Wood Street London Overground
Main entrance on Upper Walthamstow Road
Wood Street is located in Greater London
Wood Street
Wood Street
Location of Wood Street in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Waltham Forest
Managed byLondon Overground
Station codeWST
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 1.650 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 1.573 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.549 million[1]
2021–22Increase 1.268 million[1]
2022–23Increase 1.611 million[1]
Key dates
17 November 1873Opened
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°35′11″N 0°00′08″W / 51.5864°N 0.0021°W / 51.5864; -0.0021
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Wood Street is a railway station on the Chingford branch of the Lea Valley lines, located in Upper Walthamstow in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, north east London. It is 7 miles 7 chains (11.4 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Walthamstow Central and Highams Park. It has been operated by London Overground since 2015.

It is also occasionally known as "Walthamstow Wood Street". The station is in Travelcard Zone 4. The station is close to Whipps Cross University Hospital.


The station was opened in 1873 by the Great Eastern Railway.[2]

On 13 February 1919 there was an accident at Wood Street when a passenger train ran into an empty stock train. Five people were injured – none seriously. The cause was a signal failure.[3]

In 1923 the Great Eastern Railway became part of the London and North Eastern Railway, which in turn was merged into British Railways Eastern Region following nationalisation in 1948.

When construction of the London Underground's Victoria line was given parliamentary approval in 1955, the plan was to build the line past Walthamstow Central station to Wood Street, where the line would surface to terminate next to the British Railways station, on land previously used as a coal depot. Before construction work started, a decision was made in 1961 to omit the section beyond Walthamstow Central.[4]

The line was electrified in 1960, and electric services commenced on 12 November. At first Class 305 EMUs were used, but initial technical problems led to their replacement by Class 302 and Class 304 EMUs.[5]

The station had a goods depot, which closed on 6 May 1968.[6]

In April 1994 Railtrack took over responsibility for the operation of the infrastructure. Train services have been operated since then by West Anglia Great Northern, National Express East Anglia, Abellio Greater Anglia and, as of 2015, by London Overground.

Engine shed

There was an engine shed located just north of Wood Street which was a sub-shed of Stratford TMD and was built in 1878.[7] The engine shed was a two road affair with space for 6 tank locomotives – there was also a short siding for coal wagons. An additional siding was added c1934.[8] By the 1950s the staff complement was 36 drivers, 36 Firemen and six Passed Cleaners although recruitment for what was a hard dirty job became more difficult during that decade.[9]

On 1 January 1922 the allocation consisted of three GER Class M15 2-4-2Ts (later LNER Class F4), two GER Class C72 (later LNER Class J68) and eleven GER Class S56 (later LNER class J69) 0-6-0T engines.[10]

In later years the main allocation of the shed was tank engines for working suburban services to and from London Liverpool Street and from the 1920s the allocation was exclusively the LNE N7 0-6-2T locomotives.

The shed was closed in 1960 when the line was electrified.


Trains are operated by London Overground.

The typical off-peak weekday service pattern is:

Journey times are 9 minutes to Chingford and 20 minutes to Liverpool Street.


London Buses routes 230 and W16 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Allen, Cecil J (1955). The Great Eastern Railway. Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 234–239.
  3. ^ Voisey, Francis (January 2005). Great Eastern Railway Society Journal (121): 121.18–121.19. ((cite journal)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Horne, Mike (2005). The Victoria Line: An Illustrated History. Capital Transport. p. 26. ISBN 1-85414-292-5.
  5. ^ Baker, John (July 1993). "Great Eastern section Electrification part 6". Great Eastern Journal (75): 29.
  6. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways ((2nd run) ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. p. 379. ISBN 1-85414-209-7.
  7. ^ Hardy, Richard (April 2005). "Wood Street Loco – W J Barker Shed Chargeman". Great Eastern Railway Journal. 122: 122.2–122.6.
  8. ^ Hawkins, Chris (1986). Great Eastern Railway Engine Sheds Part 1. Didcot: Wild Swan. pp. 62–68. ISBN 0-906867-40-1.
  9. ^ Goodey, Peter (October 2004). Great Eastern Railway Society Journal. 104: 20. ((cite journal)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Hawkins, Chris; Reeves, George (1987). Great Eastern Railway Engine Shed Part 2. Didcot UK: Wild Swan. p. 379. ISBN 0-906867-48-7.
Preceding station London Overground Following station
Walthamstow Central Chingford line Highams Park
towards Chingford
Abandoned Plans
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Walthamstow Central
towards Victoria
Victoria line Terminus