Maryland Platform

Maryland Platform

Maryland Entrance

Maryland Entrance

Maryland Platform

Maryland Platform

 

The station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway on 6 January 1873 with the name Maryland Point, and was fully rebuilt in 1891 when line capacity was quadrupled. Its name was shortened to Maryland on 28 October 1940. Maryland's earliest known recorded appearance is on a map of Essex published by J. Oliver in 1696, where it is marked as 'Maryland Point'. The name originated with a rich local merchant who bought land and built in the area having returned from the American colony of Maryland (itself named for Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I). London's Maryland is therefore an unusual example of a place in Britain named after an American location, rather than vice versa. Various attempts have been made to identify the merchant. The most likely candidate seems to be Richard Lee (1617-1664, great-great-grandfather of Confederate General Robert E. Lee), who emigrated to Virginia around 1640.

 

Of the four platforms, only the two serving the "metro" lines are in regular operation, the others being used only when necessary during engineering works or temporary train path diversions. The station is one of the primary rail access points for the residential areas in the north of Stratford and the south of Leytonstone in east London. The area surrounding the station has seen much redevelopment in the 21st century, with ongoing improvements underway related to the nearby Olympic Park. Notably, the "twisted clock" timepiece/sculpture formerly installed outside Stratford station was relocated to Maryland. Maryland was added to the planned Crossrail route in August 2006 after campaigning by Newham Council, the London Transport Users Committee and others. At 169 metres (185 yd), the platforms are too short for Crossrail's new trains which will be over 200 metres (220 yd) in length, and extending the platforms is impossible due to geographical constraints. Crossrail has therefore committed to providing a full service, making use of selective door operation such that doors on some end carriages will not open at Maryland. An agreement was also reached about improving access to the station. Crossrail's precursor TfL Rail took control of the present "metro" service at the end of May 2015. It is in Travelcard Zone 3. TfL Rail trains stop on platform 1 for Eastbound (Liverpool Street) and Westbound (Shenfield) stop on platform 2.The station has wi-fi and help points.

 

Connections: London Buses routes 69, 257 and 308 and night route N8 serve the station.