The Eastern End of the Central Line

It is a long while since I lasted created anything new for this site, so I hope you all enjoy this. This post is going to look specifically at the section of the Central line beyond Stratford, where according to usual maps there are no interchanges…

EPPING – STRATFORD

In an earlier post here I looked at Loughton and Chingford, which is the first point at which even on my definition one is within walking distance of a station on another line. The shortest walking route between the two stations is two and a half miles, and as we will see there is an alternative further along which is better in two different ways.

Snaresbrook is 1.4 miles from Wood Street, two stops south of Chingford and one north of Walthamstow Central (Victoria line). As well as being less of a walk than the Loughton – Chingford connection this route has another advantage for those thinking of using the Victoria Line – if facing a long wait for train at Wood Street one could walk on to Walthamstow Central (I reckon that I would personally opt for this if the wait was due to me 20 minutes or more). The satellite view below shows Snaresbrook, Wood Street and Walthamstow Central:

Both of the next two stops after Snaresbrook as we head into London offer the opportunity to walk to stations that are on the Barking – Gospel Oak line, although other than Barking itself the only station on that line that might be useful for further onward travel is Blackhorse Road, which like Walthamstow is on the Victoria line. Leytonstone to Leytonstone High Road is a distance of approximately half a mile, while Leyton to Leyton Midland Road is about double that. Below is a satellite view showing the longer walk and also the locations of Leytonstone High Road and Leytonstone:

THE HAINAULT LOOP

There are two stations on this loop that offer genuinely walkable but unrecognized interchanges, both to stations on the line that runs from Liverpool Street to Essex and East Anglia, and one at least of which will be on Crossrail, aka the Elizabeth Line, when that line eventually opens. Gants Hill is about a mile and half from Ilford, while Newbury Park is just over a mile from Seven Kings. The latter is definitely a short walk, but more trains stop at Ilford. Here is another satellite view showing these connections:

Of course in central London there are many examples, some well known and some not so well known of stations that are close enough to one another for walking between them to be a good possibility – just one example here: If I was on the Victoria line and needed to get on to the Metropolitan or Hammersmith and City line I would probably opt to get off at Warren Street and walk round the corner to Euston Square rather than tackle Kings Cross St Pancras. Here, from the diagrammatic history of London Underground is the eastern section of the central line:

Student Central

INTRODUCTION

On Saturday I attended an event at Student Central, formerly known as the University of London Union (ULU), on Malet Street – for more details please click here. Student Central is walkable from many stations, and as it is far more than just a student venue, this post aims to set out these various connections.

STATIONS FROM WHICH IT IS WALKABLE

Student Central is walkable from the following stations:

OTHER CONNECTIONS

For those coming into London from outside, the best routes from the main places at which you would arrive and which are not within walking distance are:

  • Finsbury Park if on a stopper from Cambridge or Peterborough – straight choice between Victoria to Euston or Piccadilly to Russell Square
  • Moorgate – Metropolitan/ Circle/ Hammersmith & City to Euston Square or Northern to Euston
  • Liverpool Street –¬†Metropolitan/ Circle/ Hammersmith & City to Euston Square or Central to Tottenham Court Road.
  • Fenchurch Street – Circle line to Euston Square.
  • London Bridge – Northern line to Euston
  • Victoria (including the Coach Station) – Victoria line to Warren Street
  • Waterloo – Northern to Tottenham Court Road
  • Paddington – Hammersmith and City to Euston Square – do not be tempted by the fact that the District & Circle lines have a station officially designated as Paddington – the Hammersmith and City platforms are structurally part of the main station.
  • Marylebone – walk to Baker Street and get and eastbound train to Euston Square.

Here to end this post is a map showing Student Central…

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