WALTHAM FOREST: Campaign for new station in Leytonstone

The Barking to Gospel Oak line runs over Cann Hall Road.

The Barking to Gospel Oak line runs over Cann Hall Road.

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A CAMPAIGN to lobby for the opening of a new train station in Leytonstone looks set to be stepped up.

It has been proposed that a stop be built in Cann Hall Road on the Gospel Oak to Barking line to both improve transport links and help revitalise the area.

The Cann Hall Residents Association first proposed the idea several years ago but rail campaigners say the Leyton and Wanstead Constituency Labour Party, which includes several leading councillors, has also now expressed an interest.

The Barking to Gospel Oak Line Users Group (BGOLUG), which recently gave a talk to the party including a discussion of the possible new station, says it fully supports the idea and wants to highlight the issue further.

Its assistant secretary Glenn Wallis said the proposal was a long way off but that it would be significant if the Labour-lead council did take up the cause.

The party is thought to be reviewing its stance on the issue.

It comes in the wake of the authority's push to get Lea Bridge station in Walthamstow reopened using community grant money from the developers of the Westfield megamall in Stratford.

Mr Wallis said: "There will not be insurmountable problems in building a station at Cann Hall Road although one house there may have to be demolished.

"It would cost a bomb, as new stations do these days, but it's doable. The benefits could be great for the area.

"Cann Hall is fairly poorly served by public transport and this would increase access for a large number of residents.

"If we can get some support from the council and more noise is made about it we could start to see some movement."

Meanwhile in other rail news, BGOLUG has expressed frustration at delays to the building of a walkway between Walthamstow Central and Queen's Road Station.

It was made a condition of controversial plans to develop the area around Walthamstow Central, including with a 14 storey high hotel, when the council gave it permission last year.

The decision appeared to conclude the saga over the battle for the pedestrian link, which had been running for years.

However the first part of the walkway between Queen's Road and Edison Close was due to be completed by the end of 2011, but work is still yet to begin.

This was despite Transport for London (TfL) installing a sign in December mistakingly advertising the walkway before hastily covering it up days later.

Mr Wallis said Network Rail wanted to redesign the link and construction was now not due to begin until April.

Click here to follow the Waltham Forest Guardian on Twitter

Click here to follow the Waltham Forest Guardian on Facebook

Comments (15)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:26pm Wed 29 Feb 12

stickmanny says...

cracking idea. how can we help make it happen?
cracking idea. how can we help make it happen? stickmanny
  • Score: 0

2:38pm Wed 29 Feb 12

jef costello says...

"Cann Hall is fairly poorly served by public transport and this would increase access for a large number of residents."

No it's not. It's a ten minute walk to Leytonstone High Road or about 15 minutes to Leyton or Leytonstone Underground Stations. And as for the house that 'may' be demolished - presumably that's not your house is it, Mr Wallis?
"Cann Hall is fairly poorly served by public transport and this would increase access for a large number of residents." No it's not. It's a ten minute walk to Leytonstone High Road or about 15 minutes to Leyton or Leytonstone Underground Stations. And as for the house that 'may' be demolished - presumably that's not your house is it, Mr Wallis? jef costello
  • Score: 0

4:13pm Wed 29 Feb 12

stickmanny says...

Jef do you live near this proposed station?

have a look on journey planner for the walking times: they are reasonably accurate, unlike those you've quoted.
Jef do you live near this proposed station? have a look on journey planner for the walking times: they are reasonably accurate, unlike those you've quoted. stickmanny
  • Score: 0

4:35pm Wed 29 Feb 12

jef costello says...

I live just off Cann Hall Road. I can do my house to Leytonstone Tube in 15 minutes, easily. 20 minutes if I dawdle. It's a journey I take several times a week.
I live just off Cann Hall Road. I can do my house to Leytonstone Tube in 15 minutes, easily. 20 minutes if I dawdle. It's a journey I take several times a week. jef costello
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Wed 29 Feb 12

jef costello says...

... and I'm by no means fit or in a hurry.
... and I'm by no means fit or in a hurry. jef costello
  • Score: 0

5:59pm Wed 29 Feb 12

GlennW says...

But the Central Line is a radial line, taking you into Central London or out to Essex. Barking - Gospel Oak (Hampstead Heath) is an orbital line, part of London Overground and will take you across North London to the west or south without going through Zone 1 and therefore offers totally different travel opportunities.

Glenn Wallis
BGOLUG
But the Central Line is a radial line, taking you into Central London or out to Essex. Barking - Gospel Oak (Hampstead Heath) is an orbital line, part of London Overground and will take you across North London to the west or south without going through Zone 1 and therefore offers totally different travel opportunities. Glenn Wallis BGOLUG GlennW
  • Score: 0

10:28am Thu 1 Mar 12

jef costello says...

