Harold Wood railway station

Harold Wood Crossrail

Harold Wood railway station in 1995
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
2010–11 Decrease 2.553 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 2.580 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 2.858 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 2.918 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 3.140 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-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 but Abellio Greater Anglia services for Southend Victoria call on Sundays. From 2019, Harold Wood will be fully served by Crossrail, linking it directly to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport.[2][3] TfL Rail, the precursor of Crossrail, took over the running of the Shenfield "metro" in May 2015.


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


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

Future development

In 2017 new Class 345 trains will enter operation as the Crossrail service partially opens. The route will be extended through central London to Heathrow Airport and Reading in 2019. 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.

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. 1 2 3 4 5 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. "Capital's key services protected, says Johnson". The Press Association. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  3. "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.
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