
I also think, that extending the Overground to Broxbourne would make Broxbourne station an even better interchange.