Leyton Midland Road railway station

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Leyton Midland Road London Overground
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Leyton Midland Road is located in Greater London
Leyton Midland Road
Leyton Midland Road
Location of Leyton Midland Road in Greater London
Location Leyton
Local authority Waltham Forest
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code LEM
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Increase 0.309 million[1]
2009–10 Increase 0.303 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 0.501 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 0.749 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.952 million[1]
Key dates
1894 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°34′09″N 0°00′26″W / 51.5693°N 0.0072°W / 51.5693; -0.0072

Leyton Midland Road is a railway station in Leyton, on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, between Walthamstow Queen's Road and Leytonstone High Road stations.

The station is managed by London Overground, and is in Zone 3. The service has been improved in stages to four trains an hour, weekdays and weekends except late evenings when it goes down to two trains an hour.[2]

History[edit]

Opened on 9 July 1894 as part of the Tottenham & Forest Gate Railway and was originally just called "Leyton".[3][4] On 17 August 1915, three explosive bombs from the German Zeppelin L.10 landed on or near the station, destroying the ticket office, a billiard hall in the arches under the platform and damaging several houses nearby. Four people were killed.[5] The station was renamed Leyton Midland Road on 1 May 1949.[3]

Since the takeover by London Overground the station has benefited from a major refit including deep clean, new signing, a ticket machine and additional waiting shelters. The community garden which was started by members of the GOBLIN support group is tended by station staff now, one of whom recently won an award for outstanding service to passengers.. Automatic ticket gates have now been installed and, controversially, the Midland Road entrance now closed.

In common with other stations on the line, usage has greatly increased in recent years, following improvements in train services and the reintroduction of station staff, and peak-hour overcrowding of the two-car diesel trains is now a major issue.[citation needed] Electrification of the line has been finally approved after a long campaign and is anticipated for 2017.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 69; 97; W16 and night route N26 serve the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/15409.aspx
  3. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 142. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ http://www.barking-gospeloak.org.uk/history.htm
  5. ^ London 1914-17: The Zeppelin Menace, Ian Castle, Christa Hook, Osprey Publishing 2008, p.30

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
towards Gospel Oak
Gospel Oak to Barking Line
towards Barking
  Disused Railways  
Walthamstow Queen's Road   Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway   Leytonstone High Road