Gidea Park railway station
Gidea Park railway station in 2007
Location of Gidea Park in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Havering|
|Managed by||TfL Rail|
|Number of platforms||4|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1910||Opened as Squirrels Heath & Gidea Park|
|1913||Renamed Gidea Park & Squirrels Heath|
|?||Renamed Gidea Park|
|Lists of stations|
Gidea Park railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line, serving the neighbourhood of 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 limited Abellio Greater Anglia services for Southend Victoria also call on Sundays. From 2019, Gidea Park will be fully served by Crossrail, linking it directly to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport. TfL Rail, the precursor of Crossrail, took over the running of the Shenfield "metro" in May 2015.
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 some time later.
On the evening of 2 January 1947, an express Liverpool Street-Peterborough train over-ran a signal at 'danger' in dense fog and collided with a Liverpool Street-Southend Victoria train as it started to depart from Gidea Park. Seven people were killed in the crash and 45 were hospitalised.
|Footage of the aftermath of the 1947 crash at Gidea Park - British Pathé|
The following services typically call at Gidea Park during off-peak hours. Frequency is increased during peak times. Additionally, each day there is one early-morning and one late-night service from and to Colchester operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.
|Operator||Route||Rolling stock||Typical 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|
|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|
In 2017 new Class 345 trains will enter service as Crossrail partially opens. The route will be extended through central London to London Heathrow Airport and Reading in 2019. The platforms at Gidea Park will be extended from their current length of 184 metres (201 yd) to accommodate the new Crossrail trains which will be over 200 metres (220 yd) long. New lifts, signage, help points, customer information screens and CCTV will also be installed, and the footbridge and carriage sidings will be refurbished.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- "TfL Launches Competition to Find Operator to Run Crossrail Services". Transport for London. 12 March 2013. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
- Earnshaw, Alan (1991). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 7. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 30. ISBN 0-906899-50-8.
- https://tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/liverpool-street-romford-shenfield-v4.pdf TfL Rail Timetable
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