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Eridge railway station

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Place  Eridge
Station code  ERI
DfT category  E
Local authority  Wealden
Grid reference  TQ542345
Managed by  Southern
2011/12  0.138 million
Number of platforms  3
Eridge railway station
Address  Rotherfield, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LE, United Kingdom
Similar  Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells West railway st, Uckfield railway station, Groombridge railway station, Ashurst (Kent) railway st

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Eridge railway station serves a rural district around Eridge in East Sussex. Mainline train services from the station are provided by Southern, and the station is on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted Line. 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.

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Services

The typical off-peak service is one train per hour to London Bridge via Oxted and one train per hour to Uckfield. Spa Valley Railway services operate between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West on selected days to connect to Oxted Line services.

History

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.

References

Eridge railway station Wikipedia


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