Leyton Midland Road railway station
|Leyton Midland Road|
Temporary ticket office near the station entrance (out of shot)
Location of Leyton Midland Road in Greater London
|Local authority||Waltham Forest|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1894||Opened as "Leyton"|
|1 May 1949||Renamed "Leyton Midland Road"|
|6 May 1968||Goods yard closed|
|Lists of stations|
Leyton Midland Road is a London Overground station in Leyton of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, between Walthamstow Queen's Road and Leytonstone High Road stations and is in Travelcard Zone 3.
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.
The station was renamed on 1 May 1949 to its current name. The goods yard was just beyond the station, and closed on 6 May 1968. Like Leytonstone High Road and Wanstead Park, the booking office here was built into the viaduct arch, but by the 1980s all the old buildings had gone, although the Greater London Council built a new booking office on Midland Road itself. A few years later that was closed, as like other stations it became unstaffed, and it too was demolished.
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[when?] won an award for outstanding service to passengers. The station also contains help points and automatic ticket gates have now been installed. Controversially, the Midland Road entrance is now closed.
Services and connections
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. Electrification of the line has been finally approved after a long campaign and is anticipated for 2017. This will though see services from the station suspended for 8 months (June 2016 - February 2017) whilst the work is carried out.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Barking to Gospel Oak Rail User Group - A Short History of the Line
- Transport for London (January 2016). Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 January 2015.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 142. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- London 1914-17: The Zeppelin Menace, Ian Castle, Christa Hook, Osprey Publishing 2008, p.30
- Leyton Midland Road Rail Station
- Leyton Midland Road (LEM)
- Closure of Midland Road entrance
- "London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line timetable" (PDF). Transport for London. December 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/15409.aspx Archived 26 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Leyton Midland Road Rail Station - Bus
- ‘Overcrowded’ trains danger on Gospel Oak to Barking line
- "CP5 Enhancements Delivery Plan June 2015" (PDF). Network Rail. June 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
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|Preceding station||London Overground||Following station|
towards Gospel Oak
|Gospel Oak to Barking Line||
|Walthamstow Queen's Road||Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway||Leytonstone High Road|