It’s just over 4 years left until Crossrail takes over the 3 main stations in Havering (Harold Wood, Gidea Park and Romford). We contacted Crossrail and they were good enough to answer a few questions about their new service:
Will trains arriving at Romford, Gidea Park and Harold Wood stations be going further then Liverpool Street?
The exact timetable is still being worked through. However, on the current iteration, from 2019, at peak time there will be 12 trains an hour that will pass through these stations and will enter the tunnels beneath central London. There will be an additional four trains that will start at Gidea Park, and then stop at every station between Gidea Park and the existing station at Liverpool Street.
Are there plans for fast trains to stop at Romford station? Currently at peek times only metro services are regular
The fast services will continue to be operated by the franchised operator (currently Greater Anglia) so fall outside of Crossrail’s scope.
In the past the Shenfield to Liverpool Street route had become known for delays and not meeting the expectations of it’s passengers, what will you be doing to restore confidence in this route’s service?
There will be a brand new fleet of trains that will replace the existing rolling stock. In addition, hundreds of millions of pounds are being invested in the existing rail network between Stratford and Shenfield to improve capacity and reliability and to ensure that the railway is ready for the arrival of Crossrail.
How will the new crossrail service effect ticket prices?
The fares structure is a decision for TfL. However, they have said that it will operate within their zonal system.
Will you be implementing new trains, will these trains have air conditioning/heating?
Yes and yes. There is a phased opening for the Crossrail route and Havering will actually benefit from the new trains first. In 2017, the first new rolling stock will be introduced on the route between Shenfield in Essex and Liverpool Street and will run entirely on the existing track. From 2019, you will be able to catch the trains all the way through the new tunnels below central London. the trains are being constructed in Derby by Bombardier.
How will you be improving train capacity?
There will be an increase in capacity. At peak times, there will be 12 stopping trains an hour from Harold Wood and 16 serving Gidea Park and Romford. In addition, the 205m long Crossrail trains will be longer than the existing Greater Anglia rolling stock.
Are there any plans to improve the Havering stations on the crossrail route?
Yes – the Living in Havering publication from the council has detail on p9 at this link
Thank you to Crossrail for answering our questions. We look forward to the new service