Blackhorse Road station

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Blackhorse Road London Underground London Overground
Blackhorse Road stn building.JPG
Station entrance
Blackhorse Road is located in Greater London
Blackhorse Road
Blackhorse Road
Location of Blackhorse Road in Greater London
Location Walthamstow
Local authority London Borough of Waltham Forest
Managed by London Underground
Owner London Underground
Network Rail
Station code BHO
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 6.10 million[1]
2011 Increase 6.47 million[1]
2012 Increase 7.30 million[1]
2013 Increase 7.90 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 69,904[2]
2009–10 Increase 0.184 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 0.445 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 0.669 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.828 million[2]
Key dates
1894 National Rail opened
1968 Victoria line started
1981 BR station resited
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°35′13″N 0°02′29″W / 51.586944°N 0.041389°W / 51.586944; -0.041389

Blackhorse Road station is a London Overground and London Underground station located at the junction of Blackhorse Road/Blackhorse Lane with Forest Road in the Walthamstow neighbourhood of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, London, England. The station is on the Victoria line of the London Underground and is the penultimate station on the eastern end of that line. Above ground, the station is located approximately at the midpoint of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line of the London Overground.

The station is in Travelcard Zone 3[3] and is the least used station on the Victoria line with 6.44 million passengers per year.

Ticket barriers control access to all platforms. Passengers using Oyster cards are required to tap on an interchange Oyster card reader when transferring between the two lines.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 19 July 1894 by the Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway and was originally situated east of Blackhorse Lane. The station was resited on 14 December 1981[4] to provide better interchange with the tube station which had opened on 1 September 1968.

The station today[edit]

Structure[edit]

The station contains two underground platforms for the Victoria line and two for the London Overground. The underground station, like many stations on the Victoria line, was never completely finished.[citation needed] White ceiling panels were never fixed to the ceilings above the platforms; instead the steel tunnel segments were painted black and used to support the fixtures and fittings. This has had a detrimental effect on the lighting levels.

Artwork[edit]

The black horse tile motif at the tube station.

There are two distinct works of art at the station, both depicting black horses, in reference to the station's name. One is in the form of a tile motif depicting a black horse on a white cameo against a light blue background, identical to the Victoria line's colour. It was done by Hans Unger, who also did the tile motif at Seven Sisters tube station. The other is a mural of a black horse outside the station's entrance, by David McFall.[5]

Services[edit]

A 2009 stock train calls at the Victoria line southbound platform at Blackhorse Road. Looking south towards Central London.

During peak periods, trains run approximately every two minutes on the Victoria line (up to 33 trains per hour) in both directions.[6][7]

The typical off-peak service for London Overground (Mondays-Fridays & Sundays) in trains per hour (tph) is:

  • 4 tph westbound to Gospel Oak[8]
  • 4 tph eastbound to Barking[8]

The typical off-peak service for London Overground (Saturdays) in trains per hour (tph) is:

  • 3 tph westbound to Gospel Oak[8]
  • 1 tph westbound to South Tottenham[8]
  • 4 tph eastbound to Barking[8]

Connections[edit]

London Bus routes 123; 158; 230 and W15, and night route N73 serve the station.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Transport for London (December 2014). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ The Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.Connor and B.Halford ISBN 0 947699 17 1
  5. ^ Porter, Laura. "Blackhorse Road". GoLondon. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Victoria line timetable: From Blackhorse Road Underground Station to Walthamstow Central Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Victoria line timetable: From Blackhorse Road Underground Station to Tottenham Hale Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking timetable
  9. ^ "Buses from Blackhorse Road" (PDF). 20 October 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

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Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
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