Public transport in the London Borough of Havering

Public transport in the London Borough of Havering, in east London, England, is a mix of National Rail, London Underground, London Overground and Crossrail and London Buses services. Rail services are primarily radial to central London with bus services providing most of the orbital connections. The public transport authority is Transport for London and the local authority is Havering London Borough Council.


Stations: London Underground (red), National Rail (blue) and joint (green)

Several railway lines cross the borough running radial to central London. The Great Eastern Main Line has stations at Romford, Gidea Park and Harold Wood, with TfL Rail and Abellio Greater Anglia services originating at the central London terminal at Liverpool Street. The London, Tilbury and Southend Railway, with services operated by c2c, crosses the borough in two places with stations at Rainham and Upminster, and splits into a further branch east of Upminster. The central London terminal for c2c services is at Fenchurch Street. The Romford to Upminster Line operated by London Overground is entirely contained within the borough and has one intermediate station at Emerson Park. The District line of the London Underground has stations at Elm Park, Hornchurch, Upminster and Upminster Bridge. All stations in Havering are in London fare zone 6.

StationManagerCategoryFare zoneCoordinates
Elm ParkLondon Undergroundn/a651.5497°N 0.1977°E / 51.5497; 0.1977 (Elm Park)
Emerson ParkLondon OvergroundF651.5687°N 0.2204°E / 51.5687; 0.2204 (Emerson Park)
Gidea ParkTfL RailC651.5820°N 0.2063°E / 51.5820; 0.2063 (Gidea Park)
Harold WoodTfL RailC651.5928°N 0.2343°E / 51.5928; 0.2343 (Harold Wood)
HornchurchLondon Undergroundn/a651.5530°N 0.2188°E / 51.5530; 0.2188 (Hornchurch)
Rainhamc2cC651.5169°N 0.1905°E / 51.5169; 0.1905 (Rainham)
RomfordTfL RailC651.5749°N 0.1827°E / 51.5749; 0.1827 (Romford)
Upminsterc2cC651.5588°N 0.2509°E / 51.5588; 0.2509 (Upminster)
Upminster BridgeLondon Undergroundn/a651.5580°N 0.2341°E / 51.5580; 0.2341 (Upminster Bridge)

Bus routes

There are two main radial bus routes in the borough—the 5 and 86—which connect Romford with the hubs of Stratford and Canning Town bus stations in the west of Newham. Both have corresponding night bus routes (the N15 and the N86) which are extensions of these routes (to Paddington and to Harold Hill respectively). Direct bus services to central London only operate at night. A large number of routes are entirely contained within the borough, with the majority acting as feeder services to the hub at Romford,[1] although some routes serve smaller centres such as Hornchurch and Upminster. Route 66 provides a connection between Romford and stations on the Central line.

The neighbouring borough of Barking and Dagenham has high levels of connectivity with Havering, as does Redbridge. There are direct services to parts of Newham and Waltham Forest. There are no connecting services with the neighbouring borough of Bexley, as it is cut off by the Thames with no directly connecting bridges or tunnels. There are low frequency cross-boundary services with Brentwood, Epping Forest and Thurrock in Essex. Of these, the 370 and 372 both connect the borough with Lakeside Shopping Centre.


Havering is on the route of the London Outer Orbital Path, with sections 20 to 24 entirely or partly within the borough.[2]

Proposed developments

The south of the borough is within the London Riverside regeneration area, where demand for public transport is expected to rise. Havering London Borough Council supports the construction of a new station at Beam Reach, the extension of the East London Transit from Dagenham Dock to Rainham[3] and the proposed Docklands Light Railway extension to Dagenham Dock.[4] These aspirations are shared by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation who are the planning authority in the designated area of the borough.[5] Of these proposals only the extension of the DLR to Dagenham Dock forms part of the 2009 draft transport strategy of the Mayor of London.[6]

It is planned from 2018 new Crossrail trains will serve Romford, Gidea Park and Harold Wood, with new direct services to Heathrow and Reading.


  1. "Buses from Romford" (PDF). Transport for London. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  2. Walk London. "Walk Finder: Havering". Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  3. "Mayor of London blocks Havering's Casino bid". Havering London Borough Council. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  4. "Boris's blueprint gets a qualified 'yes'". Romford Recorder. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  5. "A Vision for Transport" (PDF). London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  6. Mayor of London. "Mayor's Transport Strategy: Public Draft" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
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