Romford railway station

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Romford National Rail Crossrail London Overground
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Romford railway station in 2010
Romford is located in Greater London
Romford
Romford
Location of Romford in Greater London
Location Romford
Local authority London Borough of Havering
Managed by TfL Rail
Station code RMF
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 5
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 7.310 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 6.736 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 6.817 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 7.000 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 7.446 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 8.265 million[2]
— interchange 499,643[2]
Key dates
1839 ECR station opened
1893 LTSR Upminster platform opened
1934 Stations combined
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°34′30″N 0°10′58″E / 51.5749°N 0.1827°E / 51.5749; 0.1827
Platform 1 (for Upminster services) pictured in 1950

Romford railway station is an interchange station on the Great Eastern Main Line, serving the town of Romford in the London Borough of Havering, east London. It is 12 miles 30 chains (19.9 km) down line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Chadwell Heath and Gidea Park. Its three-letter station code is RMF and it is in Travelcard Zone 6.[3]

The station was opened in 1839 by the Eastern Counties Railway. It is currently managed by TfL Rail. The majority of services call at Romford as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street service operated by TfL Rail, but the station is also served by some Abellio Greater Anglia trains to and from Southend Victoria and Colchester Town. The Romford to Upminster Line on London Overground links Romford to Upminster. From 2019, Romford will be fully served by Crossrail, linking it to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport.[4] TfL Rail, the precursor of Crossrail, took over the running of the Shenfield "metro" on 31 May 2015.

History[edit]

Romford station opened on 20 June 1839 as the eastern terminus of the Eastern Counties Railway from Mile End. Both stations acted as temporary termini, with the line extending east to Brentwood and west to Bishopsgate (Low Level) in 1840. On 7 June 1893 the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway opened a second station in Romford, on a branch line to Upminster. The two stations were combined in 1934.

In May 2015 the Upminster branch Iine transferred from Abellio Greater Anglia to London Overground and the regular Shenfield "metro" service transferred to TfL Rail.[5][6]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 29 December 1944, one person was killed and three were injured when, in darkness and heavy fog, a Chelmsford-London service passed a red signal at Romford and ran into the rear of a stationary freight train. The passenger train's speed at the moment of impact was about 15 mph. One crew member on the goods train was killed instantly. The Chelmsford train driver was held responsible for the collision in a Ministry of War Transport report.[7]
  • On 4 February 2010, two people standing on the platforms at Romford were injured when a quantity of stone ballast was shed from a freight train passing through the station. Subsequent examination found that the train wagon's doors had not been properly closed when it departed from the goods yard at Acton, west London, bound for Ipswich.[8]

Services[edit]

Train services are currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia which operates long- and medium-distance services between Liverpool Street and the East of England, TfL Rail which runs the suburban "metro" route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and London Overground which operates the "push and pull" service between Romford and Upminster. New Crossrail trains will serve Romford from 2018, with the full Crossrail route opening in 2019.[9]

The typical off-peak service from the station is:[10]

  • 8 tph (trains per hour) to London Liverpool Street
    • 2 calling at Stratford only (Abellio Greater Anglia)
    • 6 calling at all intermediate stations (TfL Rail)
  • 6 tph to Shenfield calling at all intermediate stations (TfL Rail)
  • 2 tph to Upminster calling at Emerson Park only (London Overground)
  • 1 tph to Southend Victoria calling at Shenfield, then all intermediate stations (Abellio Greater Anglia)
  • 1 tph to Colchester Town calling at Shenfield, Chelmsford, Witham, then all intermediate stations (Abellio Greater Anglia)

Sunday services are:

  • 6tph to London Liverpool Street
    • 2 calling at all intermediate stations (TfL Rail)
    • 2 calling at all intermediate stations to Forest Gate, then Stratford (TfL Rail)
    • 2 calling at Stratford only (Abellio Greater Anglia)
  • 2tph calling at all intermediate stations to Shenfield (TfL Rail)
  • 2tph to Gidea Park only (TfL Rail)
  • 2tph to Southend Victoria, calling at all intermediate open stations (Abellio Greater Anglia)
Operator Route Rolling stock Frequency Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Romford - Shenfield - Chelmsford - Witham - Kelvedon - Marks Tey - Colchester - Colchester Town Class 321, Class 360 1x per hour Not Sundays
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Romford - Shenfield - Billericay - Wickford - Rayleigh - Hockley - Rochford - Southend Airport - Prittlewell - Southend Victoria Class 321 1x per hour Not Sundays
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 Sundays (2x of which start/terminate at Gidea Park)
London Overground Romford - Emerson Park - Upminster Class 317, Class 315 2x per hour Not 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

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 5; 66; 86; 103; 128; 165; 174; 175; 193; 247; 248; 252; 294; 347; 365; 370; 375; 496; 498; 499 and school routes 647; 648; 649; 650; 651; 674 and 686 and night routes N15 and N86 and LSP route 575 all serve the station.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
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
Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
Terminus Romford to Upminster Line
towards Upminster
  Future development  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Crossrail
Line 1
towards Shenfield
Historical railways
National Rail National Rail
Anglia Railways
  Abandoned works  
Great Eastern Railway