The line is notorious for its unreliability as antiquated signalling or 34-year-old trains fail to take the strain. Stations are in an appalling state and bridges are crumbling. Despite all this, 4,000 people use the trains each weekday, because they can whisk people between North and East London in a fraction of the time it would take by car. British Rail admits the service could carry 50 per cent more passengers if it was upgraded.
The Waltham Forest Transport Action Group has calculated that £25m worth of investment could transform the service. This is just a tenth of the cost of the M11 link road that passes beneath the line.
Waltham Forest Transport Action Group