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Kenley railway station

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Kenley National Rail
Kenley Station main building on Kenley Lane
Location of Kenley in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codeKLY
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 0.521 million[2]
2014–15Increase 0.526 million[2]
2015–16Decrease 0.453 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 0.418 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 0.412 million[2]
Key dates
5 August 1856Opened as Coulsdon
November 1856Renamed Kenley
1899Branch was double-tracked
Other information
External links
WGS8451°19′29″N 0°06′03″W / 51.3246°N 0.1007°W / 51.3246; -0.1007Coordinates: 51°19′29″N 0°06′03″W / 51.3246°N 0.1007°W / 51.3246; -0.1007
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Kenley railway station serves Kenley in the London Borough of Croydon in south London. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southern, and it is in Travelcard Zone 6, on the Caterham Line 16 miles 29 chains (26.3 km) from London Charing Cross. The station is served by trains from Caterham to Purley, East Croydon, London Bridge and London Victoria.

On the London-bound platform (Platform 1) is a manned ticket office (staffed most of the day) and a self-service passenger-operated Ticket Machine. A second self-service Ticket Machine is available just outside the Caterham-bound platform (Platform 2) which is suitably located to purchase tickets for the car park which is also located on this side.

Station History

Kenley station, viewed from the road bridge on Hayes Lane
Kenley station, viewed from the road bridge on Hayes Lane

Kenley Station was originally opened to passengers along with the line on 5 August 1856 as Coulsdon Station by the Caterham Railway.[3]

Soon after in November 1856 the station was renamed as Kenley Station.

A 1905 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Kenley railway station
A 1905 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Kenley railway station

On Platform 2 stands a gabled Grade II listed building station house in the "Old English style of Domestic Architecture" (architect: Richard Whittall)[4] and is similar to the original building at Caterham. This was the original station building which housed a small waiting room for passengers and the original ticket office. In 1899 when the Caterham line was made double-track, a new brick Ticket Office was built on the opposite Platform at road level. The original station house was disused and boarded up for a long time, but protected by its listed status. The house was then sold to a private owner in 2007 after an impressive refurbishment of the interior.

The original SER timber-built waiting shelter on Platform 2 was demolished in more recent times due to disrepair and has been replaced with a small modern waiting shelter with lighting.

An accessible ramp was installed on the London bound platform (Platform 1) in 2006/7 providing step-free access to this platform.

In 2010 the station became staffed full-time under Southern's current franchise agreement. The station is currently staffed from the first train in the morning, to the last train in the evening.

In 2014, a new cycle rack was installed outside Platform 1. It contains security lighting and 8 bike parking spaces.


The typical off-peak train service per hour is:[5]

*tph = trains per hour

During the morning peak-time, London-bound services have shorter journey times with London Bridge services running fast from Norwood Junction to London Bridge, and Victoria services running fast from East Croydon to Clapham Junction. On weekday evenings, there is no direct service to Victoria after 20.00 (with trains operating every half-hour) whilst on Sundays, trains run every 30 minutes to/from Victoria.

Services are normally run using Class 455 EMUs and Class 377 Electrostars.

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Purley   Southern
Caterham Line


London Buses route 407 and 434 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Network Map". Southern. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Biddle, Gordon; Nock, O. S. (1983). The Railway Heritage of Britain. London: Michael Joseph. p. 200. ISBN 0-7181-2355-7.
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  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 181
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