Crowds celebrated as Lea Bridge Station reopened, welcoming passengers for the first time in 31 years.
Scores descended on the station on Monday May 16 to welcome Waltham Forest council leader, Chris Robbins, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Claire Perry, on the first train from Tottenham Hale (see photo left).
Lea Bridge, which at the time of its closure in 1985 was being used by just a handful of passengers each day, is now expected to serve over 350,000 passengers a year by 2031.
The new services form part of a wider redevelopment of the surrounding area, which include plans for 300 new homes, sports facilities and shops.
Waltham Forest council leader, Chris Robbins, said: “We are very excited to be reopening Lea Bridge Station after 31 years,not just for people already living in the Leyton area, but for the businesses nearby and investors who are interested in this part of our borough.There is huge scope for growth in Leyton and Lea Bridge and we are already working on a masterplan to look at how we can unlock its potential.”