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Location of South Croydon in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Croydon|
|Number of platforms||5 (2 in use; 3 at peak times)|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 September 1865||Opened|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
- 2 to London Bridge calling at East Croydon only
- 2 to London Bridge via East Croydon and Forest Hill
- 2 to Caterham/Tattenham Corner
- 2 to Coulsdon Town - 2 to Caterham/Tattenham Corner in peak
|Preceding station||Following station|
Brighton Main Line
London Buses route 64, 403, 412, 433 and 455 serve the station.
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