Harold Wood railway station

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Harold Wood railway station in 1995
Harold Wood is located in Greater London
Harold Wood
Harold Wood
Location of Harold Wood in Greater London
Location Harold Wood
Local authority London Borough of Havering
Managed by TfL Rail
Station code HRO
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 2.858 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 2.918 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 3.140 million[1]
2015–16 Decrease 2.930 million[1]
2016–17 Increase 2.973 million[1]
Key dates
1868 Opened
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WGS84 51°35′34″N 0°14′03″E / 51.5928°N 0.2343°E / 51.5928; 0.2343Coordinates: 51°35′34″N 0°14′03″E / 51.5928°N 0.2343°E / 51.5928; 0.2343
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Harold Wood railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line in east London, serving the town of Harold Wood in the London Borough of Havering. It is 14 miles 76 chains (24.1 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Gidea Park and Brentwood. Its three-letter station code is HRO and it is in Travelcard zone 6.

The station is currently managed by TfL Rail. The vast majority of services call at Harold Wood 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 December 2018 the TfL Rail service will be re-branded as the Elizabeth line as part of the Crossrail project. In May 2019 the Elizabeth line service will be extended beyond Liverpool Street to Paddington, with onward connections from there to Reading and Heathrow Airport.


Harold Wood station was opened on 1 December 1868 by the Great Eastern Railway on its main line from Bishopsgate in London to the east of England. Two additional tracks were built in 1934 under London and North Eastern Railway ownership (the original tracks are normally used today by express services which do not call at Harold Wood).


The typical Monday-Saturday off-peak service from the station is six trains per hour to Shenfield and six to London Liverpool Street. On Sundays this reduces to two in each direction, while two Southend Victoria services additionally call.

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 2x per hour on Sundays
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 began entering operation as the Crossrail service partially opened. The platforms at Harold Wood will be extended from their current length of 169 metres (185 yd) to accommodate the Crossrail trains, which will be over 200 metres (220 yd) long once extended to nine carriages.

Three new lifts providing access to all platforms, improved lighting and signage, help points, new ticket machines and gates will also be installed, and the footbridge and stairwells will be refurbished.


London Buses routes 256, 294, 347 and 496 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.

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