Gidea Park railway station

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Gidea Park Crossrail
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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
2012–13 Increase 2.587 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 2.811 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 2.945 million[1]
2015–16 Decrease 2.861 million[1]
2016–17 Decrease 2.797 million[1]
– interchange   11,793[1]
Key dates
1910 Opened as Squirrels Heath & Gidea Park
1913 Renamed Gidea Park & Squirrels Heath
20 Feb. 1969[2] Renamed Gidea Park
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°34′55″N 0°12′23″E / 51.582°N 0.2063°E / 51.582; 0.2063Coordinates: 51°34′55″N 0°12′23″E / 51.582°N 0.2063°E / 51.582; 0.2063
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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 the 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 operated by TfL Rail, but some Abellio Greater Anglia services for Southend Victoria also call on Sundays. In autumn 2019 the TfL Rail service will be re-branded as the Elizabeth line as part of the Crossrail project. Eventually, the Elizabeth line service will be extended beyond Liverpool Street to Paddington, with onward connections from there to Reading and Heathrow Airport.

History[edit]

The station, constructed in a cutting, was opened as Squirrels Heath & Gidea Park on 1 December 1910 by the Great Eastern Railway on that company's main line out of 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.[3]

On 2 January 1947, in darkness and dense fog, an express train from London to Peterborough passed a signal at danger and collided with a stopping service bound for Southend Victoria as it started to depart from Gidea Park on the country-bound main line. The Peterborough train was travelling at an estimated 30 to 35 mph on impact, which destroyed the rear three coaches of the Southend train.[4] Seven people were killed in the crash and 45 were hospitalised. Two of the four lines through the station were reopened within two hours, and the other two followed the next day.[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 late-night service to Colchester operated by 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, Class 345 6x per hour
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 began entering service as Crossrail partially opened. 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 once extended to nine carriages. New lifts, signage, help points, customer information screens and CCTV will also be installed, and the footbridge and carriage-sidings will be refurbished.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 294, 496, 649, 650 and 674 serve the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  3. ^ http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/feature_havering_s_lifeline_rail_service_the_liverpool_street_to_shenfield_line_1_1807296
  4. ^ http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/MoT_Gidea1947.pdf
  5. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1991). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 7. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 30. ISBN 0-906899-50-8.
  6. ^ https://tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/liverpool-street-romford-shenfield-v4.pdf[permanent dead link] TfL Rail Timetable

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
TfL Rail
Shenfield Metro
towards Shenfield
  Future development  
towards Paddington
Crossrail
Elizabeth line
towards Shenfield