Gidea Park railway station

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Gidea Park Crossrail National Rail
Gidea Park Railway Station.jpg
Gidea Park railway station in 2007
Gidea Park is located in Greater London
Gidea Park
Gidea Park
Location of Gidea Park in Greater London
Location Gidea Park
Local authority London Borough of Havering
Managed by TfL Rail
Station code GDP
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 2.587 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 2.401 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 2.467 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 2.524 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 2.587 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 2.811 million[1]
Key dates
1910 Opened as Squirrels Heath & Gidea Park
1913 Renamed Gidea Park & Squirrels Heath
? Renamed Gidea Park
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°34′55″N 0°12′23″E / 51.582°N 0.2063°E / 51.582; 0.2063

Gidea Park railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line, serving Gidea Park in the London Borough of Havering, east London. It is 13 miles 41 chains (21.7 km) down line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Romford and Harold Wood. Its three-letter station code is GDP and it is in Travelcard Zone 6.

The station is currently managed by TfL Rail. The vast majority of services call at Gidea Park as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service but some Abellio Greater Anglia services for Southend Victoria also call on Sundays. From 2019, Gidea Park will be fully served by Crossrail, linking it to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport.[2] TfL Rail, the precursor of Crossrail, took over the running of the Shenfield "metro" in May 2015.

History[edit]

The station was opened as Squirrels Heath & Gidea Park on 1 December 1910 by the Great Eastern Railway on the company's main line from London Liverpool Street. The name was switched to Gidea Park & Squirrels Heath in late 1913, but the "Squirrels Heath" suffix was dropped completely some time later.[3]

On the evening of 2 January 1947, an express Liverpool Street-Peterborough train overran a red signal in dense fog and collided with a Liverpool Street-Southend Victoria train as it started to depart from Gidea Park.[4] Seven people were killed in the crash and 45 were hospitalised.[5]

External video
Footage of the aftermath of the 1947 crash at Gidea Park British Pathé

Services[edit]

The following services typically call at Gidea Park during off-peak hours. Frequency is increased during peak times.[6] Additionally, there is one early-morning service each day between Colchester and London Liverpool Street operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.

Operator Route Rolling stock Frequency Notes
TfL Rail London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Maryland - Forest Gate - Manor Park - Ilford - Seven Kings - Goodmayes - Chadwell Heath - Romford - Gidea Park - Harold Wood - Brentwood - Shenfield Class 315 6x per hour 4x per hour on Sundays (2x of which start/terminate at Gidea Park)
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Romford - Gidea Park - Harold Wood - Brentwood - Shenfield - Billericay - Wickford - Rayleigh - Hockley - Rochford - Southend Airport - Southend Victoria Class 321 2x per hour Sundays only

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 294, 347, 496 and night route N86 serve the station.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Connection to Shenfield to Southend Line
(Sundays only)
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
TfL Rail
Shenfield Metro
towards Shenfield
  Future development  
Crossrail
Line 1
towards Shenfield