Seven Kings railway station

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Seven Kings National Rail
Seven Kings stn building.JPG
Seven Kings is located in Greater London
Seven Kings
Seven Kings
Location of Seven Kings in Greater London
Location Seven Kings
Local authority London Borough of Redbridge
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Station code SVK
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 Increase 1.765 million[1]
2008–09 Decrease 1.658 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 1.528 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.709 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.880 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 2.113 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 2.331 million[1]
Key dates
1 March 1899 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°33′49″N 0°05′49″E / 51.5635°N 0.0969°E / 51.5635; 0.0969

Seven Kings railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line serving the district of Seven Kings in the London Borough of Redbridge, east London. It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Ilford and Goodmayes. Its three-letter station code is SVK and it is in Travelcard Zone 4.

The station was opened in 1899 by the Great Eastern Railway. It is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia. Train services call at Seven Kings as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service. From 2018, the station will be fully served by Crossrail, linking Seven Kings to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport.[2] TfL Rail, the precursor of Crossrail, will take over the running of the Shenfield "metro" from 31 May 2015.


Seven Kings station was opened on 1 March 1899. Before the London Underground's Central line was extended from Stratford via Gants Hill to Newbury Park in 1947, Seven Kings was one of two junctions for the Fairlop Loop to Woodford via Hainault. Seven Kings West Junction (used for freight, excursion and empty stock traffic) was closed in 1956, though the other connection, from Ilford, was severed as early as 1947 due to the expansion of Ilford sheds, which is easily visible from the western end of Seven Kings station. The carriage sheds comprise a large depot which includes two workshops.

On 23 January 1963, eight people were injured in a rear-end collision between two trains just outside of Seven Kings station. A London-bound express train passed a red signal and ran into a Southend Victoria-London stopping service at "fairly low speed". The express train was subsequently found to have a fault with one of its brakes. A Ministry of Transport report on the incident stated that the express train's driver "cannot be excused entirely from responsibility" given his passing of the red signal.[3]


The typical off-peak service is of six trains per hour to London Liverpool Street, and six to Shenfield. The services are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. From 2018 new Crossrail trains will be extended through central London to London Heathrow Airport and Reading.


London Buses routes 86 and N86 serve the station.


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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Great Eastern Main Line
Shenfield Metro
  Future development  
Line 1
towards Shenfield