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.
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 confirmed all-day/every-day half-hourly services to 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.

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


►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 June 2016, March 2017 and January 2019.
Now see Lea Bridge masterplan and images.

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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