TfL confirms Levelling Up funding for Leyton Underground Station redevelopment

14 February 2024

Transport hub upgrade – including step-free access - follows years of community campaigning

The Government has approved Transport for London’s (TfL) business case for redeveloping two London Tube stations; Leyton in Waltham Forest and Colindale in Barnet.

The £13.7m in Levelling Up funding for Leyton Underground Station will be combined with up to £9m in development contributions secured from local housing growth by Waltham Forest Council to enable the project’s delivery.

The plans include an additional ticket hall, two new staircases and two lifts for Leyton Station, making it step-free and fully accessible for the first time. Works are expected to begin in summer 2024, with the new station facilities opening in 2026. The station will continue to operate through the construction period other than for planned closures on the Central Line.

Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate and Air Quality, said: “In partnership with TfL, the redevelopment of Leyton Underground Station will improve and future-proof this station as a critical gateway to Leyton. Many of us have been campaigning, alongside local residents, for this important upgrade that includes much needed step-free access for many years. With this investment Leyton Underground Station will become the much needed sustainable, safe and accessible public transport hub that we need in Leyton. 

“This confirmation of Levelling Up support – combined with development contributions from local housing growth, secured by the Council – will also help unlock significant further investment in much needed new affordable homes, workspaces and community infrastructure.” 

Leyton station serves a rapidly growing community and will support major housing developments in the area, including the Council’s Coronation Square scheme which is under construction. Two thousand new homes are being built near Leyton Tube station with a further 5,300 new homes proposed. The upgraded Tube station will increase capacity, improve accessibility and provide a more comfortable and welcoming environment for users and gateway to Leyton town centre.