Walthamstow Central station

Coordinates: 51°34′59″N 0°01′11″W / 51.583056°N 0.019722°W / 51.583056; -0.019722
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Walthamstow Central London Underground London Overground
Entrance on Selborne Road
Walthamstow Central is located in Greater London
Walthamstow Central
Walthamstow Central
Location of Walthamstow Central in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Waltham Forest
Managed byLondon Overground
London Underground
OwnerNetwork Rail
London Underground
Station codeWHC
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4
AccessibleYes(London Overground only) [1][2]
Fare zone3
OSIWalthamstow Queen's Road London Overground[3]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2017Decrease 9.59 million[4]
2018Increase 17.12 million[5]
2019Increase 18.92 million[6]
2020Decrease 10.44 million[7]
2021Decrease 7.91 million[8]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2017–18Increase 4.358 million[9]
2018–19Increase 4.719 million[9]
2019–20Decrease 4.396 million[9]
2020–21Decrease 1.260 million[9]
2021–22Increase 2.900 million[9]
Key dates
26 April 1870[10]Opened (GER)
1 September 1968Opened (Victoria line)
Other information
External links
WGS8451°34′59″N 0°01′11″W / 51.583056°N 0.019722°W / 51.583056; -0.019722
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Walthamstow Central /ˈwɔːlθəmst, ˈwɒl-/ is a London Underground and London Overground interchange station in the town of Walthamstow in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, north-east London. It is the northern terminus of the Victoria line following Blackhorse Road and is the second of five stations on the Chingford branch of the Lea Valley lines operated by London Overground since 2015, 6 miles 16 chains (10.0 km) from London Liverpool Street between St. James Street and Wood Street. The two lines have separate platforms at different levels.

The station is in Travelcard Zone 3. It linked to Walthamstow Queen's Road station on the Gospel Oak to Barking line by a broad footpath, Ray Dudley Way. Walthamstow Central is the closest tube station to Walthamstow Market, the longest outdoor market in Europe.


The station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) as Hoe Street in 1870 when a line was opened from Lea Bridge to a temporary station called Shern Hall Street which was east of the Hoe Street station.[11] The line to London, that the Chingford branch uses today was opened two years later in 1872 from Hall Farm Junction to Bethnal Green, with the branch also being extended north to Chingford in 1873.

The GER amalgamated with several other railways to create the London and North Eastern Railway at the beginning of 1923.

In 1948 the railways were nationalised and responsibility for operating the station fell to British Railways (Eastern Region).

The line was electrified in the late 1950s with electric services commencing on 12 November 1960. Early services were formed of Class 305 EMUs but initial technical problems with these saw replacements by Class 302 and Class 304 EMUs.[12]

The station became an interchange station and the eastern terminus of the Victoria line with London Underground services starting on 1 September 1968;[13] when station's present name was adopted. When originally approved in 1955, the terminus of the line was to be at Wood Street, a plan dropped in 1961 before construction of the line.[14] The platforms for the Victoria line (like all stations on the Victoria line) are underground.[13]

On 31 May 2015, the station's Abellio Greater Anglia services were transferred to London Overground Rail Operations.[15][16]


General description[edit]

The underground station, like many stations on the Victoria line, was built to a low budget.[17] White ceiling panels were never fixed to the ceilings above the platforms; instead the steel tunnel segments were painted black and used to support the fixtures and fittings, cutting lighting levels. A concrete stairway sits between two escalators instead of a third; this economy caused a disruptive station closure for several weeks in 2004 when both escalators went out of service.

The main entrance to the above-ground station is on the down side, opposite the bus station, which was revamped in summer 2004.[18] Until August 2015 three staffed ticket windows opened, replaced by improved ticket machines. The entrance to the tube was revamped in early 2006. A smaller entrance is on the up line, facing a car park. Its ticket office is staffed mainly in peak hours.

Major improvements[edit]

A subway was built in 2005 under Selborne Road linking a new bus station with a new Victoria line ticket office. The new subway and ticket office was scheduled for spring 2005 but problems with insufficient power capacity to supply two new lifts, planning and contractual errors, delayed the opening until 19 November 2007. The lifts began operation in late 2008 and some building work took longer to finish.

Ticket barriers control access to all platforms.

A footpath link, called Ray Dudley Way, providing a shortcut to nearby Walthamstow Queen's Road, opened in August 2014.[19]

Plans for a new entrance with step-free access to the Victoria line platforms were approved by Waltham Forest council in January 2021 to be part-funded by a redevelopment of the shopping mall.[20]


Trains are operated by London Overground.

The typical off-peak weekday service pattern is:

  • 4 trains per hour (tph) to London Liverpool Street;
  • 4 tph to Chingford.


London Buses routes 20, 34, 55, 58, 69, 97, 212, 215, 230, 257, 275, 357, W11, W12, W15, W19, school route 675 and night routes N26, N38 and N73 serve the station and bus station.[21][22]

Preceding station London Underground Following station
Blackhorse Road
towards Brixton
Victoria line Terminus
Preceding station London Overground Following station
St. James Street Chingford line Wood Street
towards Chingford
Abandoned Plans
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Blackhorse Road
towards Victoria
Victoria line Walthamstow Wood Street
Disused Railways
St James Street   Great Eastern Railway
  Shern Hall Street


Victoria line (London Underground)[edit]

Lea Valley lines (London Overground)[edit]



  1. ^ "Train Station Information and Network Map". National Express East Anglia. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. April 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLSX). Transport for London. 16 June 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  10. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  11. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. p. 372.
  12. ^ Baker, John (July 1993). "Great Eastern section Electrification part 6". Great Eastern Journal (75): 29.
  13. ^ a b Day & Reed 2010, p. 166.
  14. ^ Horne 2005, p. 26.
  15. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  16. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
  17. ^ Martin 2012, p. 235.
  18. ^ "London Buses – Press release – TfL opens a new bus station for Walthamstow". Transport for London. 15 June 2004. Archived from the original on 12 November 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  19. ^ "Ray Dudley Way pedestrian footpath opened on Monday". The Bolton News. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  20. ^ "London Underground gets approval for Walthamstow Central tube station upgrade". ianVisits. 29 January 2021.
  21. ^ "Buses from Walthamstow Central" (PDF). TfL. 5 March 2022. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  22. ^ "Night buses from Walthamstow Central" (PDF). TfL. 29 April 2023. Retrieved 17 June 2023.


  • Day, John R; Reed, John (2010) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground. Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-341-9.
  • Horne, Mike (2005). The Victoria Line: An Illustrated History. Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-292-5.
  • Martin, Andrew (2012). Underground, Overground. Profile Books. ISBN 978-1-846-68478-4.

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