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Work on Lea Bridge Station set in train

**Press release: 1.30pm, 10 July 2015**



Work on Lea Bridge Station set in train


Commuters in east London’s Leyton will soon be able to reach two of the capital’s key transport hubs in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. After 30 years of closure, Lea Bridge Station is re-opening to passengers next year, marking the culmination of a 15 year vision for Waltham Forest Council.


As the crow flies, Lea Bridge Station is close to the city and the rest of London. Nestled in the heart of Leyton, it sits in the Northern Olympic Fringe Area – a spot identified for its future regeneration and growth potential. But since the station’s closure 30 years ago, commuters wanting fast access to Stratford and Tottenham Hale have had to grapple with bus journeys of around 40 minutes and an even longer journey to reach nearby Stansted Airport. But all that is changing.


Works to re-open the station have now started on site and when the scheme finishes next Spring, passengers will have direct links to both Stratford and Tottenham Hale and journey times of five minutes apiece.


Stratford is the nearest high-speed station to central London, connecting to services going to Europe, and Tottenham Hale provides easy and fast connections to Stansted Airport, meaning the new station will open the western part of Waltham Forest up to commercial opportunities in London and Europe.


Today (10 July) Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, was joined by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Transport, to officially break ground on site and mark the project’s commencement.


The scheme is funded with a mixture of £5million in Council capital funding, £1.1million from the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund and £5.5million from Section 106 contributions (managed by the Stratford Transport Implementation Group), and has been possible thanks to the positive approach taken by all partners, including freight operating companies. 


“Lea Bridge Station will really help open Leyton up for growth, giving the area better and faster links to some of London’s crucial transport hubs, and making it a more attractive prospect for developers, businesses and residents,” said Chris Robbins, Leader of the Council.


“For years it’s been a project we have committed to making happen, and going forward it will form the centrepiece of wider plans to rejuvenate the area and create a new Leyton village, spurring even more regeneration and change.”


“Developers are already seeing the potential Leyton has to offer, helping to establish our little corner of London as a real contender as a place to do business, as well as somewhere to buy a home and raise a young family.”


With its proximity to the Olympic Park, Leyton has already seen a number of changes in recent years which is helping to cement its reputation as a destination for first-time buyers and people wanting a mix of urban but fairly green living. It’s also set to be transformed with a new cycle superhighway next year, running the length of Lea Bridge Road, thanks to the £30milllion Mini Holland bid won by the Council last year.


The Council is financing around half of the scheme, with the Department for Transport contributing £1.1million from its New Stations Fund.


Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “Lea Bridge Station is a great example of how our record investment in the railway is providing better journeys and boosting local economies. When the new station opens next year, passengers will benefit from new connections and faster journeys into central London and beyond. It is great news that work is now underway.”


Over the next twelve months, Network Rail will be managing the work to deliver the new station and have appointed VolkerFitzpatrick as the main contractor. Richard Schofield, Network Rail Route Managing Director, said: “The new station is part of a fantastic investment in London’s railway and will benefit thousands of people in this part of the capital.


“As well as giving passengers better and faster connections to key destinations, the new station will help the local economy by improving access to local businesses.”


As it stands, Lea Bridge Station casts a rather sorry shadow for avid trainspotters, providing a route for freight and passenger trains passing through the site, but welcoming no passengers itself since the station building was demolished some years ago.


The new station, according to TfL estimates, will service 352,000 passengers a year by 2031 and the building will house two new platforms, a new footbridge and lifts, station canopy, ticket vending machines, Oyster readers, waiting shelters, help points and cycle storage for anyone getting there by bike.


Abellio Greater Anglia, who operate a number of train services across London and the South-East, will be running the station’s train services when it re-opens.


Jonathan Denby, Head of Corporate Affairs at Abellio Greater Anglia said: "We're pleased to be working together with Network Rail and stakeholder partners on the development of the new station, and we're progressing with the plans for train services to serve Lea Bridge station."


Work on site will take a year to complete, with the station scheduled to run its first services in Spring 2016.


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Notes to editors:



  1. For more information, please contact Emily Blackshaw, Waltham Forest Communications Team, on 020 8496 4445 or email emily.blackshaw@walthamforest.gov.uk

  2. For more information about Waltham Forest Council visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk

  3. For more information about the Council’s Mini Holland scheme please visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/miniholland


 

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