Harold Wood is on the border of Greater London and Essex. A suburb with tremendous transport links, it has a junction on the M25 and a station that takes local commuters to London Liverpool Street in just under 40 minutes. Yet more connections have arrived since 2019 when a new Crossrail Station opened - the development coincided with 500 new homes on the site of the demolished Harold Wood Hospital. The station dates back to 1868. Originally, Harold Wood was a forested region beyond the boundary of London, but when rail arrived in the 19th century, local entrepreneurs spotted an opportunity, and set up the Harold Wood Estate Company to spearhead residential development. Today, Page's Wood is all that remains of the area's rural past. It's a short walk south of the station, and a perfect place for an afternoon walk. Besides the odd local shop, the area is mostly residential - the nearby towns of Havering-atte-Bower and Hornchurch have better retail offerings.
Harold Wood station's main entrance is found on Gubbins Lane, and leads into a large ticket hall with a three-window ticket counter on the left hand side. Beyond the ticket barriers a staircase leads down to platform 4, and a footbridge leads to platforms 1-3. There's also a side entrance from a car park adjacent to the station, and this leads directly on to platform 4. Most services use platforms 3 (towards London) and 4 (towards Shenfield).
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