Harold Wood railway station

Harold Wood railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line in east London, serving the Harold Wood area of Romford 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.

Harold Wood
Harold Wood railway station in 1995
Harold Wood
Location of Harold Wood in Greater London
LocationHarold Wood
Local authorityLondon Borough of Havering
Managed byTfL Rail
Station codeHRO
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14 2.918 million[1]
2014–15 3.140 million[1]
2015–16 2.930 million[1]
2016–17 2.973 million[1]
2017–18 2.930 million[1]
Key dates
Other information
External links
WGS8451.5928°N 0.2343°E / 51.5928; 0.2343
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The station is currently managed by TfL Rail and is served by the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service. In the future TfL Rail 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 and onwards 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 four in each direction.

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,
Class 345
6x per hour 4x per hour on Sundays

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. "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
Preceding station   Crossrail   Following station
TfL Rail
Shenfield Metro
towards Shenfield
  Future development  
towards Paddington
Elizabeth line
towards Shenfield
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