Although the railway crosses over the London Underground's Central line almost immediately north west of the station, there is no direct interchange - Leytonstone station is about a 10-minute walk away. Despite the distance, travellers using Oyster cards can make the interchange as part of a single journey.
Opened on 9 July 1894 as part of the Tottenham & Forest Gate Railway. Originally, wagons were lowered from the arches to the ground-level goods yard by means of a hydraulic hoist. The original wooden platform buildings were destroyed by fire in the 1950s.