Angel Road railway station

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Angel Road National Rail
Edmonton, Angel Road railway station - - 848642.jpg
Angel Road is located in Greater London
Angel Road
Angel Road
Location of Angel Road in Greater London
Location Edmonton
Local authority London Borough of Enfield
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Station code AGR
DfT category F2
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 Increase 28,646[1]
2011–12 Decrease 28,242[1]
2012–13 Increase 63,040[1]
2013–14 Increase 83,714[1]
2014–15 Increase 85,770[1]
Key dates
1840 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
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WGS84 51°36′42″N 0°02′58″W / 51.6118°N 0.0495°W / 51.6118; -0.0495Coordinates: 51°36′42″N 0°02′58″W / 51.6118°N 0.0495°W / 51.6118; -0.0495

Angel Road railway station is in the London Borough of Enfield at Edmonton, and is in Travelcard Zone 4, on the Tottenham Hale branch of the Lea Valley Lines. The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. It is partially beneath the A406 road flyover of Meridian Way. The station is accessed via a footpath from Conduit Lane, another flyover to the north.

The station requires no help desk staff. Its immediate surroundings being entirely of non-manufacturing industrial and former gas works use, is the second-least used in London on 2012/13 figures, after Sudbury & Harrow Road railway station.[2]


Angel Road is only served by a number of trains every weekday to and from Stratford. No services operate at the station on weekends or public holidays.



The station was opened on 15 September 1840 by the Northern and Eastern Railway as Edmonton although it was situated 0.75 miles (1.21 km) from the village.[3]

The Northern and Eastern Railway was leased by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1844 who took over operation of the line. The line was initially laid to a gauge of 5 ft (1,524 mm) but already this had been identified as non standard and between 5 September and 7 October 1844 the whole network was re-laid to 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge.

The station was renamed as Water Lane on 1 March 1849 by the Eastern Counties Railway when the station became a junction station with the branch to Lower Edmonton (low level) railway station to the north west being opened.[4]

The station was taken over by the Great Eastern Railway in 1862 and renamed Angel Road on 1 January 1864. It had a small goods yard to the west of the station and Tottenham Gas works were located to the south of the station.[5]

It became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the grouping of 1923.

Regular passenger services ceased on the Lower Edmonton Low Level line in 1939 although it was still used as a diversionary route.

The station then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

Freight services ceased in 1964 on the Lower Edmonton Low Level line and the line was lifted the following year.

The Lea Valley line between Copper Mill Junction and Cheshunt was electrified at 25 kV in 1969.[6]

When sectorisation was introduced in 1986, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Railways.

Since 1990[edit]

Track and signals[edit]

In 1994 management of the nationally owned track and signals passed here as with most of the UK to Railtrack succeeded by Network Rail in 2004.

In August 2002 signalling control for the relevant section of track was transferred to the Liverpool Street Integrated Electronic Control Centre (IECC).[7]


On the privatisation of the UK's railways in 1994 operation of the station was allocated to a business unit before being taken over by West Anglia Great Northern (WAGN) in January 1997 at the time owned by Prism Rail. National Express acquired the franchise holder in July 2000.

The WAGN franchise was replaced in 2003 by the One franchise later renamed National Express East Anglia.

In February 2012 operation of the station changed once again with Abellio Greater Anglia taking over the franchise.


The London Borough of Enfield announced in January 2014 that the station being an integral part of the proposed Meridian Water development would be turned into a 'thriving' new hub and renamed as Meridian Water.[8] The £3.5 million project is being supported with funds from the Greater London Authority and Enfield Council,[9] and will create up to 10,000 homes, meaning improvements to the railway station will be carried out to cope with the increase in patronage.[10]


  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. ^ "London's ten least busy National Rail stations (2011/12) - diamond geezer". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  3. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 61 page 11 Dave Taylor January 1990
  4. ^ Catford, Nick. "Lower Edmonton Low Level". Disused Stations site record. Nick Catford. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 61 page 11 Dave Taylor January 1990
  6. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 122 pages 25 Rodger Green April 2005
  7. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 135 page 14 Chris Cook(photo caption) July 2008
  8. ^ London Borough of Enfield rail improvements Archived 6 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 23 September 2014
  9. ^ News report Retrieved 28 March 2014
  10. ^

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Northumberland Park   Abellio Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
  Enfield Lock
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Line 2
towards Hertford East
National Rail National Rail
Northumberland Park   Abellio Greater Anglia
Lea Valley Lines
Historical railways
Northumberland Park   Great Eastern Railway
Lea Valley Lines
  Lower Edmonton (Low Level)
Line and station closed