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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. Just five miles and 13 minutes from London Liverpool Street, the station is in Travelcard Zone 3, and is set to get busier in 2019, when new Crossrail services arrive. 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 hidden 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.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 19:40
Saturday 06:40 - 18:40
Sunday 08:10 - 15:40
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpAvailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayAvailable
Oyster topupAvailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneZone 3
Left LuggageUnavailable
ShopsUnavailable
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
ATMUnavailable
ATM notes
Located by the ticket office
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
ToiletsUnavailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFiAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
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 pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Cycle storageUnavailable
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Step-free accessPart of station
Ramps for train accessUnavailable
WheelchairsUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
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.

Departures and arrivals from Forest Gate

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Forest Gate station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to ShenfieldTfL Rail07:41Scheduled
to London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail07:421Late
to London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail07:491On time
to ShenfieldTfL Rail07:512On time
to London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail07:581On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from ShenfieldTfL Rail07:411Late
from London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail07:41Scheduled
from ShenfieldTfL Rail07:491On time
from London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail07:512On time
from ShenfieldTfL Rail07:581On time

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