Eridge railway station

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Eridge National Rail
Eridge
Location
Place Eridge
Local authority Wealden
Grid reference TQ542345
Operations
Station code ERI
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   35,428
2005/06 Increase 60,839
2006/07 Increase 72,766
2007/08 Increase 94,877
2008/09 Increase 0.113 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.112 million
2010/11 Increase 0.122 million
2011/12 Increase 0.138 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.136 million
History
Key dates Opened 3 August 1868 (3 August 1868)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Eridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Eridge railway station serves a rural district around Eridge in East Sussex. Mainline train services from the station are provided by Southern, and the station is on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted Line. Also heritage services connecting to Groombridge, High Rocks and Tunbridge Wells West are run by the Spa Valley Railway. There are good opportunities for walks from the station into the High Weald. The station has a small car park and there is a pub next to the station called the Huntsman.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service is one train per hour to London Bridge via Oxted and one train per hour to Uckfield. Spa Valley Railway services operate between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West on selected days [1] to connect to Oxted Line services.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ashurst   Southern
Oxted Line
  Crowborough
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Groombridge   Spa Valley Railway   Terminus

History[edit]

At the time the station was opened, there was no village of Eridge, the station being named after nearby Eridge Park, seat of the Earls of Abergavenny.

The station used to be a junction for services running towards Tonbridge via Tunbridge Wells West (closed 1985), to Eastbourne (via Heathfield and Hailsham) Cuckoo Line closed 1965 and to East Grinstead (closed 1967).

When the Uckfield line was singled in January 1990 all trains used the former up line and only the former up island platform was used by British Rail. The former down island platform was then abandoned but was restored by the Spa Valley Railway, a preserved railway company, who reopened the railway between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West on 25 March 2011, with trains using the former down line for about one mile north to Birchden Junction where the parallel single lines diverge.

There is a campaign, by the Wealden Line to attempt to re-open the railway between Uckfield and Lewes as a part of the National Rail network.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Rotherfield & Mark Cross   British Rail
Southern Region

Cuckoo Line
  Groombridge
Crowborough   British Rail
Southern Region

Wealden Line
  Groombridge

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Coordinates: 51°05′20″N 0°12′04″E / 51.089°N 0.201°E / 51.089; 0.201