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Thornton Heath railway station

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Thornton Heath National Rail
Thornton Heath
Thornton Heath
Location of Thornton Heath in Greater London
LocationThornton Heath
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codeTTH
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4 (2 rarely used)
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 3.073 million[1]
2014–15Increase 3.267 million[1]
2015–16Increase 3.856 million[1]
2016–17Decrease 3.391 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 3.327 million[1]
Key dates
1 December 1862Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°23′55″N 0°06′01″W / 51.3985°N 0.1004°W / 51.3985; -0.1004Coordinates: 51°23′55″N 0°06′01″W / 51.3985°N 0.1004°W / 51.3985; -0.1004
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Thornton Heath is a railway station in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, 8 miles 64 chains (14.2 km) down the line from London Victoria.[2] It is on the Brighton main line between Norbury and Selhurst. The station is operated by Southern, who also provide the majority of services (the only exceptions being two early morning departures operated by Thameslink[3]). The station is in Travelcard Zone 4.


The typical off-peak train service per hour is:[4]

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Norbury   Southern
Brighton Main Line and West London Route
Norbury   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Line
Norbury   Southern
London Bridge to Caterham


The Balham Hill and East Croydon line was constructed by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) as a short-cut on the Brighton Main Line to London Victoria, avoiding Crystal Palace and Norwood Junction. It was opened on 1 December 1862.[5] Selhurst station was not however opened until 1 May 1865.[6] According to the Railway Gazette for 30 November 1962 the station was originally called Colliers Water Lane, but the standard history of the line was unable to verify the statement.[7]

The lines were quadrupled in 1903.[8] In 1925 the lines were electrified.[9]

Ticket Gates

Electronic ticket gates were installed at the station in summer 2009, as part of a project sponsored by the Department for Transport. Some minor refurbishment of the main ticket hall was also carried out.


London Buses routes 50, 198, 250 and 450 serve the station.


  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. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1989). PSL field guide to the railways of Southern Region. Wellingborough: Patrick stephens Ltd. p. 171. ISBN 1-85260-297-X.
  3. ^ FCC. "First Capital Connect Timetable - Table 3 - Sutton and Wimbledon to London" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ (Timetable Nos. 170, 173 and 176, May 2018)
  5. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. p. 126-8.
  6. ^ Turner, J.T. Howard (1978) p.250.
  7. ^ Turner, J.T. Howard (1978) p.133.
  8. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1. p. 144-8.
  9. ^ Southern Electric by G.T.Moody

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