The station was opened in 1864 by the Eastern Counties Railway. It is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia. Train services call at Chadwell Heath as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service. From 2018, the station will be fully served by Crossrail, linking Chadwell Heath to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport. The Crossrail service will initially replace the Shenfield-Liverpool Street "metro" from May 2015.
Chadwell Heath station was opened on 11 January 1864, and is built on the site of Wangey House, one of Dagenham's oldest buildings dating back to 1250. Wangey House was partly demolished when the Eastern Counties Railway built the line in the 1830s; the last surviving portion was demolished when the London & North Eastern Railway widened the line in 1901.