Emerson Park railway station

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Emerson Park London Overground
Emerson Park station from road bridge 2021.jpg
Emerson Park railway station in 2021
Emerson Park is located in Greater London
Emerson Park
Emerson Park
Location of Emerson Park in Greater London
LocationEmerson Park
Local authorityLondon Borough of Havering
Managed byLondon Overground
Station codeEMP
DfT categoryF2
Number of platforms1
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Increase 0.278 million[3]
2017–18Increase 0.308 million[3]
2018–19Increase 0.350 million[3]
2019–20Decrease 0.322 million[3]
2020–21Decrease 93,550[3]
Key dates
1 October 1909Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°34′07″N 0°13′13″E / 51.5687°N 0.2204°E / 51.5687; 0.2204Coordinates: 51°34′07″N 0°13′13″E / 51.5687°N 0.2204°E / 51.5687; 0.2204
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Emerson Park is a London Overground station serving the Emerson Park neighbourhood in Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering, east London. The station is on the Romford to Upminster Line and is the only intermediate station on that single-track line, 1 mile 64 chains (2.9 km) from Romford.[note 1] The station was opened as Emerson Park Halt 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 has been managed by London Overground since 2015, which also operates the train services. Emerson Park has no station buildings other than a canopy over the single platform. It has relatively low but fast-growing patronage for a suburban railway station, with approximately 350,000 passenger entries/exits in 2018/19, compared to 127,000 five years prior and just 59,000 ten years prior: a 600% increase over ten years.


The Romford to Upminster Line was constructed in 1893 as a branch of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway (LTSR). Property development in the immediate area and in 1908 the proposed new railway station in nearby Gidea Park, which opened in 1910 on the Great Eastern Railway (GER), prompted the LTSR to construct a station on their branch. The station was opened on 1 October 1909 as Emerson Park Halt[4] on the branch line from Romford to Grays via Upminster, where it connected with the main line from London Fenchurch Street. 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 no longer needed and taken out in c. 1936.[5] Originally named Emerson Park Halt, and shown in some timetables and on some signage throughout its history as Emerson Park & Great Nelmes, the station name was later simplified to Emerson Park, but the date of this change is not recorded.[4] Even though the station has long been called Emerson Park, one platform sign installed by National Express East Anglia in the late 2000s still reads: "Welcome to Emerson Park Halt".


Emerson Park railway station in 1991 with a Network SouthEast service to Upminster

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 buildings other than a canopy covering part of the platform. There are Oyster card validators and a ticket vending machine. Digital display boards and voice announcements provide departure information.


Former "Halt" signage in 2014, under Greater Anglia management
The platform in 2018 with London Overground signage

The station is in London fare zone 6. Service from the station is two trains per hour to Upminster and two per hour to Romford. The timetabled journey time to Upminster is five minutes and to Romford is four minutes.

In 2015 the station transferred from Abellio Greater Anglia operation to London Overground.[6][7] Since then, services run Monday to Saturday between approximately 6:15 am and 10 pm, and on Sundays from approximately 8:45 am to 8 pm.[8] Oyster pay as you go has been available at the station since 2010. The numbers of passenger entries and exits at the station have been recorded as follows:

Year Entries and exits (% change from prior year)

Note: due to a change in methodology of counting entries/exits, the change from 2014/15 to 2015/16 may be overstated.


London Buses routes 165, 256 and 370 serve the station.[9]

It is one of three stations in the Hornchurch area, all some distance from the town centre; the others are Hornchurch and Upminster Bridge, both on the London Underground's District line.


  1. ^ Railways in the United Kingdom historically are measured in miles and chains. There are 80 chains to one mile.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. April 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 May 2021.
  2. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  4. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 91. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  5. ^ Kay, Peter (1996). The London Tilbury and Southend Railway Vol 2. p. 83. ISBN 1-899890-19-X.
  6. ^ Transport for London (28 May 2014). "TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services" (Press release).
  7. ^ "TfL count on LOROL for support". Rail Professional. 28 May 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Romford to Upminster (timetable)" (PDF). Transport for London. 31 May 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Buses from Emerson Park" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012.

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