Eridge railway station
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Eridge railway station is on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line in southern England and serves a rural district around Eridge in East Sussex. It is 35 miles 53 chains (57.39 km) from London Bridge. The station is managed by Southern.
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
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|Key dates||Opened 3 August 1868|
|Pre-grouping||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|Post-grouping||Southern Railway |
Southern Region of British Railways
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Eridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Train services from the station are provided by Southern. 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.
Spa Valley Railway services operate between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West on selected days to connect to Oxted Line services.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Groombridge||Spa Valley Railway||Terminus|
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 1 mile (1.6 km) 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