Forest Gate railway station

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Forest Gate National Rail
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Forest Gate is located in Greater London
Forest Gate
Forest Gate
Location of Forest Gate in Greater London
Location Forest Gate
Local authority London Borough of Newham
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Station code FOG
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4 (2 normally operational)
Fare zone 3
OSI Wanstead Park London Overground [1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 1.706 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 1.599 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 1.914 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 2.205 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 2.403 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 2.647 million[2]
Key dates
1840 Opened
1843 Closed
1846 Re-opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°32′58″N 0°01′27″E / 51.5494°N 0.0242°E / 51.5494; 0.0242

Forest Gate railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line serving the residential district of Forest Gate in the London Borough of Newham, east London. It is approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Maryland and Manor Park. Its three-letter station code is FOG and it is in Travelcard Zone 3.

The station was opened in 1840 by the Eastern Counties Railway. It is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia. Train services call at Forest Gate as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service. From 2018, the station will be fully served by Crossrail, linking Forest Gate to additional stations in central London as well as Reading and London Heathrow Airport.[3] Crossrail will initially take over the Shenfield "metro" from May 2015.


Forest Gate station first opened in 1840, a year after the line was built, but was closed in 1843, before re-opening on 31 May 1846 following pressure from local residents.

On 24 May 1953 three members of train crew were injured in a collision between a freight train and a passenger train that occurred between Forest Gate and Manor Park. A London-bound freight train was crossing over lines when an electric passenger service from Gidea Park ran a red signal and collided with the goods train at a speed of about 35 mph. A Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation report blamed the driver of the Gidea Park train for his failure to "pay attention to signals".[4]


The following services typically call at Forest Gate:

Operator Route Material Frequency Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Maryland - Forest Gate - Manor Park - Ilford - Seven Kings - Goodmayes - Chadwell Heath - Romford - Gidea Park - Harold Wood - Brentwood - Shenfield Class 315 6x per hour


London Buses routes 58, 308, and 330 serve the station.


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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Great Eastern Main Line
Shenfield Metro
Future development
Line 1
towards Shenfield