Turkey Street railway station

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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Use British English Template:Infobox London station Turkey Street railway station is located in the Bullsmoor area of Enfield in the London Borough of Enfield, North London.

The station is in Travelcard Zone 6 and is served by Lea Valley Lines services. The station is operated by Greater Anglia as are all trains serving it.

History

The railway line from Bury Street Junction, north of the current Edmonton Green station, to Cheshunt was opened by the Great Eastern Railway on 1 October 1891. It was known as the Churchbury Loop.

The district served by the line was still predominantly rural, and the coming of the tram to Waltham Cross in 1904 saw the railway unable to compete. Passenger services ceased on 1 October 1909, but were reinstated for the benefit of munitions workers between 1 March 1915 and 1 July 1919.

After that the line was only served by freight trains until the line was electrified as part of a wider scheme, and Turkey Street station reopened to passengers on 21 November 1960. The line is now known as the Southbury Loop.

The station was opened as Forty Hill railway station, and did not gain its current name until 1960. The goods depot at the station closed in 1966.

The current station building was built in the late 1980s. The previous and original station building had a prominent tall chimney stack for the station master's coal fire which brought the top of the chimney above platform level. The station itself is constructed on an incline and the ticket office area of the track is raised on an embankment so the chimney was very prominent. The interior of the original station consisted of a large ticket hall with the station master's office and serving hatch on the left hand side (From the entrance). A tunnel in front of you led to the stairs to the Cheshunt bound platform. This tunnel was used in the rebuild. To the right were the stairs to the Liverpool Street platform. The stairwells were also reused in the rebuild but the concrete steps were replaced with steel ones.

When originally built the station was on the other side of the railway bridge and a wide footbridge over the Turkey Brook led directly to the Cheshunt bound platform. This entrance was disused from the early 1970s onwards and the former station building was converted to a newsagent and general store, the footbridge was used for storage for the shop and the entrance to the actual station area had a large iron gate but was bricked up when the station was rebuilt.

The platforms were of standard length and had large open fronted waiting areas of concrete walls and felt covered wooden roof with a long single bench along the rear wall. These were demolished when the station was rebuilt.

In the 1980s the station was served by British Rail Class 305 EMUs going to and from London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt. Around the same time as the rebuild the 305s were slowly replaced by British Rail Class 315. The Cheshunt service was extended to Hertford East in the late 1980s utilising the existing main line from Cheshunt to Broxbourne and the existing branch to Hertford East.

The trains are often used by St Ignatius' College and Lea Valley High School (prev The Bullsmoor School) pupils and is popular with commuters due to the amount of local parking.

Service

The typical off-peak service from the station is two trains per hour to Cheshunt, and two trains per hour to London Liverpool Street.

Transport links

London bus route 327.

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