London Fields Platform

London Fields Platform

London Fields Entrance

London Fields Entrance

London Fields Platform

London Fields Platform

 

The station dates from 1872, with electrification instituted in 1960. London Fields is a park and district in north-east London, England, and situated in the borough of Hackney. The park itself was first recorded in 1540. At this time it was common ground and was used by drovers to pasture their livestock before taking them to market in London. London Fields is 12.65 hectares (31.3 acres) in extent; about one-third of its original size. London Fields sports a cricket pitch, a heated 50m lido and lido cafe, grass areas, designated barbecue area, a small BMX track, tennis courts, a table tennis table, toilet blocks and two children's play areas. A document in Hackney library records a game of cricket to have been played on the park as early as 1802, and the cricket square on London Fields continues to host competitive games throughout the summer (late April — mid September). Several teams from the North East London Cricket League regard the park as their home pitch, most notably London Fields CC, based from the Pub on the Park.

 

The station was closed during World War I as a wartime economy measure. The station was reduced to weekday peak period-only service for much of the 1980s & 1990s and had its services suspended altogether for more than two years after a 1985 fire that seriously damaged the main station buildings, putting its future in serious doubt. Repairs were eventually carried out and the station reopened in 1988, though still on a restricted basis (like neighbouring Cambridge Heath) - it eventually regained a regular daytime service at the May 1998 timetable change. Evening & Saturday trains followed in 2001, with the current 15-minute interval service and Sunday trains commencing in December 2005. The station and all services that called here used to be operated by Abellio Greater Anglia as part of the Greater Anglia franchise. On 31 May 2015 they were transferred to London Overground concession holder London Overground Rail Operations. The typical off-peak service from the station is 4 tph (trains per hour) to London Liverpool Street southbound. Northbound 2tph to Enfield Town, and 2tph to Cheshunt via Seven Sisters. On Sundays there are 2tph to Liverpool St & Enfield Town. The station is in Travel Card Zone 2. The station has wi-fi, payphones and help points, but no toilets.

 

Connections: No buses serve the station. London Buses routes 48, 55, 106, 236, 254, and 277 and night routes N55 and N253 are available at St Thomas Square, some 5 minutes walk away.