The green-light means the tube station will gain a new ticket hall and be fully accessible once works are complete in 2026
Work on making Leyton Station step-free will begin in the summer after the government confirmed Levelling Up funding worth £13.7million.
The funding comes as part of a total Levelling Up fund package of £43.1m that is split between Leyton and Colindale Station in the borough of Barnet.
According to a Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson, the £13.7m will arrive Leyton Station will arrive once detailed design work is completed in early 2024. The spokesperson added that the station will continue to stay open throughout the construction period and that the new facilities will open in 2026.
The Central Line station will get a new ticket hall built adjacent to the current one, two new staircases, and two lifts which will make it fully accessible.
Waltham Forest Council is providing an additional £9m towards the construction efforts.
In a press release, TfL said the construction contract is “expected” to be awarded in summer 2024.
Council deputy leader Clyde Loakes 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.”
Seb Dance, City Hall’s deputy mayor for transport, said: “London’s diversity is one of its biggest strengths. The mayor wants everyone, whether resident, visitor or worker, to be able to participate in and enjoy all that our great city has to offer and making London’s transport network as accessible as possible is a key part of this.
“The mayor and I are delighted that the Government has confirmed funding to upgrade Colindale and Leyton stations. These vital updates will include making both stations step-free along with increasing their capacity, helping us to continue building a better, fairer London for all.”
The news comes amid wider development plans for thousands of new homes in the area around Leyton Station. The first phase of Taylor Wimpey’s currently under construction 750-home Coronation Square scheme is due for completion in 2024.