Forest Gate station's first incarnation opened in 1840, but didn't last long, closing just three years later. Locals weren't entirely pleased, and sustained pressure led to a reopening in 1846. The station has remained open ever since. Today it's a busy commuter station serving a residential district in the east London borough of Newham.
The first thing that strikes you about Forest Gate is the abundance of terrace houses and green spaces. It's a quaint and quiet suburb but there's also much to do within the area's streets. Throughout the 20th century The Upper Cut Club - where Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Pink Floyd once played - was the area's major draw, but today Forest Gate is a foodie haven, and a particular favourite with lovers of Indian food.
|Weekdays||06:10 - 19:40|
|Saturday||06:40 - 18:40|
|Sunday||08:10 - 15:40|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Travel card zone||Zone 3|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
Located by the ticket office
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
Please note that assistance is only available during the station staffed hours (see above), unless pre-booked.
|Customer Service notes|
0343 222 1234
|Customer help points||Available|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Unavailable|
|Step-free access||Part of station|
|Ramps for train access||Unavailable|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster
Forest Gate station's concourse is off Woodgrange Road, and has a couple of ticket machines, with a staffed ticket office through a set of doors to the right. The staircase directly ahead of the entrance leads down on to platform 2 (towards Shenfield), with another staircase to the left leading to platform 1 (towards London Liverpool Street). If you're coming by bike, there's a rack on platform 2.