Location of Snaresbrook in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Redbridge|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|Original company||Eastern Counties Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|22 August 1856||Opened as Snaresbrook|
|1857||Renamed Snaresbrook for Wanstead|
|November 1898||Renamed Snaresbrook and Wanstead|
|1929||Renamed Snaresbrook for Wanstead|
|14 December 1947||Central line service introduced; renamed Snaresbrook|
|1949||Goods yard closed|
|1970||Final British Rail service|
|London transport portal|
Snaresbrook is a London Underground station on the Central line, located in the area of Snaresbrook in East London. The station is in Zone 4, between Leytonstone and South Woodford stations.
The station was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway on 22 August 1856 as part of their branch to Loughton which opened that day. Originally named Snaresbrook, the station was renamed several times: Snaresbrook for Wanstead in 1857; Snaresbrook and Wanstead in November 1898; Snaresbrook for Wanstead in 1929; and Snaresbrook on 14 December 1947. The station formed part of the Great Eastern Railway's system until that company amalgamated with other railways to create the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. The station was subsequently transferred to form part of London Underground's Central line from 14 December 1947. This formed a part of the long planned, and delayed, Eastern Extension of the Central line that was part of the London Passenger Transport Board's "New Works Programme" of 1935–1940.
The station was partially reconstructed in 1893, the most notable feature being the provision of a bay platform that remained in use until transfer to the Underground.
The station is a fine survivor of a Victorian suburban station, with later additions, and includes a brick built station building as well as extensive cast iron and timber canopies to the platforms. A small secondary ticket office, serving the westbound platforms, was constructed in c.1948 but this is now unused. Also of note, dating from the same date, are the examples of the concrete roundels (some combined with lamp posts) found on the platforms.
In 2018, it was announced that the station would gain step-free access by 2023–24, as part of a £200m investment to increase the number of accessible stations on the Tube.
In addition to the main building, an alternative exit open at morning peak hours is available directly on the south side of Wanstead High Street, with another open all day on the north side of the same road accessible via footbridge running parallel to the railway.
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
|Leytonstone||Central line||South Woodford|
Line and station open
|Great Eastern Railway
Eastern Counties Railway
Line and station open
London Buses route W14 serves the station.