Romford to Upminster Line

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Romford-Upminster Line

Emerson Park

The Upminster Branch Line is a 3.4 mile (5.5 km) branch line between Romford and Upminster in the London Borough of Havering. It forms Network Rail route EA 1040.

Places served by the line are:

Originally built as part of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway and opened on 7 June 1893, the line now diverges from the Great Eastern Main Line at Romford. It is known colloquially as the Romford Push and Pull. The line is entirely within Travelcard Zone 6.

It is single-track throughout, and is electrified at 25 kV, 50 Hz a.c., Overhead Line. Electrification of the line saw an end to years of speculation about the future of the line. There is only one intermediate station, at Emerson Park. At Upminster there is no longer a connection to the LT&S line as the District Line tracks form a physical barrier.

Passenger services are currently operated by 'one', who replaced the previous operator, First Great Eastern, on 1 April 2004. Trains are normally formed by a Class 315 electric multiple unit (which are currently being refurbished with new interiors) or occasionally by a Class 321 electric multiple unit.

The current service pattern on the route (as of 2006) is one train every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays between approximately 6.00 and 20.00. There is a slightly increased service during peak hours where the line runs at full capacity. The journey time from one end of the line to the other is 8 minutes.

Railway lines in London:
North London:  Dudding Hill Line   Hertford Loop Line   Gospel Oak-Barking Line   North London Line   Northern City Line   Lea Valley Lines  
 St Albans Branch Line   Thameslink   Watford DC Line
East London:  Romford-Upminster Line
South London:  Bexleyheath Line   Bromley North Line   Catford Loop Line   Greenwich Line   Dartford Loop Line
 Hayes Line   Hounslow Loop Line   South London Lines   Tattenham Corner Line   Thameslink
West London:  West London Line
Proposed network: London Overground

Railway lines in the East of England:
Main lines: East Coast Main Line   Great Eastern Main Line
Cambridge-King's Lynn "Fen" Line   Cambridge-Norwich "Breckland" Line   Colchester-Clacton "Sunshine Coast" Line
Ely-Peterborough Line   Ipswich-Ely Line   London-Cambridge Line   London, Tilbury & Southend Line
Manningtree-Harwich "Mayflower" Line   Thameslink   West Anglia Main Line   
Commuter lines: Hertford Loop Line   Lea Valley Lines   Northern City Line   Romford-Upminster Line   
Shenfield-Southend Victoria Line   Witham-Braintree Line
Rural lines: Cambridge-Ipswich Line    Crouch Valley Line   East Suffolk Line   Grantham-Skegness Line
Ipswich-Felixstowe Line   Marks Tey-Sudbury "Gainsborough" Line   Norwich-Sheringham "Bittern" Line
Peterborough-Lincoln Line   Thorpe le Soken-Walton "Sunshine Coast" Line   Wherry Lines