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Historically a small farming community sandwiched between the River Roding and the London to Colchester road, Ilford was a substantial coaching town well into the 19th century. The arrival of the railway in 1839 put the buffers on the horse and cart industry, but in its wake new industries bloomed, including steam laundries and collar making. By the start of the 20th century, Ilford was a fully-fledge suburb of London. As trains pull into the station, passengers will note a large British Telecom building with a rooftop logo - a hint of the modern building that awaits. The main entrance was heavily rebuilt in the 1980s and the architecture matched to nearby contemporary buildings, most notably the Central Library, which mirrors the station's high windows and slate-coloured roof. Ilford station is located in Travelcard Zone 4 and there are plans for Crossrail trains to call at the station from 2018. The Kenneth More Theatre and beautiful Valentines Park, both a short walk from the station, are key local landmarks.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 20:00
Saturday 06:10 - 20:00
Sunday 06:10 - 20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayAvailable
Oyster topupAvailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneZone 4
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Toilets notesLadies and Gents on platform 3, plus Gents on platform 4/5.
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes
0343 222 1234
Customer help pointsAvailable
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces140
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

On platform 4/5

Step-free accessPart of station
Ramps for train accessUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster

Ilford station is accessible on either side. The main entrance leads into the concourse, from which a corridor leads to all five platforms - step-free access is only possible with a wheelchair lift requiring staff assistance, so check staffing times before travelling. Platforms 1 and 2 are disused, except during engineering works or line disruptions. London-bound trains usually depart from platform 3. The rear entrance from York Road is open during peak hours only.

Departures and arrivals from Ilford

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Ilford station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail08:413On time
to ShenfieldTfL Rail08:414On time
to ShenfieldTfL Rail08:464On time
to London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail08:463On time
to London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail08:513On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Gidea ParkTfL Rail08:403On time
from London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail08:404On time
from London Liverpool StreetTfL Rail08:454On time
from ShenfieldTfL Rail08:453On time
from ShenfieldTfL Rail08:503On time
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