Angel Road railway station

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Angel Road National Rail
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Class 317 train on platform 1
Angel Road is located in Greater London
Angel Road
Angel Road
Location of Angel Road in Greater London
LocationEdmonton
Local authorityLondon Borough of Enfield
Managed byGreater Anglia
Station codeAGR
DfT categoryF2
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 83,714[1]
2014–15Increase 85,770[1]
2015–16Decrease 27,754[1]
2016–17Increase 33,544[1]
2017–18Decrease 32,938[1]
Key dates
15 September 1840Opened as Edmonton[2]
1 March 1849Renamed Water Lane[3]
1 January 1864Renamed Angel Road[2]
May 2019Proposed closure
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Angel Road railway station is on the Lea Valley line that forms part of the West Anglia Main Line, located in Edmonton in the London Borough of Enfield, north London. It is 7 miles 57 chains (12.4 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Northumberland Park and Ponders End. Its three-letter station code is AGR and it is in Travelcard zone 4.

The station and all trains serving it are operated by Greater Anglia. It is partially beneath the A406 flyover of Meridian Way. The station is accessed via a footpath from Conduit Lane, another flyover to the north. Its immediate surroundings are non-manufacturing industrial businesses and a former gas works.

In 2016/17 it was the least-used station in London, with an estimated 33,500 passenger entries/exits. Network Rail has proposed closing Angel Road once the nearby Meridian Water station opens in May 2019.

History[edit]

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.[2]

The Northern and Eastern Railway was leased by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1844, which 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, with a branch to Lower Edmonton to the north-west being opened.[3]

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 and the Tottenham gas works were located to the south.[2]

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

Regular passenger services ceased on the Lower Edmonton 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 line and that route was lifted the following year.

The Lea Valley line between Copper Mill Junction and Cheshunt was electrified at 25 kV in 1969.[4] Prior to the completion of electrification in 1969, passenger services between Cheshunt and London through Angel Road were normally operated by Class 125 diesel multiple units (which had been purpose-built for the line in 1958).

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

In 1994 management of the nationally-owned track and signals passed to Railtrack, which was 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).[5]

Management companies[edit]

Following privatisation in 1994 management 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.

Services[edit]

Angel Road is served by a small number of trains on weekdays only, to and from Stratford in east London. No services call on weekends or public holidays.

Planned closure[edit]

The London Borough of Enfield announced in January 2014 that a brand new station, being an integral part of the proposed Meridian Water development, would be constructed and named as "Meridian Water".[6] A new station is required to cope with the expected increase in patronage associated with the project.[7]

Under the proposals, Angel Road station will close and be replaced by Meridian Water station, some 600 metres (660 yd) to the south-west. The new station is expected to open in May 2019.[8] In August 2018, the Department for Transport began a consultation on the proposal to close Angel Road.[9][10]

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. ^ a b c d Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 61 page 11 Dave Taylor January 1990
  3. ^ a b Catford, Nick. "Lower Edmonton Low Level". Disused Stations site record. Nick Catford. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  4. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 122 pages 25 Rodger Green April 2005
  5. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 135 page 14 Chris Cook(photo caption) July 2008
  6. ^ London Borough of Enfield rail improvements Archived 6 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 23 September 2014
  7. ^ "10,000 homes to be built in Lee Valley to ease 'crisis'". BBC News. 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  8. ^ Marshall, Geoff. "Meridian Water Station Under Construction". Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  9. ^ [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734046/angel-road-station-closure-notice.pdf
  10. ^ [1]

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External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Northumberland Park   Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
Weekdays only
  Ponders End
  Historical railways  
Northumberland Park   Great Eastern Railway
Lea Valley Lines
  Lower Edmonton (Low Level)
Line and station closed