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Walthamstow Central station

Walthamstow Central
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 Greater Anglia
London Underground
Owner Network Rail
London Underground
Station code WHC
Number of platforms 4
Accessible Yes (National Rail only) [1][2]
Fare zone 3
OSI Walthamstow Queen's Road [3]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 13.75 million[4]
2011 Increase 14.32 million[4]
2012 Increase 15.09 million[4]
2013 Increase 16.68 million[4]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2006–07 Decrease 2.357 million[5]
2007–08 Decrease 2.205 million[5]
2008–09 Increase 2.220 million[5]
2009–10 Decrease 2.089 million[5]
2010–11 Increase 2.543 million[5]
2011–12 Increase 2.738 million[5]
2012–13 Increase 2.778 million[5]
Key dates
1869 Opened (GER)
1968 Opened (Victoria line)
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
  • Departures
  • Layout
  • Facilities
  • Buses
London Transport portal
UK Railways portal

Walthamstow Central is a London Underground and National Rail station. It is the terminus of the Victoria line, and is on the Chingford Branch Line of the National Rail network operated by Greater Anglia (commuter trains in northeast London originating at Liverpool Street). It is a short walk from London Overground railway station Walthamstow Queen's Road.


The station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway (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.[6] The line that the Chingford branch uses today (2014) was opened two years later in 1872 with the branch being extended later to Chingford in 1873.

The GER was taken over by the London and North Eastern Railway in 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.[7]

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.[8]

In 1948 the railways were nationalized 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.[9]

The station became an interchange station and the eastern terminus of the Victoria line with London Underground services starting on 1 September 1968. The station's present name was changed at this time. The platforms for the Victoria line (like all stations on the Victoria line) are actually underground.

On 31 May 2015 the station's Abellio Greater Anglia services will be transferred to London Overground Rail Operations.[10][11]


The up-side station building is a remarkably well preserved example of a mid-Victorian country station.

The underground station, like many stations on the Victoria line, was never completely finished. 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. There are three staffed ticket windows and 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 busy 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 finally 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 the Victoria line platforms but the Lea Valley Line platforms are open.

A footpath link, called Ray Dudley Way, providing a shortcut to nearby Walthamstow Queen's Road, opened in August 2014.[12]


London Buses routes 20; 34; 48; 58; 69; 97; 212; 215; 230; 257; 275; 357; W11; W12;W15; W19 and school route 675 and night routes N26; N38 and N73 serve the station and bus station.


The typical off-peak service provided by Greater Anglia is:

Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Brixton
Victoria line Terminus
National Rail National Rail
St James Street   Greater Anglia
Lea Valley Lines
  Wood Street
  Future Development  
London Overground
St James Street
towards Liverpool Street
  Lea Valley Lines   Wood Street
towards Chingford


Victoria line (London Underground)

Lea Valley Lines (Greater Anglia)


  1. ^ "Train Station Information and Network Map".  
  2. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF).  
  3. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel).  
  4. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics.   Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  6. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. p. 372. 
  7. ^ Long, M J (January 1982). "The LNER Exhibitions of the 1930's (letter)". Great Eastern Railway Society Journal (29): 19. 
  8. ^ Bayes, David (October 1995). "LNER Exhibitions (letter)". Great Eastern Railway Society Journal (82): 51. 
  9. ^ Baker, John (July 1993). "Great Eastern section Electrification part 6". Great Eastern Journal (75): 29. 
  10. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  11. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
  12. ^ "Ray Dudley Way pedestrian footpath opened on Monday".  

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