Accessing Chigwell 

April 7th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Accessing Chigwell 

Chigwell is surrounded by countryside but is so easy to access from London via the Central Line. Indeed there are three Tube stations that serve the area well and all are on the Central line and all are in Zone 4: Chigwell, Grange Hill and Hainault. The journey from Chigwell takes 26 minutes to Liverpool Street and 36 minutes to Oxford Circus meaning the best of the capital can be enjoyed in a very short time.

Chigwell boasts other enviable transport links; it is within easy access to the M11 and North Circular, so even visiting the capital by car or getting out of town on a pleasure or business trip into the English countryside is both simple and speedy.

If you are a rail enthusiast you will be interested to know that historically the railway from London to Epping passed through Buckhurst Hill, where there is also a station. A loop line developed from Woodford to Hainault, Newbury Park, and Leytonstone branches east from the Epping line. There are still stations at Roding Valley (South Buckhurst Hill), Chigwell (½ mile south of the village), and Grange Hill. Hainault station, just outside Chigwell parish. Both lines were electrified and form part of the Central London Line.

The Eastern Counties Railway extended its line from Woodford to Loughton in 1856, with a station at Buckhurst Hill. In 1903 the Ilford loop was opened, with stations at Chigwell and Grange Hill. In 1937 a new station was opened at Roding Valley, on this loop, to serve the southern part of Buckhurst Hill.

This fabulous access between central London and Chigwell has meant that large detached properties with gardens abound. Chigwell may not be a shopping destination but there are plenty of amenities in nearby Woodford. And remember Westfield Stratford, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, is less than half an hour from Chigwell centre and is home to around 350 shops and services, from the highest end to high street.