Chingford railway station

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Chingford National Rail
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Chingford is located in Greater London
Chingford
Chingford
Location of Chingford in Greater London
Location Chingford
Local authority Waltham Forest
Managed by Greater Anglia
Station code CHI
Number of platforms 3
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 1.316 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 1.226 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 1.320 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.391 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 1.492 million[2]
Key dates
1873 Opened
1878 Relocated
Other information
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External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°37′59″N 0°00′34″E / 51.6331°N 0.0094°E / 51.6331; 0.0094

Chingford railway station is at the end of Greater Anglia's Chingford Branch Line and part of the Lea Valley Lines network. It is on the edge of Epping Forest, and serves the suburb of Chingford in North-east London.

History[edit]

The Eastern Counties Railway had begun its venture into a main line railway that would head north to compete with the Great Northern. Limited funds and incessant squabbling had slowed its progress. After the merger with several other lines, the ECR became part of the Great Eastern Railway. The GER planned a network of lines to serve countryside around London by its Metropolitan Station and Railways Act of 1864. It also planned a line to High Beach, to serve Epping Forest, which reached a terminus in Bull Lane, Chingford, in 1873. In 1878 the little station near to the village green was replaced by a much more grandiose station on the very edge of town, overlooking the forest. The extension of the railway by only 600 yards to a place far less useful to the local population was an attempt to trap tourist traffic to the forest, and to stimulate suburban growth in the fields surrounding it. The line was doubled and the new station built as a through station, with its platforms and tracks leading out onto an embankment ready to leap across the newly named Station Road and enter the forest.

The railway fostered new interest in the forest as a destination and the popularity of this Crown land and its impending loss to development was not unnoticed. In 1882 Queen Victoria came by train to Chingford and declared the forest open to the public forever. The railway that had encouraged so much interest and carried the Royal party to the very edge of town was now stumped as any new development on the forest lands would be strictly controlled. However, the Chingford Rise Estate company developed land to the south with large villas, some of which now sell for over £1 million.

Chingford became a commuter terminal and was eventually truncated to make way for a bus station. The line no longer towers over the forest, but hides quietly behind the bustle of Station Road, its electric trains now transporting workers into the city rather than helping the masses to escape it.

The station building is relatively unchanged since its 1878 construction, and still carries the grandeur that accompanied the railway schemes of the late 19th century.

The line was electrified in the late 1950s with electric services commencing on 12 November 1960. Early services were formed of Class 305 EMUs but initial technical problems with these saw replacements by Class 302 and Class 304 EMUs.[3]

There is a plastic owl in the underside of the canopy over platform two, just outside the newsagent's, an attempt to stop pigeons landing there. Ticket barriers were installed in 2011.

On 31 May 2015 the station, along with the Lea Valley Lines services, will transfer from Abellio Greater Anglia to London Overground Rail Operations.[4][5]

Connections[edit]

London Buses Routes 97, 179, 212, 313, 379, 385, 397, 444 and Night Route N26 and Non London Bus Route 505 serve the station.

Services[edit]

The maximum length of train is eight carriages.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London and South East" (pdf). National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. 
  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. ^ Baker, John (July 1993). "Great Eastern section Electrification part 6". Great Eastern Journal (75): 29. 
  4. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  5. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014

External links[edit]

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