- Newbury Park tube station
Location of Newbury Park in Greater London
Location Newbury Park Local authority London Borough of Redbridge Managed by London Underground Number of platforms 2 Fare zone 4 London Underground annual entry and exit 2008 3.590 million 2009 3.930 million 2010 3.850 million 1903 Opened (GER) 1947 Closed (LNER) 1947 Opened as terminus (Central line) 1948 Became through station 4 October 1965 Goods yard closed List of stations Underground · National Rail
In 2009, because of financial constraints, TfL decided to stop work on a project to provide step-free access at Newbury Park and five other stations, on the grounds that these are relatively quiet stations and some are already one or two stops away from an existing step-free station. Hainault station which has step-free access is three stops to the north. £4.6 million was spent on Newbury Park before the project was halted.
Newbury Park originally opened on 1 May 1903, as part of a Great Eastern Railway (GER) branch line from Woodford to Ilford via Hainault, known as the Fairlop Loop. This line, designed to stimulate suburban growth, had a chequered career. As a consequence of the 1921 Railways Act, the GER was merged with other railway companies in 1923 to become part of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER).
As part of the 1935 - 1940 "New Works Programme" of the London Passenger Transport Board the majority of the loop was to be transferred to form the eastern extensions of the Central line. Although work commenced in 1938 it was suspended upon the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and work only recommenced in 1945. This involved the construction of a new tube tunnel from Leytonstone via Redbridge which surfaced at Newbury Park to connect with the lines of the existing Ilford - Woodford branch.
Steam train services serving Newbury Park were suspended on 29 November 1947 and electrified Central line passenger services, to Central London via Gants Hill, finally commenced on 14 December 1947. On the same day the line beyond, to the new Hainault depot, was electrified for empty train movements. The station ceased to be the temporary terminus of the Central line on 31 May 1948 with the extension of passenger services to Hainault station. The surface tracks from Newbury Park to Ilford were severed by expansion of Ilford Carriage Sheds in 1947, whilst those to Seven Kings were severed in 1956. The former alignment was in a cutting which was filled in and subsequently provided land for allotment gardens and (more recently) housing. Three road bridges apparently spanning a missing alignment are the only clues to the old railway. The last vestige of the former line was a turn-back siding south of the station, used by main-line freight trains travelling around the loop from Woodford until 1965, and by Underground engineering trains until 1992 when it was finally abandoned.
North of the station, the tracks were rearranged upon transfer to London Underground such that the former through eastbound road became a reversing siding, though retaining the connection towards Barkingside, whilst through trains use a road formerly part of the sidings and freight-yard built to the west of the running lines. The northern end of the platforms were truncated to facilitate insertion of the points-work for the re-arrangement. The sidings were abandoned when Hainault depot fully opened in 1948, whilst the freight yard closed in 1965. Today some eastbound trains still terminate at Newbury Park before reversing back to central London.
The station's most prominent feature is the adjacent bus station. designed by Oliver Hill, and opened on 6 July 1949. Distinguished by the copper covered barrel-vaulted roof the structure, now "Listed" as being of architectural merit, it also won a Festival of Britain architectural award in 1951. The rest of the station's proposed reconstruction was not completed due to post-war economies. The original station building, which was very similar to Chigwell tube station (further north on the Loop), was demolished in 1956 to facilitate widening of the adjacent A12 Eastern Avenue. Another similar building existed at Grange Hill tube station (the next station south from Chigwell) but this was flattened by a German V1 flying bomb in 1944.
Route Number Route Via Operator Operation 66 Leytonstone Station to Romford Station Wanstead , Redbridge , Gants Hill , Newbury Park Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times 296 Ilford Sainbury's to Romford Station Gants Hill , Newbury Park, Rose Lane East London Daily. London Buses service. Times 396 Ilford Sainbury's to King George Hospital Gants Hill , Newbury Park, Little Heath East London Daily. London Buses service. Times
The A12 Eastern Avenue crosses the Central line just to the south of the station. Note eastbound tunnel portal.
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- London Transport Museum Photographic Archive - Bus Station shortly after opening
Preceding station London Underground Following station Central lineHainault loop Disused railways Ilford LNER
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