Forest Gate railway station in 2007
|Local authority||London Borough of Newham|
|Managed by||TfL Rail|
|Number of platforms||4|
|OSI||Wanstead Park |
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|31 May 1846||Re-opened|
|London transport portal|
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 the future the TfL Rail service will be re-branded as the Elizabeth line as part of the Crossrail project. Eventually, the Elizabeth line service will be extended beyond Liverpool Street to Paddington and onwards 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, at around 4 a.m., three members of train crew were injured in a collision between a freight train and a staff train that occurred east of Forest Gate station. A London-bound freight train that had started out at the Goodmayes goods yard was crossing from the electric line over to the main line when a staff train bound for the Gidea Park sidings passed a signal at danger 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 is six trains per hour in each direction between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, reduced on Sundays to four per hour in each direction:
|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.
- Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. February 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
- "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.
- Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation (1953). "Report on the Collision which occurred on 24th May 1953 between Forest Gate and Manor Park" (PDF). London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office – via Railways Archive.
- 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