Eridge railway station

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Eridge National Rail
Eridge Railway Station 2.jpg
Location
PlaceEridge
Local authorityWealden
Grid referenceTQ542345
Operations
Station codeERI
Managed bySouthern
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Steady 0.136 million
2014/15Decrease 0.135 million
2015/16Decrease 0.125 million
2016/17Decrease 0.118 million
2017/18Increase 0.122 million
History
Key datesOpened 3 August 1868 (3 August 1868)
Pre-groupingLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Network SouthEast
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* 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.

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.

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.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service is one train per hour to London Bridge via Oxted and one train per hour to Uckfield. On Sundays the northbound service runs to Oxted only.

Spa Valley Railway services operate between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West on selected days to connect to Oxted Line services.[1]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ashurst   Southern
Oxted Line
  Crowborough
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Groombridge   Spa Valley Railway   Terminus

History[edit]

At the time the station was opened, the village of Eridge Green was owned by the nearby Eridge Park, seat of the Earls of Abergavenny.

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
Southern Region

Cuckoo Line
  Groombridge

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Coordinates: 51°05′20″N 0°12′04″E / 51.089°N 0.201°E / 51.089; 0.201