Yes. But the station on the High Road is hardly the dark side of the moon from Cann Hall road is it? It's not even a mile.
Yes. But the station on the High Road is hardly the dark side of the moon from Cann Hall road is it? It's not even a mile. jef costello
  • Score: 0

10:55am Thu 1 Mar 12

GlennW says...

But a new station does not just benefit Cann Hall Road residents, it brings a new area to the south west within reach of a station on the B-GO Line.

Glenn
BGOLUG
But a new station does not just benefit Cann Hall Road residents, it brings a new area to the south west within reach of a station on the B-GO Line. Glenn BGOLUG GlennW
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Thu 1 Mar 12

ChingfordFlaneur says...

Hello Glenn:

To be honest I'd always thought a station @ Bakers Arms was more needed than this proposal.

Moving on to the vexed pedestrian link story when are we going to get the truth about this? Someone seems clearly intent on stopping it.

I notice BGOLUG have dropped it as an aspiration from your website too.

What the hell is going on?
Hello Glenn: To be honest I'd always thought a station @ Bakers Arms was more needed than this proposal. Moving on to the vexed pedestrian link story when are we going to get the truth about this? Someone seems clearly intent on stopping it. I notice BGOLUG have dropped it as an aspiration from your website too. What the hell is going on? ChingfordFlaneur
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Fri 2 Mar 12

dukes of hazzard says...

Ten to 15 minutes a long time in the morning when one is rushing. An excellent idea. I utilise the London overground at weekends and I find it has transformed parts of London. Come on folks, think positively and think about tean years from now. It will give the little hoodies somewhere to spray paint and vandalise. Only kidding.
Ten to 15 minutes a long time in the morning when one is rushing. An excellent idea. I utilise the London overground at weekends and I find it has transformed parts of London. Come on folks, think positively and think about tean years from now. It will give the little hoodies somewhere to spray paint and vandalise. Only kidding. dukes of hazzard
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Fri 2 Mar 12

GlennW says...

BGOLUG has three new stations on its wish list.
1) Tufnell Park - on the site of the closed (1943) Junction Road station - as its close to Tufnell Park Northern Line station.
2) Leyton Bakers' Arms, although the close proximity of Leyton Midland Road does weaken the case somewhat.
3) Cann Hall Road, which would be about midway along the long stationless section between Leytonstone High Road and Wanstead Park.

While it may not feature on the home page of our website, you will find a press release about the Walthamstow stations link when the High Court decision was announced in 2009. BGLOUG has supported the link for at least 20 years and - Network Rail permitting - it really should be open before the end of the year!

Regards

Glenn
BGOLUG has three new stations on its wish list. 1) Tufnell Park - on the site of the closed (1943) Junction Road station - as its close to Tufnell Park Northern Line station. 2) Leyton Bakers' Arms, although the close proximity of Leyton Midland Road does weaken the case somewhat. 3) Cann Hall Road, which would be about midway along the long stationless section between Leytonstone High Road and Wanstead Park. While it may not feature on the home page of our website, you will find a press release about the Walthamstow stations link when the High Court decision was announced in 2009. BGLOUG has supported the link for at least 20 years and - Network Rail permitting - it really should be open before the end of the year! Regards Glenn GlennW
  • Score: 0

8:14am Sat 3 Mar 12

stickmanny says...

Glenn - 2x memberships are in the post to you now. keep up the good work.

Dukes how about you?

Jef?
Glenn - 2x memberships are in the post to you now. keep up the good work. Dukes how about you? Jef? stickmanny
  • Score: 0

10:26am Sat 3 Mar 12

ruby newbie says...

fantastic idea
fantastic idea ruby newbie
  • Score: 0

6:13am Sun 4 Mar 12

postie1 says...

I for one think its a good idea. Anything that rejuvenates the area cant be a bad thing. Cant say I would be happy though if I lived in the house that was going to be demolished .
I for one think its a good idea. Anything that rejuvenates the area cant be a bad thing. Cant say I would be happy though if I lived in the house that was going to be demolished . postie1
  • Score: 0

11:11pm Wed 7 Mar 12

GlennW says...

stickmanny wrote:
Glenn - 2x memberships are in the post to you now. keep up the good work. Dukes how about you? Jef?
Dear Stickmanny,

Thank you for the 2xmemberships, if you let me have your address, or at least an email address I can put you on our mailing list.

Regards

Glenn
BGOLUG
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Glenn - 2x memberships are in the post to you now. keep up the good work. Dukes how about you? Jef?[/p][/quote]Dear Stickmanny, Thank you for the 2xmemberships, if you let me have your address, or at least an email address I can put you on our mailing list. Regards Glenn BGOLUG GlennW
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree