Forest Gate railway station
Forest Gate railway station in 2007
|Local authority||London Borough of Newham|
|Managed by||TfL Rail|
|Number of platforms||4|
|OSI||Wanstead Park |
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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 5 miles 21 chains (8.5 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 TfL Rail. Train services call at Forest Gate as part of the Shenfield-Liverpool Street stopping "metro" service. In December 2018 the TfL Rail service will be re-branded as the Elizabeth line as part of the Crossrail project. In May 2019 the Elizabeth line service will be extended beyond Liverpool Street to Paddington, with onward connections from there to Reading and Heathrow Airport.
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".
|Footage of the aftermath of the 1953 train crash near Forest Gate - British Pathé|
The typical Monday-Saturday off-peak service at Forest Gate is as follows:
|TfL Rail||London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Maryland - Forest Gate - Manor Park - Ilford - Seven Kings - Goodmayes - Chadwell Heath - Romford - Gidea Park - Harold Wood - Brentwood - Shenfield||Class 315, Class 345||6x per hour|
New Class 345 trains are being phased into service; these will be over 200 metres (220 yd) in length, necessitating the extension of Forest Gate's platforms, which are currently between 173 metres (189 yd) and 178 metres (195 yd) long.
Other enhancements will include three new lifts providing access to all platforms, improved lighting and signage, help points, and new ticket machines and gates within a refurbished ticket hall.
- "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Media related to Forest Gate railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Train times and station information for Forest Gate railway station from National Rail
- Excel file displaying National Rail station usage information for 2005/06
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
towards Liverpool Street