Maryland railway station
Location of Maryland in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Newham|
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||4|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|6 January 1873||Opened as Maryland Point|
|28 October 1940||Renamed Maryland|
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Maryland railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line serving the locality of Maryland in the London Borough of Newham, east London. It is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Stratford and Forest Gate. Its three-letter station code is MYL and it is in fare zone 3.
The station was opened in 1873 as Maryland Point by the Great Eastern Railway. It was renamed Maryland in 1940. The station is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia. Train services call at Maryland as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service. From 2018, the station will be fully served by Crossrail, linking Maryland to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport. The Crossrail service will initially replace the Shenfield-Liverpool Street "metro" from May 2015.
The station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway on 6 January 1873 with the name Maryland Point, and was fully rebuilt in 1891 when line capacity was quadrupled. Its name was shortened to Maryland on 28 October 1940. Of the four platforms, only the two serving the "metro" lines are in regular operation, the others being used only when necessary during engineering works or temporary train path diversions.
The station is one of the primary rail access points for the residential areas in the north of Stratford and the south of Leytonstone in east London. The area surrounding the station has seen much redevelopment in the 21st century, with ongoing improvements underway related to the nearby Olympic Park. Notably, the "twisted clock" timepiece/sculpture formerly installed outside Stratford station was relocated to Maryland.
Maryland was closed between 27 July and 12 August 2012, during the 2012 Olympic Games, as it would have been unable to cope with the large numbers of spectators who would have used it to access the venues nearby at the Olympic Park.
The typical off-peak service is of six trains per hour to London Liverpool Street, and six to Shenfield. On Sundays two trains an hour of these services run, with the addition of an hourly Southend Victoria service. The services are currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.
Maryland was added to the planned Crossrail route in August 2006, after campaigning by Newham Council, the London Transport Users Committee and others. The platforms are too short for Crossrail's ten-carriage trains, and extending them is prevented by geographical constraints. Crossrail has therefore committed to providing a full service, making use of selective door operation such that doors on some end carriages will not open at Maryland. An agreement was also reached about improving access to the station. Crossrail trains are due to replace the present "metro" service in May 2015.
In May 2012, operator Abellio Greater Anglia announced the start of a £500,000 investment programme for Maryland, including redecoration, re-roofing of platform canopies, and repairs to guttering. Further upgrading of the station is expected in preparation for the arrival of full Crossrail services in 2018.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- The Newham Story: Maryland Point
- "News in Brief", The Times, 23 October 1940, p. 2.
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|Abellio Greater Anglia|
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