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Lea Bridge Station is open!

Bunting, flags and excited school children were out in full force on Monday 16 May, to officially mark the reopening of Lea Bridge Station in east London’s Leyton.


Thanks to a project led by Waltham Forest Council and a cash injection of nearly £12million, the reopening will help kick-start ambitious regeneration plans in the Leyton area and is expected to serve over 350,000 passengers a year by 2031.


Providing direct links to Stratford and Tottenham Hale, the station will give passengers journey times as short as five minutes, compared to the 40 minutes these journeys currently take by bus.


“We are very excited to be reopening Lea Bridge Station after 31 years,” said Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council. “Not just for people already living in the Leyton area, but for the businesses nearby and investors who are interested in this part of our borough.


“There’s huge scope for growth in Leyton and Lea Bridge and we’re already working on a masterplan to look at how we can unlock its potential. The station forms a central part of our vision which will include a mix of desperately needed housing, retail and leisure space, and employment opportunities. We’re already in talks with investors and are in a position where we can choose the kind of investment and projects we think are best for our borough and residents – it’s really exciting.”


The station lies just to the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and on the edge of the Lea Valley Regional Park. Its reopening is thanks to solid partnership work and a mixture of £5.3million 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).


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 delivering better journeys for passengers and boosting local economies.


"Passengers will now benefit from new connections and faster journeys, making it easier to get to work and visit friends and family.”


Network Rail managed the construction of the station, while work on the ground was delivered by VolkerFitzpatrick as the main contractor.


Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s Route Managing Director for Anglia said: “Rail is vital to the UK’s economic growth. I’m proud that we’ve delivered this fantastic new station that will help boost the local economy by connecting thousands of passengers to two of the capital’s key transport hubs, enabling them to move around London faster and improving links for local businesses.”


Andy Gardner, Rail Infrastructure Operations Director of VolkerFitzpatrick said: “This major refurbishment to bring Lea Bridge Station back into use has been a great project for us. Building the new station next to the operational railway involved engineering and safety challenges, but by working collaboratively with Network Rail and Waltham Forest Council we are pleased to see this vital link between north-east London and Stratford being opened.”


Services at Lea Bridge Station will be run by Abellio Greater Anglia, who operate a number of train services across London and the South-East.


Jamie Burles, Managing Director of Abellio Greater Anglia, said: "The reopening of Lea Bridge Station will make our rail network more accessible and convenient to thousands of existing and potential rail passengers. The development of the station has been a great partnership project between the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Abellio Greater Anglia, Network Rail and the Department for Transport. With half hourly services, seven days a week, in both directions to Stratford and Tottenham Hale, the new station enables local residents to have easy access to rail journeys into and across central London and beyond; up the West Anglia route to Stansted Airport and Cambridge; up the Great Eastern Main Line to Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich; and of course to Stratford International Rail Station for Eurostar services to France and Belgium.  We hope the station will prove to be a great success."


With its proximity to the Olympic Park, Lea Bridge Station was fortunate to benefit from over £5million in Section 106 monies managed by the Stratford Transport Implementation Group (STIG). This funding was from the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre development – proof that the Olympic legacy lives on in this host borough. 


Howard Potter, Chair of the STIG, said: “This contribution was secured by means of the planning agreement linked to the developments of Stratford City including the Olympic Village area. STIG comprises Waltham Forest, Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets Councils, the London Legacy Development Corporation (formerly the ODA), Transport for London, the developers Westfield and the Stratford Village Development Partnership.”


Leyton has already seen a number of changes in recent years and Lea Bridge Road itself, which is adjacent to the station, is due to be transformed through the Council’s £30 million Mini-Holland programme. Half of this funding pot alone will be invested in the road to improve cycling and walking routes and public spaces, and provide new junctions to help smooth traffic flow along one of Waltham Forest’s busiest roads.


At the station re-opening, a new cycle hub was also unveiled, providing secure parking for up to 50 bicycles for just £10 a year. It will help commuters wanting to pedal to the station before their morning commute.



  1. For train times to and from Lea Bridge Station please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

  2. For more information about cycle parking at the station please visit www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/cycle-sheds

  3. Children from nearby Sybourn Primary School greeted Council Leader Chris Robbins and Claire Perry MP, as they arrived at the opening event on the 10.01am train from Tottenham Hale. The children celebrated the opening by performing a rendition of O When the Saints Come Marching In with a jazz band.

  4. Guests were also treated to music from Aunt Fortescue’s Bluesrockers, who played on the day that the station closed back in 1985.

  5. VolkerFitzpatrick, Abellio Greater Anglia and Wanis International Foods, based just opposite the station, kindly contributed towards the costs of the opening event.

  6. Waltham Forest Council has a number of sites near Lea Bridge Station for potential development including:



  • Sites adjacent to Lea Bridge Station – helping to deliver a new mixed-use centre. This includes 97 Lea Bridge Road, for which a planning application to create 300 residential units, leisure and retail space has been submitted by Hill Residential who are working with Swan Housing. This is expected to go to Waltham Forest Council’s planning committee in June.

  • Intensification of employment uses on existing strategic industrial land

  • Coronation Square – Council-led proposals for development of new outdoor and indoor sport facilities, community facilities and housing at the Score Centre and Ive Farm sports ground.

  • Bywaters site – proposals for residential-led development and provision of a primary school

  • Leyton Mills retail park – comprehensive development providing a mix of shops, town centre uses and housing

  • Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s leisure facilities at Lea Bridge Road

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