Woodgrange Park railway station

Woodgrange Park London Overground
Woodgrange Park stn entrance.JPG
The station entrance in 2008
Woodgrange Park is located in Greater London
Woodgrange Park
Woodgrange Park
Location of Woodgrange Park in Greater London
LocationManor Park, London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Newham
Grid referenceTQ418853
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeWGR
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3 and 4
OSIManor Park Crossrail[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 0.751 million[2]
2015–16Increase 0.978 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 0.196 million[2]
2017–18Increase 0.514 million[2]
2018–19Increase 0.765 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyTottenham and Forest Gate Railway
Key dates
9 July 1894Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°32′55″N 0°02′43″E / 51.5487°N 0.0454°E / 51.5487; 0.0454Coordinates: 51°32′55″N 0°02′43″E / 51.5487°N 0.0454°E / 51.5487; 0.0454
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Woodgrange Park railway station is a London Overground station on Romford Road in Manor Park in the London Borough of Newham, east London. It is the penultimate station on the Gospel Oak to Barking line, 12 miles 1 chain (19.3 km) down the line from Gospel Oak; it lies in Travelcard Zones 3 and 4.[3] The station is managed by London Overground, which also provides all train services. It has only limited station buildings and facilities, and as of October 2019 is the 9th least-used railway station in Greater London.

LocationEdit

The station is on the Gospel Oak to Barking line, 1.75 miles (2.82 km) west of Barking. Its National Location Code (NLC) is 7467. It stands on Romford Road, a short walk from Manor Park station[4] with which Woodgrange Park has an official out-of-station interchange.[1] However, the National Rail Timetable suggests interchanging one stop to the west, from Wanstead Park to Forest Gate.[5]

HistoryEdit

Track was laid through the site in 1854 as part of the first section of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway, from Forest Gate Junction on the Eastern Counties Railway to Barking.[6] In 1894 the Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway opened a new railway to Tottenham, beginning at a junction just north of the station site.[6] The station was opened on 9 July 1894.[6] A short spur line to East Ham was opened in 1894, and was closed in 1958.[7] Goods Yard closed 7 December 1964.

Unusually for the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, the section through the station is electrified—and has been since 1962, when it was so treated as part of the LT&SR modernisation & electrification scheme—because the line is used by a limited number of c2c services (which do not stop at Woodgrange Park) and by regular freight trains.[8]

DesignEdit

It is a station with limited facilities; the ticket office was demolished in the late 1990s, and the space used for a small cycle rack. Staff operate from a container-sized portable office. Recently[when?] a number of self-service touch-screen ticket machines have been added, which accept coins, credit cards and notes. Oyster card validators have also been installed. The station was briefly equipped with APTIS equipment in 1988/89.[citation needed]

Services and connectionsEdit

The normal London Overground passenger service is four trains per hour in each direction, dropping to half-hourly in the evenings. While a parliamentary train service also operated by London Overground runs at 07:59 on Mondays to Fridays from Woodgrange Park to Willesden Junction (no return).[9][10] The line is also used for freight trains to and from the Port of Tilbury[11][12] and the railfreight terminal at Dagenham Dock.[13] c2c's infrequent services to Liverpool Street also pass through without stopping.[citation needed]

London Bus routes 25, 86 and 425, and night route N25 and N86 serve the bus stop just outside the station.[14]

Future proposalsEdit

In common with other stations on the line, usage has greatly increased in recent years, following improvements in train services and the reintroduction of station staff, and peak-hour overcrowding of the two-car diesel trains is now a major issue.[15] Electrification of the Gospel Oak route is now scheduled to be carried out by Network Rail (at a cost of some £115 million) over the next few years, with completion due by 2017.[16]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Woodgrange Park Railway Station". Google Maps.
  5. ^ National Rail. "Timetable" (PDF). p. 46. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2009.
  6. ^ a b c "A Short History Of The Line". Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group.
  7. ^ Borley, H.V. Chronology of London Railways. p. 20.
  8. ^ "Woodgrange Park Railway Station". Mapio.net. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  9. ^ "PSUL 2016". Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Gospel Oak to Barking timetable" (PDF). Transport for London. December 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Freightliner services". Low Carbon Freight Dividend. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  12. ^ Network Rail. "Network Rail WTT LD03 - Tottenham South Jcn to Thames Haven, 16 May - December 2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  13. ^ Addison, Martin. "Downpour at Dagenham Dock". Geograph.org. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Buses from Manor Park" (PDF). Transport for London. September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  15. ^ Gruner, Peter (25 March 2010). "'Overcrowded' trains danger on Gospel Oak to Barking line". Camden New Journal. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015.
  16. ^ Network Rail (1 February 2016). "Vital work paves the way for electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line" (Press release). Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.

External linksEdit

Preceding station       London Overground   Following station
towards Gospel Oak
Gospel Oak to Barking Line
Terminus
  Disused Railways  
Wanstead Park   Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway   Barking
Wanstead Park   Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway   East Ham