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Lea Bridge Station set for Spring re-opening

Lea Bridge Station is set to take its first passengers this Spring, following a campaign to re-open it led by Waltham Forest Council. Closed three decades ago, the station will provide direct services to Stratford and Tottenham Hale and kick-start ambitious regeneration plans for Leyton in east London.


Place-shaping work has already been undertaken by the Council, who own a number of potential development sites around the station, to look at how the area’s potential can be unlocked, with the station acting as a catalyst for growth.


The station re-opening 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 the freight operating companies. 


This week Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council and key partners involved in the project took in the station’s progress, just a few months before its reopening.


“We’re really looking forward to welcoming our first passengers in just a few months,” said Chris Robbins, “especially as the re-opening has been our vision for over 15 years.”


“Lea Bridge Station will form such an important lynchpin in this part of Waltham Forest, providing existing residents and businesses with a much needed station and stimulating more new homes in the area.”


With its proximity to the Olympic Park, Leyton has already seen a number of changes in recent years and Lea Bridge Road itself will be transformed through the Council’s £30 million Mini-Holland programme. Half of this funding pot alone will be invested in the road that houses the new station, improving cycling and walking routes and public spaces, and providing new junctions to help smooth traffic flow along one of Waltham Forest’s busiest roads.  A new cycle hub, which provides secure parking for up to 50 bicycles, will also be installed at the station in time for its opening thanks to Mini-Holland funding. It will help commuters who want to cycle to the station before getting on a train to work.


Over £1million of the costs to re-open the station come from the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund.


Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “Lea Bridge Station is a great example of how our record investment in the railways and partnership working with local authorities and industry is providing better journeys and boosting local economies. When the new station opens, passengers will benefit from new connections and faster journeys locally, into central London and beyond. It is great news that plans are on track for a spring opening.”


The work is being managed by Network Rail and delivered by VolkerFitzpatrick as the main contractor. Richard Schofield, Route Managing Director for Anglia, Network Rail said: “The new station will connect thousands of people to two of the capital’s key transport hubs, and boost the local economy by improving access to local businesses.”


Lea Bridge Station, according to TfL estimates, will serve 352,000 passengers a year by 2031 and services will be run by Abellio Greater Anglia, who operate a number of train services across London and the South-East.


Simone Bailey, Asset Management Director, Abellio Greater Anglia, said: "We're looking forward to getting services up and running in just a few months and welcoming our first passengers through the station.”


Last week, pupils from Thorpe Hall Primary School in Walthamstow went down to the site after they designed their own hoardings to celebrate the station’s re-opening. They saw their designs in situ and learnt about how the station is being built and what it will mean for Leyton.


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Notes to editors:


Details about the official opening of the station will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact Emily Blackshaw, Waltham Forest Communications Team, on 020 8496 4445 or email emily.blackshaw@walthamforest.gov.uk


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


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


Accompanying pictures are:


001: Pupils from Thorpe Hall Primary School are talked through the station plans by Steve Balliston, Site Agent


009 and 019: Pupils from Thorpe Hall Primary School take in progress on site


059: Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, is joined by Cllrs and a range of partners who have been involved in delivering the project


064: Part of the new station entrance and platform 1


066: Site progress is on track to re-open Lea Bridge Station this Spring


067: Pupils from Thorpe Hall Primary School visited the site to see their artwork on display on the site hoardings

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