Angel Road railway station

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Angel Road National Rail
Angel Road stn entrance.JPG
The sole entrance on Conduit Lane
Angel Road is located in Greater London
Angel Road
Angel Road
Location of Angel Road in Greater London
Location Edmonton
Local authority Enfield
Managed by Greater Anglia
Station code AGR
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05   17,074[1]
2005–06 Decrease 15,786[1]
2006–07 Increase 16,368[1]
2007–08 Increase 32,090[1]
2008–09 Increase 32,394[1]
2009–10 Decrease 26,960[1]
2010–11 Increase 28,646[1]
2011–12 Decrease 28,242[2][1]
2012–13 Increase 63,040[1]
Key dates
1840 Opened
Other information
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External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°36′42″N 0°02′58″W / 51.6118°N 0.0495°W / 51.6118; -0.0495

Angel Road railway station - the second-least used station in London[3] - is in the London Borough of Enfield at Edmonton, and is in Travelcard Zone 4, on the Tottenham Hale branch of the Lea Valley Lines. The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Greater Anglia. It is partially located beneath the A406 road (which is named Angel Road at that point). Due to reconstruction of the A406 in the mid-1990s (involving grade-separation), the station no longer has an entrance on Angel Road, with the only access via a footpath running south from Conduit Lane to the north. The station is unstaffed.

Services[edit]

Prior to December 2005 the typical off-peak service from the station was one train per hour to Bishop's Stortford and one train per hour to London Liverpool Street.

As a result of timetable changes Angel Road is now served by one train every weekday to and from Liverpool Street and 10 trains every weekday to and from Stratford. There is no service on weekdays before 05:55, between 10:00 and 15:45, or after 20:00, and no service at weekends or public holidays.

Connections[edit]

London Buses Route 341 serve the station.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 15 September 1840 by the Northern and Eastern Railway as Edmonton although it was situated ¾ mile from the village.[4]

The Northern and Eastern Railway was leased by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1844 who took over operation of the line. The line was initially laid to a gauge of 5 ft (1,524 mm) but already this had been identified as non standard and between 5 September and 7 October 1844 the whole network was re-laid to 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge.

The station was renamed as Water Lane on 1 March 1849 by the Eastern Counties Railway when the station became a junction station with the branch to Lower Edmonton (low level) railway station to the north west being opened.[5]

The station was taken over by the Great Eastern Railway in 1862 and renamed Angel Road on 1 January 1864. It had a small goods yard to the west of the station and Tottenham Gas works were located to the south of the station.[6]

It became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923.

Regular passenger services ceased on the Lower Edmonton Low Level line in 1939 although it was still used as a diversionary route.

The station then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

Freight services ceased in 1964 on the Lower Edmonton Low Level line and the line was lifted the following year.

The Lea Valley line between Copper Mill Junction and Cheshunt was electrified at 25 kV in 1969.[7]

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the Privatisation of British Railways.

Recent history[edit]

With the privatization of the UK's railways in 1994 operation of the station was initially allocated to a business unit which succeeded the old British Railways structure before being taken over by West Anglia Great Northern (WAGN) in January 1997. Initially owned by Prism Rail, National Express took over operation in July 2000. In 1994 responsibility for the operational infrastructure passed to Railtrack.

In August 2002 signalling control was transferred to the Liverpool Street Integrated Electronic Control Centre (IECC).[8]

The WAGN franchise was replaced in 2003 by the 'One' franchise although this was renamed National Express East Anglia.

The following year following financial difficulties Railtrack was replaced by Network Rail.

In February 2012 operation of the station changed once again with Dutch group Abellio winning the franchise.

It was announced in January 2014 by the London Borough of Enfield that the station would be turned into a 'thriving' new hub. The £3.5 million project due to be completed within the next five years is being supported with funds from the Greater London Authority and Enfield Council.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "Estimates of station usage". Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  3. ^ "London's ten least busy National Rail stations (2011/12) - diamond geezer". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  4. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 61 page 11 Dave Taylor January 1990
  5. ^ Catford, Nick. "Lower Edmonton Low Level". Disused Stations site record. Nick Catford. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 61 page 11 Dave Taylor January 1990
  7. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 122 pages 25 Rodger Green April 2005
  8. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 135 page 14 Chris Cook(photo caption) July 2008
  9. ^ News report Retrieved 28 March 2014

External links[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Northumberland Park   Greater Anglia
Lea Valley Lines
West Anglia Main Line
  Ponders End
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Crossrail
Line 2
towards Hertford East
Historical railways
Northumberland Park   Great Eastern Railway
Lea Valley Lines
  Lower Edmonton (Low Level)
Line and station closed