Blackhorse Road Station

Defibrillators in every Waltham Forest underground and overground station

Published: 18 October 2023
Filed under: Public Health

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London has announced that all London Underground, London Overground, and Elizabeth Line stations are being equipped with a lifesaving defibrillator, marking World Restart a Heart Day on Tuesday 16 October 2023.

City Hall, London Ambulance Service, and TfL have joined forces to ensure that Waltham Forest residents have easy access to defibrillators at major transport hubs, including: 

  • all London Underground stations (including Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow Central, Leyton and Leytonstone)
  • all London Overground stations (including Chingford, Highams Park, Wood Street, Walthamstow Central, Walthamstow Queens Road, Blackhorse Road, Leyton Midland Road and Leytonstone High Road)
  • Many bus interchanges/stations (including 150-152 Station Road, Chingford) 

Last year, the London Ambulance Service responded to around 13,000 cardiac arrests across the capital. Fewer than one in 10 people currently survive a cardiac arrest. For every minute that goes by without life-saving interventions like CPR and defibrillation, the chances of a person surviving cardiac arrest decrease by 10 percent. 

Acting quickly to perform CPR (chest compressions) or to use the nearest defibrillator could make a huge difference and help increase a person’s chances of surviving. In the few minutes it takes for an ambulance crew to arrive at the scene, your actions can only improve a person’s chances of survival, meaning you can be the difference between life and death. Every second counts and anyone who learns these skills could save the life of a loved one.