Seven Kings railway station
The station building in 2009, while under operation by National Express.
|Local authority||London Borough of Redbridge|
|Managed by||TfL Rail|
|Number of platforms||4|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 March 1899||Opened|
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Seven Kings railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line serving the district of Seven Kings in the London Borough of Redbridge, east London. It is 8 miles 46 chains (13.8 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Ilford and Goodmayes. Its three-letter station code is SVK and it is in Travelcard Zone 4.
The station was opened in 1899 by the Great Eastern Railway. It is currently managed by TfL Rail. Services call at Seven Kings as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service. 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.
Seven Kings station was opened on 1 March 1899. Before the London Underground's Central line was extended from Stratford via Gants Hill to Newbury Park in 1947, Seven Kings was one of two junctions for the Fairlop Loop to Woodford via Hainault. Seven Kings West Junction (used for freight, excursion and empty stock traffic) was closed in 1956, though the other connection, from Ilford, was severed as early as 1947 due to the expansion of the Ilford sheds, which are visible from the western end of Seven Kings' platforms. The carriage sheds comprise a large depot which includes two workshops.
Accidents and incidents
On 23 January 1963, eight people were injured in a rear-end collision between two trains just outside of Seven Kings station. A London-bound express train over-ran a red signal and ran into a Southend Victoria-London stopping service at "fairly low speed". The express train was subsequently found to have a fault with one of its brakes. A Ministry of Transport report on the incident stated that the express train's driver "cannot be excused entirely from responsibility" given his passing of the red signal.
The typical off-peak service is as follows:
|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|
During peak times service frequency is increased and calling patterns may be varied. In addition, there is one early morning service between Colchester and Liverpool Street operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.
In 2017 new Class 345 trains began entering service as Crossrail partially opened. There are no plans to extend the regularly-used platforms 3 and 4 from their current length of 187 metres (205 yd) to accommodate the new trains which will be over 200 metres (220 yd) long, so selective door opening will be utilised. New lifts, signage, help points, customer information screens and CCTV will be installed in preparation for the opening of Crossrail.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- TfL Rail Timetable[permanent dead link]
- Media related to Seven Kings railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Train times and station information for Seven Kings railway station from National Rail
- Excel file displaying National Rail station usage information for 2005/06
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
towards Liverpool Street