Seven Kings railway station
Location of Seven Kings in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Redbridge|
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||4|
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|1 March 1899||Opened|
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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. 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.
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.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Train times and station information for Seven Kings railway station from National Rail
- Excel file displaying National Rail station usage information for 2005/06
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