Network Rail has begun improvement works for the Crossrail programme at Harold Wood station.

The improvements to the station include: 
A replacement footbridge over the tracks with new staircases to platform level.
Three new lifts to provide step-free access to every platform.
Platform extensions to ensure that the station can accommodate the new, 200 metre long Crossrail trains.

Click here to download images of the station improvements.

The work is expected to take around 18 months to complete. The timetable of works is included below.

  • February to winter 2015: Platform extensions and installation of new platform lighting
  • Spring 2015 to early 2016: Construction of new footbridge
  • Early 2016: Construction of temporary ticket office in station car park and demolition of old footbridge
  • Spring to summer 2016: Installation of new lifts 

Network Rail Harold Wood Station 1Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said:
“Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Harold Wood – new trains, quicker journeys and a more reliable service. Crossrail and Network Rail has worked hard with Havering Council to make sure that any disruption during the works is kept to an absolute minimum for passengers and residents.”Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Environment at Havering Council said:“We are really pleased that work is starting on the Crossrail project and have been working with Crossrail to make sure that the work causes minimum disruption. These works mark the first step to exciting improvements at Harold Wood station and the arrival of Crossrail in the borough.”

From 31 May 2015, when TfL takes over the Shenfield to Liverpool Street services, there will be staff at every station at all times that trains are running, better accessibility provision, full integration with TfL customer information channels and with TfL fares and ticketing.

TfL will also put in place a phased programme of deep cleaning and painting the stations and introducing help points, gate lines and better lighting and customer information. TfL will clean up the existing trains and refresh them inside and out within six months of taking over the services.

From 2017, a fleet of new, air-conditioned, 200 metre long trains will be introduced between Shenfield and Liverpool Street. The new trains will be able to carry up to 1,500 people and will be quicker, greener and more reliable than the trains they will replace.

From 2019, when the Crossrail route opens fully, residents will be able travel right through the centre of the capital without having to change onto the Underground at Stratford or Liverpool Street. At peak times, there will be 12 services an hour to London and 12 services towards Shenfield.