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CLUA-Introduction

Chingford Line Users' Association (CLUA) is the local rail user group affiliated to Railfuture which exists to help improve train services between Chingford through Walthamstow and London Liverpool Street, and between the Lea Valley line and Stratford.

We have campaigned for changes to achieve a regular all-day/every-day four trains per hour clock-face service for the Lower Lea Valley line, as well as ensure the success of Lea Bridge Station now that it has reopened.
Go to CLUA-JRC Report, a report made possible with a grant from Railfuture's Fighting Fund, for more information.

STOP PRESS-1: May 2017. Network Rail announce start of works which will deliver an additional 2tph between Stratford and Angel Road/Meridian Water.
STOP PRESS-2: June 2017. Network Rail announce local information sessions about works at Northumberland Park.
STOP PRESS-3: July 2017. Network rail announce Tottenham level crossing closed to make way for major railway improvements.
STOP PRESS-4: August 2017. Network Rail announce extra track to be installed in Lee Valley this autumn for a bigger and better railway.
STOP PRESS-5: November 2017. Network Rail show bridge removal, for replacement as part of project for the 2 extra trains per hour in 2019.
See Lee Valley Rail Programme.  

Our parallel campaign to reopen Lea Bridge station began to really take off in 2011. Read this newsletter article.

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►Disused since July 1985, Lea Bridge station was re-opened in May 2016 after a 5-year Railfuture campaign◀

First, read some encouraging news from Waltham Forest Council on 29 January 2013.

On 26 March 2013 the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed Lea Bridge as one of just three stations in the country to benefit from the £20m New Stations Fund. Read more about the new stations fund launch in late-January, new stations fund bids in mid-March, and the Transport Secretary's Commons statement in late-March 2013.

On 15 May 2013 the Department for Transport finally confirmed the funding for Lea Bridge station, now planned to re-open by the end of 2015 - 30 years after closure in July 1985. Read the DfT press release and the local press coverage.

On 10 July 2015 new Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon visited the site to mark the start of works and confirm Spring 2016 as the opening date. Read more from the DfT: Lea Bridge works start, and articles in July station campaign success and in August: London station to re-open.

See February 2016 article: Lea Bridge station reopening draws near.

Then reopening confirmed for May 2016 timetable change.
See Railfuture's press release and article Party time! Also Network Rail's press release and news feature.

Within weeks, a developer confirmed plans for a new 300-homes development close to the re-opened station. See also "New Zone 3 homes for first-time buyers", "New east London hot-spot" and more at Hill.

We also have a long-term campaign to provide a direct Chingford-Walthamstow-Stratford rail link, by reopening the Hall Farm Curve.
Go to CLUA-Hall Farm Curve for more information.

You can contact CLUA to help our campaigning: email roger.gillham at geo2.poptel.org.uk or telephone him on 0845 456 4977.


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