Leytonstone tube station

Leytonstone tube station is on the Central Line of the London Underground, on the boundary of Zones 3 and 4. Towards London the next station is Leyton, while going east from Leytonstone, the line divides into two branches. On the direct route to Woodford and Epping the next stop is Snaresbrook, and on the Hainault loop it is Wanstead.


The station was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway on 22 August 1856. In turn it became, from 1862, part of the Great Eastern Railway system and then in 1923 part of the London & North Eastern Railway before being transferred to London Transport in 1947. This formed part of the "New Works Programme 1935 - 1940" that was to see major changes at Leytonstone with the station becoming the junction of the existing Epping branch, newly electrified, with the new tube tunnel running under Eastern Avenue towards Newbury Park. This work saw a complete reconstruction of the station along with the removal of the level crossing at Church Lane and its replacement by an underbridge.

The station was first served by the Central Line on 5 May 1947 when it became the temporary terminus of the line, passengers changing on to steam shuttle onwards to Epping. This ceased on 14 December 1947 with the extension of Underground services to Woodford and Newbury Park.

Notable events

In honour of the centenary of the birth of film director Alfred Hitchcock (born August 13, 1899 in Leytonstone), the London Borough of Waltham Forest commissioned the Greenwich Mural Workshop to create a series of mosaics of Hitchcock's life and works in the tube station. Work was started in June 2000 and unveiled May 3, 2001.

The station today

The station has three platforms. The centre platform is generally used for through services going westbound, but can be used to terminate trains from both directions. However, due to the configuration of the tracks, trains going eastbound from this platform can only access the Epping branch. Trains needing access to the Hainault branch can do so by shunting west of the station, and then running into the normal eastbound platform via a crossover. However if the Chelsea-Hackney line is built then the tracks at Leytonstone would have to be re-built and an extra platform added so that Central line trains can still run to Woodford via Hainult Loop and the Chelsea-Hackney line would then run from Leytonstone to Epping by taking over the Epping branch of the Central line.

Leytonstone High Road station

The Central Line passes under the Gospel Oak to Barking Line adjacent to Leytonstone High Road railway station, about 400 metres (430 yards) south of the tube station platforms. Despite this proximity there is no direct interchange between the two services, and passengers must either walk or take a bus along the high road for approximately 10 minutes to access the other station. If using an Oyster card, this is counted as part of a single journey.

Image gallery

External links

* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=usuHOScfx04 YouTube video of a train arriving on the eastbound platform]
* [http://www.thejoyofshards.co.uk/london/hitch/index.shtml Leytonstone Underground Station: Hitchcock Mosaic]

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