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.

STOP PRESS-1 May 2017. Network Rail announce start of works which will deliver extra 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.
STOP PRESS-6: January 2018. Network Rail show replacement new bridge installed.
STOP PRESS-7: February 2018. Two videos of Meridian Water station under construction, due to open May 2019.
STOP PRESS-8: March 2018. Video of new Lea Valley third track installed.
STOP PRESS-9: April 2018. Video of installation of connection between third track and Lea Valley main line.
STOP PRESS-10: June 2018. Video of Meridian Water station build.
STOP PRESS-11: June 2018. Video of installation of new Northumberland Park footbridge.
STOP PRESS-12: August 2018. Video of trackworks 80% complete.
STOP PRESS-13: November 2018. Video of new step-free Northumberland Park footbridge.
STOP PRESS-14: January 2019. Video of progress towards completion of Meridian Water station ready for transfer of services from Angel Road station, which will close, in May.
STOP PRESS-15: May 2019. Anticipated closure of Angel Road station on Friday 17 May/opening of Meridian Water station on Monday 20 May with timetable change, deferred to Friday 31 May/Monday 3 June.
STOP PRESS-16: June 2019. New station for Meridian Water opened Monday 3 June 2019, replacing London's least-used station Angel Road. See Lea Valley Rail - better access to jobs and homes for the Railfuture-inspired story. Added to film series All the stations. Greater Anglia's timetable for Bishop's Stortford to Stratford from 19 May 2019 confirms all-day/every-day half-hourly services will be added to the opening 'preview' weekdays peak periods-only services from Monday 9 September 2019.
STOP PRESS-17: September 2019. Meridian Water station now served by all-day/every day half-hourly services.
STOP PRESS-18: October 2019. Lee Valley Rail Programme in numbers (and videos).

See Lee Valley Rail Programme.  

Extracted summary of the Lea Valley Rail report below.


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

This 2012 report - Lea Valley Rail: better access to jobs and homes - shows how much more the existing railways can achieve and contribute to the Lea Valley’s future economic, social and environmental goals.

The Lea Valley requires better connectivity, to help the creation of new jobs and homes and to enable the area’s economic structure to strengthen and grow, with catchments accessible by public transport. This requires smart thinking, better use of existing infrastructure and a few new elements.

The Chingford Line Users Association (CLUA) and Railfuture looked particularly at the Waltham Forest catchments. Waltham Forest is the ‘borough across the Valley’ and needs better integration into the main Lea Valley transport corridors.

JRC was commissioned in March 2012 by CLUA and Railfuture (whose Fighting Fund funded the report) to write an appraisal of three significant rail projects in the Lea Valley, and to set out their merits.

This report responds to that commission. It describes each scheme sequentially, the rationales and merits of the proposals, present status, service plans, foreseeable demand and costs, funding matters and next steps. The report’s structure is:

Part 1: The Lea Valley’s economic, planning and transport context

Part 2: Reopening Lea Bridge station

Part 3: Better Lea Valley rail services

Part 4: Chingford Line access to Stratford.

Practitioners and campaigners will appreciate that securing even small changes in railway services and infrastructure can be a lengthy challenge that needs the best arguments and clarity about the project purpose, and to set out these points to stakeholders, funders and decision-makers. JRC hopes that this report will help the advocates of these rail projects to make the case successfully.

The desired forward timetable for the main projects offers the prospect of continuing improvements in Lea Valley Rail over the next decade, which is in keeping with the wider regeneration and economic growth agenda for the Lea Valley:

2012 Inclusion of an improved local Lea Valley rail service in 2014-19 spending

2013 Go ahead for Lea Bridge station reopening, final planning for Lea Valley locals

2014 Lea Bridge reopened, start of work on Lea Valley locals, Hackney Interchange

2015 Completion of initial works and roll-out of first improved local services

2016 Initial stance on project priorities in 2019-24, including the case for Chingford-Stratford.

(Extracted page 3 from JRC (Jonathan Roberts Consulting) June 2012 Report ‘Lea Valley Rail - Better Access to Jobs and Homes’ commissioned by Railfuture and Chingford Line Users’ Association, with minor edits.)

A presentation about the JRC Report to the CLUA 2012 AGM can be viewed or downloaded. 1.99MB

The full 25-page JRC Report can be viewed or downloaded. 3.16MB

Jonathan Roberts' presentation at Waltham Forest Town Hall to Lea Bridge businesses and developers can be viewed or downloaded. 1.08MB

You can contact CLUA to help our campaign by emailing roger.gillham at geo2.poptel.org.uk or telephone him on 0845 456 4977.

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