Forest Gate railway station
Forest Gate railway station in 2007
Location of Forest Gate in Greater London
|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. From 2019, 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. TfL Rail, the precursor of Crossrail, took over the running of the Shenfield "metro" in 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".
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||6x per hour|
During 2017 the new Crossrail route will partially open and take over from the current TfL Rail "metro" service. New Class 345 trains will be introduced; 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. The full Crossrail route through to Reading and Heathrow Airport will begin in 2019.
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|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
towards Liverpool Street