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South Croydon railway station

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South Croydon National Rail
South Croydon
South Croydon
Location of South Croydon in Greater London
LocationSouth Croydon
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codeSCY
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms5 (2 in use; 3 at peak times)
Fare zone5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 1.286 million[1]
2014–15Increase 1.294 million[1]
2015–16Decrease 1.252 million[1]
2016–17Decrease 1.132 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 1.108 million[1]
Key dates
1 September 1865Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°21′46.4″N 0°5′37.2″W / 51.362889°N 0.093667°W / 51.362889; -0.093667Coordinates: 51°21′46.4″N 0°5′37.2″W / 51.362889°N 0.093667°W / 51.362889; -0.093667
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South Croydon railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, in Travelcard Zone 5. It is on the Brighton Line at its junction with the Oxted Line, 11 miles 21 chains (18.1 km) measured from London Bridge.[2]

The station is operated by Southern, and the station is served by both Southern and Thameslink services.

History

Originally South Croydon was a terminus next to the through lines of the Brighton Line but without any platforms on them, the end of a 1 mile (1.6 km) extension of the local lines from New Croydon, opened by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway on 1 September 1865. The aim was to provide more space for reversing local trains than could be afforded at busy New Croydon. The rapid growth of the town in this area may also have been a factor.[3]

In 1894 the railway obtained authority to extend the local lines to Coulsdon, where they connected with the new Quarry line. The station was rebuilt as a through station with platform faces on all lines prior to the opening of the line in November 1899.[4]

In 1947 a train crash about 550 yards (500 m) south of the station killed 32 people, the worst accident in the history of the Southern Railway.

On 1 August 2011, a landslide caused by a burst water main occurred approximately 200 yards (180 m) north of the station, blocking the railway for 24 hours.[5][6]

Station platforms
Station platforms

Platforms

South Croydon has five platforms connected by a narrow subway.

The tracks through platforms 1 and 2 are used by services that do not call, for example fast Southern services from London Victoria to Brighton, Thameslink services and Gatwick Express. Platform 3 is used by up trains to London Bridge and London Victoria. Platform 4 is used by services that do not call, heading southbound, except some peak time services in both directions. Platform 5 is used by down trains to Caterham and other destinations.

Ticket gates became operational in April 2009.

Services

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:

At peak times services operate to other destinations, including East Grinstead, via Oxted, and Bedford.

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
East Croydon   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Purley Oaks

Connections

London Buses route 64, 403, 412, 433 and 455 serve the station.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 14C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  3. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. p. 242. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8.
  4. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. pp. 114–5. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1.
  5. ^ "Gatwick Airport passengers hit by railway line flood". BBC News. London. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Gatwick Airport rail disruption continues after flooding". BBC News. London. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
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