Services from Stratford to Stansted Airport and to Hertford East began in December 2005.
From December 2005, the new 'one' timetable introduced peak services between Stratford and Hertford East, and off-peak hourly services between Stratford and Stansted Airport. This vastly enhanced the previous service from Stratford to the north, which operated only once per day.
Services operate between Stratford and Hertford East during the peaks, although some services only run to Broxbourne for connections to Hertford, and others run to Bishop's Stortford. A few of the direct Stratford - Hertford services replaced previous trains between Liverpool Street and Hertford. This is because no more paths exist on the Hertford branch due to the single track section at Ware. The Stratford service operates via Tottenham Hale and the Lea Valley Line, and connects to fast Liverpool Street services at Broxbourne to maintain services for City commuters.
The off-peak service runs between Stratford and Stansted Airport, making a number of stops en route, on a regular hourly timetable between 10.00 and 17.00.
Serving Stratford is already important for connections to Canary Wharf and the Docklands; it will become even more important when the Channel Tunnel Rail Link opens in 2007 with a station at Stratford.
TfL would like to see Chingford - Liverpool Street trains diverted via Stratford. This would require reconstruction of a dismantled railway curve at Walthamstow Marshes. [TfL: T2025]
National Express have also noted that they have no objections to serving proposed new stations on the Lea Valley line between Stratford and Tottenham, at Lea Bridge Road and possibly Ruckholt Road (Temple Mills) (which would be adjacent to the proposed Olympic site).
Lea Bridge Road
The former station here (Lea Bridge) was closed in 1985, and would need complete reconstruction if it were to reopen, at a cost of £4m. The promoters of this reopening, the Walthamstow & Lea Bridge Community Council, believe that it would be best served by a new Chingford - Stratford service, which would require reopening of the Hall Farm Curve between this line and the Chingford line, at a cost of around £15m. However, TfL believe there is a poor business case for the reconstruction of this curve.
This station on Ruckholt Road was originally part of the Olympic bid but was dropped as demand was estimated to be low. A pedestrian link would have connected it to the nearby ASDA and then to Leyton station on the Central line.
No current news for this project.
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