Chafford Hundred Lakeside National Rail
Chafford Hundred stn main entrance.JPG
Chafford Hundred Lakeside railway station in 2010
Chafford Hundred Lakeside is located in Essex
Chafford Hundred Lakeside
Chafford Hundred Lakeside
Location of Chafford Hundred Lakeside in Essex
LocationChafford Hundred
Local authorityBorough of Thurrock
Grid referenceTQ589787
Managed byc2c
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeCFH
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms1
Fare zoneA
National Rail annual entry and exit
2017–18Increase 2.818 million[2]
2018–19Increase 2.912 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 2.816 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 0.882 million[2]
2021–22Increase 1.916 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyBritish Rail
Key dates
26 May 1995[3]Opened as Chafford Hundred
January 2013Renamed Chafford Hundred Lakeside
Other information
External links
WGS8451°29′09″N 0°17′15″E / 51.4859°N 0.2876°E / 51.4859; 0.2876
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Chafford Hundred Lakeside railway station, also known simply as Chafford Hundred station,[4][5] is located on a single-track branch line of the London, Tilbury and Southend line, serving the area of Chafford Hundred as well as Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex. It is 20 miles 77 chains (33.7 km) down the line from London Fenchurch Street via Upminster; it is situated between Ockendon and Grays. Its three-letter station code is CFH.

The station has a single platform and was opened on 26 May 1995 by Railtrack.[3] Today, all passenger train services are operated by c2c, which also manages the station. Although outside the London fare zones 1 to 6, the station became part of the Oyster card pay-as-you-go network in 2010.[6] According to the ORR, the station is the busiest single-platform station in the UK, beating the next busiest (Windsor and Eton Central) by some 900,000 passengers per year.[7]


A footbridge links the station to the shopping centre
A footbridge links the station to the shopping centre

The single-track line through the area was opened in 1893 by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway (LTSR) as part of a branch from Romford to Grays via Upminster. By the late 20th century service on the line had been reduced to a relatively infrequent shuttle between Upminster and Grays, calling at the only intermediate station at Ockendon.

Following the opening of Lakeside Shopping Centre in 1990 a new single-platform station was opened on 26 May 1995 by Railtrack.[3] The £1 million station was funded by the Chafford Hundred development consortium.[8] Initially a free shuttle bus connected the station to the shopping centre, with a direct pedestrian bridge link replacing the bus in 2000. The shuttle train service was eventually extended beyond Upminster to Fenchurch Street in London and beyond Grays to Southend Central in Southend-on-Sea, with service frequency increased to two trains an hour in each direction.

Usage is moderate for a suburban station and increasing; to expand capacity the buildings were rebuilt in 2006. The "Lakeside" suffix has occasionally been added to the name to not only reflect its location in the town of Chafford Hundred but also its proximity to the shopping centre.[citation needed] However, many continue to simply call the station Chafford Hundred for sake of brevity.[4][5]


The typical off-peak service frequency is:


Local buses 33 and X80 serve the station.



  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ a b c Cox, William (2008). "Railway Stations". Basildon History. Basildon: Basildon History Online Website. Archived from the original on 9 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Chafford Hundred attack: Noxious liquid thrown at men". London: BBC News. 26 February 2019. Archived from the original on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019. It happened on a footbridge linking Chafford Hundred station…
  5. ^ a b Transport for London; Rail Delivery Group (August 2019). "London's Rail and Tube services" (PDF). London: Transport for London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Request for Mayoral Decision – MD457. Title: January 2010 Fare Changes" (PDF). Greater London Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 January 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Station Usage 15-16 | Office of Rail and Road".
  8. ^ Abbott, James, ed. (July 1995). "Three new stations in summer timetable". Modern Railways. 52 (562): 388.
Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Ockendon   c2c
London, Tilbury and Southend line
via Ockendon