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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.

Forest Gate Crossrail
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Forest Gate railway station in 2007
Forest Gate is located in Greater London
Forest Gate
Forest Gate
Location of Forest Gate in Greater London
LocationForest Gate
Local authorityLondon Borough of Newham
Managed byTfL Rail
Station codeFOG
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4
Fare zone3
OSIWanstead Park London Overground[2]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 2.647 million[3]
2014–15Increase 2.786 million[3]
2015–16Increase 3.847 million[3]
2016–17Decrease 3.207 million[3]
2017–18Decrease 2.835 million[3]
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WGS8451°32′58″N 0°01′27″E / 51.5494°N 0.0242°E / 51.5494; 0.0242Coordinates: 51°32′58″N 0°01′27″E / 51.5494°N 0.0242°E / 51.5494; 0.0242
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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.


View of the station platforms in 1991

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".[4]

External video
  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:

Operator Route Rolling stock Frequency
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

Future developmentEdit

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.


London Buses routes 58, 308, and 330 serve the station.


  1. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. May 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
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