Trains to Ilford

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Ilford is a large town in east London, situated approximately 9.1 miles (14.6 km) east of Charing Cross. It is bounded to the north by Gants Hill, Seven Kings to the east, Barking to the south and River Roding in the west.

In the mid-1600’s Ilford was characterised by a small rural settlement community that was favoured by its position on River Roding and its proximity to London to Colchester road. The establishment of the Great Eastern Railway in 1839 accelerated the growth of town with the establishment of new industries such as steam laundries and collar manufactures, until it became in 1965, part of the London Borough of Redbridge under the Greater London wing. Today the town is characterised by a noteworthy commercial and retail centre surrounded by an extensive residential development. The town’s proximity to the Stratford’s Olympic Park accelerated the incoming tourism rate in town due to the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

The town is served by Ilford station that is located on the Great Eastern Main Line, between Manor Park and Seven Kings. It is managed by the Elizabeth line. All trains calling at the station are the high-frequency operating between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield by Crossrail. In May 2019, the Elizabeth line service will be extended beyond London Liverpool Street to Paddington providing travellers with train connections to Reading and Heathrow Airport.

Ilford station offers travellers a manned ticket office opened seven days a week with the following opening times, from 6:10am until 8:00pm. The station main entrance can be accessed by travellers from Crambrook Road, approaching it they will find the station’s architecture to match the other surrounding contemporary building that characterise Ilford. A second entrance is available on York Road leading to the platform serving trains operating west bound towards London. The station is equipped with four platforms, two of which serve trains directed to London, and two heading to Shenfield. Platforms 3 and 4 operate regular stopping services running on the electric line between London and Shenfield, while platforms 1 and 2 are only used during engineering work or line disruptions. CCTV surveillance service, ATMs and Wi-Fi operate at this train station. Ilford train station is fully accessible by wheelchair users using lift and without the need to arrange for station staff support.

The town’s offers a wide range of tourist’s attractions to suit all the family members, however the key landmarks are The Kenneth More Theatre and Valentines Park, both a short walk from Ilford station. The town is characterised by The Vortex, Ilford’s most famous landmark, the 16-meter (52 feet) artwork created by the award-wining artist Wolfgang Buttress. It symbolises the modernity of the area. Heritage lovers should take the time to visit the 1140 Ilford Hill former shelter for the sick and enjoy a free tour of the Ilford Hospital Chapel to admire its well-preserved architecture and learn more about its eventful history. Nature lovers should head to the Green Flag Awarded Valentines Park in Cranbrook Road The 130-acre (52.6 hectare) is the perfect place to visit with the family as the park offers opportunities to go for a stroll through the gardens, take a boat trip on the lake to enjoy the lush scenery and tranquil atmosphere. The park is also an ideal to play sports on two on the basketball courts or on the football field. Family should purchase advance group train ticket to visit South Park and enjoy walks or bike rides around the 33-acre (13.35 hectare) park and admire the picturesque trees such as oak, lime, and horse chestnut. Its lake is a wildlife centre offering opportunities to see the swans, ducks, moorhens, and many other fascinating birds. The park also offers an outdoor gym. There are also well-maintained basketball courts, tennis courts, and a field for football or cricket. Kenneth More Theatre hosts a variety of shows, musicals, plays, concerts and dance numbers. Most of the events held here are suitable for all ages, so don’t hesitate to plan your journey, book train tickets to Ilford reserve tickets for one of Kenneth theatre shows.