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Wood Street Station (WST)

London Overground Wood Street Station

London Overground Wood Street Station

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

Wood Street Station



Address: Wood Street, Walthamstow, London E17 3LX
Opened: 17 November 1873
Station Code: WST
Fare Zone: 4


London Overground Line(s) Served:

Lea Valley Lines (Chingford Branch)

Service Pattern(s):

Four trains per hour to London Liverpool Street
Four trains per hour to Chingford


Station History

The station and its goods yard were opened by the Great Eastern Railway on their line to Chingford on 17 November 1873. The station was developed further in 1878 with an engine shed with space for 6 locomotives that operated as a sub-shed of Stratford.

The 1923 grouping of the railways saw the Great Eastern, its lines and stations transfer to the ownership of the London North Eastern Railway. This was followed by Nationalisation in 1948 and ownership transferred to the Eastern Region of British Railways.

Under the new ownership, the line’s electrification was authorised and completed in 1960, with the engine shed closing at this time.

London Underground had received Parliamentary consent to construct the Victoria Line in 1955. The original plan was to build the line to Wood Street by constructing a new terminus beside the existing station on the site of the goods yard. However, in 1961 before construction had even started, the decision was taken to terminate the line at Walthamstow Central instead.

Even with the decision being made, the goods yard was closed and the tracks were lifted on 6 May 1968.

Sectorisation of the railways in 1986 saw Wood Street become part of Network Southeast. This continued until the Railways Act 1993 saw operations transferred to West Anglia Great Northern in January 1997, before further changes saw the franchise awarded to National Express in 2004.

The final changes of management regarding the Lea Valley lines happened in October 2012 and May 2015 with Abellio Greater Anglia taking the reins before Arriva Rail London assumed operations under the London Overground banner.