Patronage at London’s newest station nearly 30% up on forecast
450,000 passengers are expected to use Lea Bridge station in its first year since opening in May 2016; a 27.8% increase on the 352,000 numbers forecast.
The station is situated between Tottenham Hale and Stratford. The old station closed in 1986 but a campaign to reopen was launched after other passenger services started passing through the disused site.
Section 106 contributions from property developers funded nearly half the £11.6m cost: STIG (Stratford Transport Implementation Group) managed the £5.5m s106 contributions; Waltham Forest Council provided £5.0m, and the DfT donated £1.1m through the New Stations Fund.
Jonathan Martin, Waltham Forest’s director of investment & delivery, told Landor’s 2017 Rail Stations & Property Conference that the Lea Valley is an area of light industry but suffered from high levels of deprivation. The new station was part of a much wider regeneration scheme involving new homes and non residential developments.
Facilities are rudimentary: there is no car park or pick up points; no ATM, WC or waiting room (though there is a basic bus stop type shelter). Services are provided by Abellio Greater Anglia. Journey times to Stratford and Tottenham Hale are six minutes (as against 40 minutes by bus), and daytime service frequencies will double to four trains per hour from 2018.
The line is also used by freight traffic and provision for a third running track has been safeguarded.
Martin said another new station will be needed by 2021 to meet growing traffic needs. The location will be on the same stretch of line but further east at Ruckholt Road (near the Eurostar Temple Mills depot). The nearby Central Line Leyton station was already operating at close to capacity and would have difficulty in coping with additional demands.