Leyton Underground Station (1)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


People in Leyton have been campaigning for years to get the side entrance of Leyton Underground Station reopened at peak times to alleviate congestion. In response to this local campaign by users and residents, London Underground maintains they do not have the requisite funds to invest in the essential work. Can you give me a breakdown of the costs involved in fully equipping and staffing this much needed access point?


Answer for Leyton Underground Station (1)

Answer for Leyton Underground Station (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Bringing the side entrance into daily operation would require substantial investment including installing new Oyster ticket gates, additional public address, CCTV, lighting, and other customer safety provisions. It would also potentially involve changes in the layout of the adjoining ticket hall as well as the public footway outside the station.

It will not be possible to provide an accurate estimate of the costs involved to do this without undertaking preliminary assessment work and a feasibility study at the station, which in itself would involve a budget. In the current economic climate, where TfL is seeing both a loss in revenue as well as increased costs due to Metronet, there is no funding available to do this.