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Turkey Street Station (TUR)

London Overground Turkey Street Station (TUR)

London Overground Turkey Street Station

Details of London Overground's Turkey Street Station, including Address, Service Pattern and History.

Turkey Street Railway Station

Address: Turkey Street, Enfield, Middlesex EN3 5TT
Opened: 1 October 1891
Station Code: TUR
Fare Zone: 6

London Overground Line(s) Served:

Lea Valley Lines (Cheshunt Branch)

Service Pattern(s):

Two trains per hour to Liverpool Street via Seven Sisters
Two trains per hour to Cheshunt

Former Booking Hall at Turkey Street Station
Former Booking Hall at Turkey Street Station

Station History

Forty Hill Station opened as part of the Churchbury Loop line from Bury Street Junction to Cheshunt, owned by the Great Eastern Railway, on 1st October 1891.

Due to the rural nature of the areas served by the line, combined with the arrival of tramways as far as Waltham Cross, the Great Eastern could not compete financially and the Churchbury Loop was closed to passenger services on 1st October 1909.

The Outbreak of World War I saw a massive increase in the productivity of the various munitions factories along the Lea Valley. Passenger services along the Churchbury Loop were reinstated on 1 March 1915 to ferry workers to the factories, but these ceased again on 1 July 1919.

The line stayed open to serve freight trains and the station goods yard. Passenger services were reinstated and the station reopened following the electrification of the line on 21 November 1960, with the line being renamed the Southbury Loop and the station to Turkey Street. Following a marked decline in traffic, the station goods yard closed in 1966.

The original station building was closed in the early 1970s, with a new entrance opened on the opposite side of the railway bridge that carries the line. In 1988, the new entrance was rebuilt with a ticket office in one of the bridge arches, the platform steps were also replaced by steel examples at this time, along with the demolition of the platform waiting shelters.

Following the takeover of Southbury Loop services by London Overground on 31 May 2015, the station entrance was rebuilt with a new glass and steel building being constructed in 2017.