Walthamstow Central station

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Walthamstow Central London Underground London Overground
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Walthamstow Central is located in Greater London
Walthamstow Central
Walthamstow Central
Location of Walthamstow Central in Greater London
Location Walthamstow
Local authority London Borough of Waltham Forest
Managed by London Overground
London Underground
Owner Network Rail
London Underground
Station code WHC
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4
Accessible Yes(London Overground only) [1][2]
Fare zone 3
OSI Walthamstow Queen's Road London Overground[3]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Increase 16.68 million[4]
2014 Increase 18.05 million[4]
2015 Increase 18.33 million[4]
2016 Increase 22.77 million[4]
2017 Decrease 9.59 million[4]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 2.778 million[5]
2013–14 Increase 2.868 million[5]
2014–15 Increase 3.197 million[5]
2015–16 Increase 3.432 million[5]
2016–17 Increase 4.021 million[5]
Key dates
26 April 1870[6] Opened (GER)
1968 Opened (Victoria line)
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°34′59″N 0°01′11″W / 51.583056°N 0.019722°W / 51.583056; -0.019722Coordinates: 51°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 located in the town of Walthamstow in east London, England. On the Underground network it is the northern terminus of the Victoria line. On the Overground it is on the Chingford branch of the Lea Valley lines, 6 miles 16 chains (10.0 km) from London Liverpool Street between St. James Street and Wood Street.

The station is in Travelcard Zone 3. It is a short walk from Walthamstow Queen's Road station on the Gospel Oak to Barking line by means of a dedicated footpath known as Ray Dudley Way.


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.[7] 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.

On 29–30 May 1937 the London and North Eastern Railway put on a railway exhibition in the station yard. The exhibits were (LNER locomotive classification/Wheel arrangement/Number/Name):

  • Class A3 4-6-2 No. 2744 Grand Parade
  • Class A4 4-6-2 No. 2512 and 4482 Golden Eagle
  • Class P1 2-8-2 No. 2394,
  • Class B17 4-6-0 No. 2870, which was named Tottenham Hotspur during the exhibition
  • Class V2 2-6-2 No. 4771 Green Arrow (this locomotive exists and is preserved in 2014)
  • Class D16 4-4-0 No. 8808
  • Class B12 4-6-0 No. 8555
  • Class Y4 0-4-0T No. 7229
  • Class Y5 0-4-0T No. 7230
  • Railcar No. 51913 Rival.[8]

Other items of rolling stock included a camping coach, a signal demonstration van, vans used by the locomotive running department, a sleeping coach, a crane and a mail coach as well as several items of goods rolling stock.[9]

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.[10]

The station became an interchange station and the eastern terminus of the Victoria line with London Underground services starting on 1 September 1968.[11] The station's present name was changed at this time. When originally approved in 1955, the terminus of the line was to be at Wood Street, but this was dropped in 1961 before construction of the line was started.[12] The platforms for the Victoria line (like all stations on the Victoria line) are actually underground.[11]

On 31 May 2015 the station's Abellio Greater Anglia services were transferred to London Overground Rail Operations.[13][14]


The underground station, like many stations on the Victoria line, was built to a low budget.[15] 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. This has had a detrimental effect on the lighting levels. There is a concrete stairway between the two escalators instead of a third escalator; this caused a hugely 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 and is opposite the local bus station, which was revamped in summer 2004. Until August 2015 (when they were closed down), there were three staffed ticket windows, leaving only a number of ticket machines to serve the majority of the traffic that enters the station. The entrance to the tube was revamped in early 2006. There is a smaller entrance and ticket office on the up line, providing convenient access to the car park; however, the ticket office here is normally unstaffed outside peak hours.

A subway was built in 2005 under the Selborne Road linking a new bus station with a new Victoria line ticket office. The original plan was to fit out and open the new subway and ticket office in spring 2005 but problems with insufficient power capacity to supply two new lifts, together with planning and contractual errors, delayed the opening. The subway and ticket office were opened on 19 November 2007, albeit without the completion of the new lifts (completed in late 2008) and with unfinished building work.

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.[16]


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, 48, 58, 69, 97, 212, 215, 230, 257, 275, 357, W11, W12, W15, W19 and 675 and night routes N26, N38 and N73 serve the station and bus station.

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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. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  6. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  7. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. p. 372. 
  8. ^ Long, M J (January 1982). "The LNER Exhibitions of the 1930's (letter)". Great Eastern Railway Society Journal (29): 19. 
  9. ^ Bayes, David (October 1995). "LNER Exhibitions (letter)". Great Eastern Railway Society Journal (82): 51. 
  10. ^ Baker, John (July 1993). "Great Eastern section Electrification part 6". Great Eastern Journal (75): 29. 
  11. ^ a b Day & Reed 2010, p. 166.
  12. ^ Horne 2005, p. 26.
  13. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  14. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
  15. ^ Martin 2012, p. 235.
  16. ^ "Ray Dudley Way pedestrian footpath opened on Monday". The Bolton News. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 


  • 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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