|Local authority||London Borough of Waltham Forest|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Accessible||Yes(London Overground only) |
|OSI||Walthamstow Queen's Road |
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|26 April 1870||Opened (GER)|
|1 September 1968||Opened (Victoria line)|
|London transport portal|
Walthamstow Central / -/, is a London Underground and National Rail interchange station in the town of Walthamstow in north-east London, England. It is the northern terminus of the Victoria line and is the second of five stations on the Chingford branch of the Lea Valley lines operated by London Overground since 2015, 6 miles 16 chains (10.0 km) from London Liverpool Street between St. James Street and Wood Street. The two lines have separate platforms at different levels.
The station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) 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. The line to London, that the Chingford branch uses today was opened two years later in 1872 from Hall Farm Junction to Bethnal Green, with the branch also being extended north to Chingford in 1873.
The GER amalgamated with several other railways to create the London and North Eastern Railway at the beginning of 1923.
In 1948 the railways were nationalised 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.
The station became an interchange station and the eastern terminus of the Victoria line with London Underground services starting on 1 September 1968; when station's present name was adopted. When originally approved in 1955, the terminus of the line was to be at Wood Street, a plan dropped in 1961 before construction of the line. The platforms for the Victoria line (like all stations on the Victoria line) are underground.
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The underground station, like many stations on the Victoria line, was built to a low budget. 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, cutting lighting levels. A concrete stairway sits between two escalators instead of a third; this economy caused a 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, opposite a bus station, which was revamped in summer 2004. Until August 2015 three staffed ticket windows opened, replaced by improved ticket machines. The entrance to the tube was revamped in early 2006. A smaller entrance is on the up line, facing a car park. Its ticket office is staffed mainly in peak hours.
A subway was built in 2005 under Selborne Road linking a new bus station with a new Victoria line ticket office. The new subway and ticket office was scheduled for spring 2005 but problems with insufficient power capacity to supply two new lifts, planning and contractual errors, delayed the opening until 19 November 2007. The lifts began operation in late 2008 and some building work took longer to finish.
Ticket barriers control access to all platforms.
Trains are operated by London Overground.
The typical off-peak weekday service pattern is:
- 4 trains per hour (tph) to London Liverpool Street;
- 4 tph to Chingford.
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
towards Liverpool Street
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|St James Street||Great Eastern Railway
|Shern Hall Street|
Victoria line (London Underground)
Lea Valley lines (London Overground)
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