Trains to East Grinstead

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East Grinstead is a town in the north-eastern corner of Mid Sussex district of West Sussex. It borders with East Sussex, Surrey and Kent. It distances 27 miles (43 km) south of London, 21 miles (34 km) north northeast of Brighton, and 38 miles (61 km) east northeast of Chichester. Nearby towns include Crawley, Horley, Tunbridge Wells, Redhill and Reigate. The town is served by the homonymous station, that is one of the two southern termini of the Oxted Line. The station 30 miles (48.36 km) from London Bridge, with Southern trains connecting East Grinstead to London Victoria. Since 2013 the station operates Bluebell trains running south to Sheffield Park. As part of the National Station Improvement Programme East Grinstead station today offers travellers new platform waiting shelters, bicycle facilities, a new transport interchange on the former station buildings site. Platforms have been lengthened to accommodate 12-car trains and a pre-fabricated single deck has been installed in the car park to increase capacity from 236 to 336 parking spaces. Since only six trains per days run along Platform 1 the installation of lifts for disabled access was refused by the Department for Transport. The facilities offered by East Grinstead station include a ticket office and ticket machine to purchase train tickets outside ticket office opening hours and to collect pre-booked tickets, a kiosk, and taxi rank located outside the train station. CCTV, ATMs and Wi-Fi are available to travellers at this station.

East Grinstead operates off-peak train services that run with half-hourly frequency to London Victoria, including on Sundays. The train journey is approximately one hour, trains stop at all stations, Sanderstead, East Croydon and Clapham Junction. Additional train services operate during peak hours, including services to London Bridge via South Croydon, East Croydon, Norwood Junction and terminate at London Bridge. During peak hours several direct services operated by Thameslink directed to Bedford depart from East Grinstead.

Visitors travelling to East Grinstead should book online train tickets to benefit from discounted train fares. Once arrived at the railway station, visitors can take a short five-minute walk to East Grinstead’s high street, characterised by 14th century notable timber-framed buildings such as Sackville College offering visitors sweeping views of Ashdown Forest. The Town Council grounds set in historic 1769 East Court mansion with a stunning parkland setting, is metaphorically divided by the Greenwich meridian giving the visitor an opportunity to stand with a foot in both the east and west. The Town Museum in the new custom-built premises now located in the historic centre. Nearby they will find Chequer Mead Theatre where they can enjoy plays, musicals and listen to live music concerts, talks and even watch movies. The venue offers guests a spacious cafe with outdoor seating. Nature lovers should visit the nearby Ashdown Forest and cycle or walk along the disused railway line from Three Bridges along the Forest and Worth Way all the way through Groombridge, this path is part of the Sustrans national cycle network. Book train tickets to East Grinstead and discover Weir Wood Reservoir where visitors can sail and watch a vast assortment of birds. Book group train tickets to East Grinstead and take your children to visit Ashdown Forest where Winniethe-Pooh book was inspired. Families can hop on the Bluebell heritage steam locomotives.