Emerson Park railway station

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Emerson Park
National Rail
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Emerson Park is located in Greater London
Emerson Park
Emerson Park
Location of Emerson Park in Greater London
Location Emerson Park
Local authority London Borough of Havering
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Station code EMP
Number of platforms 1
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 Increase 82,148[1]
2011–12 Increase 94,746[1]
2012–13 Increase 113,904[1]
Key dates
1 October 1909 Opened
Other information
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External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°34′07″N 0°13′13″E / 51.5687°N 0.2204°E / 51.5687; 0.2204

Emerson Park railway station is a National Rail station on Butts Green Road in the Emerson Park neighbourhood of the London Borough of Havering in northeast London, England. The station is on the Romford to Upminster Line and is the only intermediate station of that line. The station was opened in 1909 by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway on a branch line which had connected Romford with Upminster and Grays since 1893. The station is managed by Abellio Greater Anglia who also provide all train services. It has no station buildings other than a platform canopy over the single platform. It has very low, but growing, usage for a suburban railway station with 113,904 entries and exits in the year starting April 2013, up 20.22 % from 2012–2013.

History[edit]

The Romford to Upminster Line was constructed in 1893 as a branch of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. Property development in the immediate area and in 1908 the proposed new railway station at Gidea Park (opened 1 December 1910) on the GER prompted the LT&SR to construct a station on their branch. The station was opened on 1 October 1909 as Emerson Park Halt by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway[2] on the branch line from Romford to Grays via Upminster, where it connected with the main route from Fenchurch Street in the City of London. A run round loop was constructed 500 yards to the west to enable extra trains to run between Emerson Park and Upminster. When push-pull working began in 1934 the loop was not needed and taken out c. 1936.[3] Originally named Emerson Park Halt, and shown in some timetables as Emerson Park and Great Nelmes Halt, the station name was later simplified to Emerson Park, but the date is not recorded.[2] Even though the station is called Emerson Park a sign installed by National Express East Anglia in the late 2000s reads Welcome to Emerson Park Halt.

On 31 May 2015 the station, along with the Romford to Upminster line service, will transfer from Abellio Greater Anglia to London Overground Rail Operations.[4][5]

Design[edit]

The station consists of a side platform located to the north of the single track. Access to the street is provided by a ramp. The station is of basic design and has no station buildings other than a platform canopy. There are two Oyster card validators, but no ticket vending machines. A television monitor underneath the station canopy provides train departure information.

Location and connections[edit]

The station is named after the Emerson Park suburban neighbourhood in which it is located. It is situated on Butts Green Road in the London Borough of Havering.

London Buses Routes 165, 256 and 370 serve the station, providing connections to Ardleigh Green, Harold Wood, Hornchurch, Lakeside, Rainham, Romford and Upminster.[6]

It is one of three stations in Hornchurch, all some distance from the town centre, the others are Hornchurch and Upminster Bridge on the London Underground.

Services[edit]

Emerson Park Halt signage

The station is in London fare zone 6. The typical off-peak service from the station is two Greater Anglia trains per hour to Upminster and two to Romford. In the morning peak there is a slightly increased service frequency. [7] The journey time to Upminster is four minutes and to Romford is four minutes. Oyster card pay as you go has been available at the station since 2 January 2010. Total number of passenger entries and exits at the station during the year is as follows:

Year Entries and exits (% change from prior year)
2004-5
31,677
2005-6
31,523(-0.49%)
2006-7
46,455(32.14%)
2007-8
66,647(30.30%)
2008-9
58,602(-13.73%)
2009-10
71,116(17.60%)
2010-1
82,148(13.43%)
2011-2
94,746
2012-3
113,904

During the 2012-2013 year there were 113,904 passenger entries and exits at the station, continuing a trend of growth over the preceding years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 91. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ Kay, Peter. The London Tilbury and Southend Railway Vol 2. p. 83. ISBN 1-899890-19-X. 
  4. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  5. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
  6. ^ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/emersonpark-12495.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com/content/download/35256/400738/file/6+Shenfield+-+Liverpool+St.pdf

External links[edit]

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