Railway station in Travelcard Zone 6 opened as Squirrels Heath & Gidea Park on 1 December 1910.
The station is currently managed by TfL Rail. The vast majority of services call at Gidea Park as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service, but some Abellio Greater Anglia services for Southend Victoria also call on Sundays. From 2019, Gidea Park will be fully served by Crossrail, linking it directly to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport. TfL Rail, the precursor of Crossrail, took over the running of the Shenfield "metro" in May 2015.