Leytonstone London Underground
Eastern entrance on Church Lane
Leytonstone is located in Greater London
Location of Leytonstone in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Waltham Forest
Managed byLondon Underground
Station codeLES[1]
Number of platforms3
Fare zone3 and 4
OSILeytonstone High Road London Overground[2]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Decrease 10.05 million[3]
2019Decrease 9.82 million[4]
2020Decrease 5.65 million[5]
2021Decrease 4.26 million[6]
2022Increase 6.70 million[7]
Railway companies
Original companyEastern Counties Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
22 August 1856 (1856-08-22)Opened
5 May 1947Central line service introduced
1 September 1955Goods yard closed[8]
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°34′06″N 0°00′30″E / 51.5683°N 0.0083°E / 51.5683; 0.0083
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Leytonstone is a London Underground station in Leytonstone in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, east London. It is on the Central line, on the boundary of Zones 3 and 4. Towards Central London, the next station is Leyton, while going east from Leytonstone, the line divides into two branches. On the direct route to Woodford and Epping the next stop is Snaresbrook, and on the Hainault loop it is Wanstead. The station is close to Whipps Cross University Hospital. It is a terminus for some services and returns westbound.


The railway line from Loughton Branch Junction (on the Lea Valley line between Stratford and Lea Bridge) to Loughton was built by the Eastern Counties Railway and opened on 22 August 1856.[9] A station at Leytonstone was opened on the same day.[10] In turn it became, from 1862, part of the Great Eastern Railway system and then in 1923 part of the London & North Eastern Railway before being transferred to London Transport in 1947. This formed part of the New Works Programme (1935–1940) that was to see major changes at Leytonstone with the station becoming the junction of the existing Loughton-Epping-Ongar line, newly electrified, with the new tube tunnel running under Eastern Avenue towards Newbury Park. This work saw a complete reconstruction of the station along with the removal of the level crossing at Church Lane and its replacement by an underbridge. The work stopped in May 1940 due to wartime priorities; further delays were caused by the station buildings being hit by a German bomb in January 1944. During the war, the new tunnels were used as an aircraft component factory; the part closest to Leytonstone was a public air-raid shelter.[11]

The station was first served by the Central line on 5 May 1947, when it became the temporary terminus of the line, passengers changing to steam shuttle onwards to Epping. This ceased on 14 December 1947 with the extension of Underground services to Woodford and Newbury Park.

Notable events


London Buses routes 66, 145, 257, 339, W13, W14, W15, W16 and W19 and night route N8 serve the station and bus station.



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  2. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 14 January 2023. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2022. Transport for London. 4 October 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  8. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be – freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News (591). London Underground Railway Society: 175–183. ISSN 0306-8617.
  9. ^ Allen, Cecil J. (1956) [1955]. The Great Eastern Railway (2nd ed.). Hampton Court: Ian Allan. pp. 20, 216.
  10. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 142. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  11. ^ How the Railway Came to Leytonstone, Alan Simpson, Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society 2006
  12. ^ "Alfred Hitchcock mosaics, Leytonstone, London". thejoyofshards.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Leytonstone Tube station stabbing a 'terrorist incident'". BBC News. 6 December 2015.
  14. ^ Gayle, Damien (7 December 2015). "David Cameron praises 'You ain't no Muslim, bruv' remark". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Leyton Central line Snaresbrook
towards Epping
towards Hainault or Woodford via Hainault
Out of system interchange
Preceding station London Overground Following station
Leyton Midland Road
towards Gospel Oak
Gospel Oak to Barking line Wanstead Park
Historical railways
Line and station open
  Great Eastern Railway
Eastern Counties Railway
Loughton branch
Line and station open