Blackheath railway station

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This article is about the station in London, England. For the station in Blackheath, New South Wales, see Blackheath railway station, New South Wales.
Blackheath National Rail
Blackheath station building.JPG
Blackheath is located in Greater London
Blackheath
Blackheath
Location of Blackheath in Greater London
Location Blackheath
Local authority Lewisham
Managed by Southeastern
Station code BKH
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05  1.980 million[1]
2005–06 Increase 2.005 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 2.740 million[1]
2007–08 Increase 2.935 million[1]
2008–09 Decrease 2.779 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 2.740 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 2.864 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 2.878 million[1]
— interchange 14,705[1]
2012–13 Increase 2.929 million[1]
Key dates
30 July 1849 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°27′57″N 0°00′32″E / 51.4658°N 0.0089°E / 51.4658; 0.0089
View eastward, towards Dartford in 1962

Blackheath railway station is situated in the heart of Blackheath village in London at grid reference TQ39617600. The track passes through the village and is crossed by a road overbridge on which the station buildings stand.

Much of the original station, dating back at track level to 1849 and at ticket office level to 1879, remains. It was built using London Brick to a design by George Smith (who also built Greenwich station). At the "country" end of the platforms the lines separate to the North Kent and Bexleyheath Lines. The former passes through the mile-long (1.6 km) Blackheath Tunnel immediately after the junction; the latter through the shorter Kidbrooke Tunnel after a short cutting.

Blackheath's station has two platforms which are partially covered with a weather canopy. The downside platform has a disused platform face (bay platform) facing towards London, used in earlier days by commuter trains terminating here. Unusually, the track in the bay remains in situ, although it is now heavily overgrown and otherwise obstructed. The area to the north (now a car-park) was formerly an area of railway sidings, where commuter trains were stabled when not in use.

The bay platform used to come into its own when a circus was taking place on Blackheath. Many of the animals would arrive in train vans. The circus would then process through Blackheath Village on to the heath. There is a local legend that on one occasion an elephant took exception to a passing bus — and the bus lost!

The station cannot be relied upon as a way of reaching Blackheath during November's traditional free firework show, as it normally closes early on that day for safety reasons. Conversely, in April, on the Sunday of the London Marathon, it is crucial in enabling athletes and their supporters to reach the starting line, as on that day bus services across the heath are usually suspended as roads are closed.

Blackheath Halls, run by Trinity College of Music, are close to the station.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lewisham   Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Charlton
Southeastern
Bexleyheath Line
Kidbrooke

Facilities[edit]

There is a car park directly behind the station and the other is situated across the road. Managed by the local authority, it has 205 spaces. Charges apply Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.[2]

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 54; 89; 108; 202 and night route N89 serve the station.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Lewisham Council