Coulsdon Town railway station

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Coulsdon Town National Rail
Coulsdon Town station building.jpg
The railway station in July 2011, after its reconstruction and renaming
Coulsdon Town is located in Greater London
Coulsdon Town
Coulsdon Town
Location of Coulsdon Town in Greater London
Location Coulsdon
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Managed by Southern
Station code CDN
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05  0.183 million[1]
2005–06 Decrease 0.178 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 0.285 million[1]
2007–08 Decrease 0.282 million[1]
2008–09 Increase 0.296 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 0.255 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 0.279 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 0.301 million[1]
2012–13 Decrease 0.287 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company South Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Key dates
1 January 1904 Opened as Smitham
1 January 1917 Temporarily closed
1 January 1919 Reopened
22 May 2011 Renamed Coulsdon Town[2]
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°19′19″N 0°08′02″W / 51.3219°N 0.134°W / 51.3219; -0.134

Coulsdon Town railway station serves the northern part of Coulsdon, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is on the Tattenham Corner Line and opened on 1 January 1904. Until 22 May 2011 it was called Smitham.[3]

History[edit]

The station building in 2008, before reconstruction and renaming.
Current station signage showing new and former names.

The station was opened on 1 January 1904, and was briefly closed during the First World War. It lies on a sharp curve, where the line swings away westwards from the Brighton Main Line. It is immediately adjacent to the closed Coulsdon North station on the main line, whose passenger traffic was diverted here when the latter closed on 3 October 1983. Some Tattenham Corner Line trains terminated at Smitham before returning to London, but nowadays the usual off-peak service is two trains per hour in each direction between London Bridge and Tattenham Corner, and one train per hour in each direction shuttling between Purley and Tattenham Corner.

The Coulsdon relief road, was opened 18 December 2006 as part of the A23, passes underneath the station and meant that some rearrangement and refurbishment of the platform access routes was required. No direct access to the London-bound platform now exists; access is via the down platform and a new footbridge or a lift.

A new modular station building on the down side of the line and a standard-pattern accessible footbridge were constructed by Network Rail and opened in 2010. There is no PERTIS self-service 'Permit to Travel' ticket machine.

As part of the retender of Southern's franchise in 2009, the Department for Transport requested that in response to lobbying by Croydon Council the new company look into a better name for the station, as "Smitham" is no longer used as the name of the local area.[4] Coulsdon Town was chosen after a public vote.[5] The change took place on Sunday 22 May 2011.[2][6] Evening services to the station were improved in December 2010.[7] Iickets issued from Coulsdon Town are still displaying "SMITHAM".[citation needed]

Services[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Reedham   Southern
Tattenham Corner Line
  Woodmansterne
Reedham   Southern
West London Line
  Terminus

From 2018 as part of the Thameslink Programme it is proposed that services are extended beyond London Bridge through central London (calling at London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and London St Pancras) to Cambridge. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ a b "Station renamed after community campaign". Croydon Guardian. 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Smitham station becomes Coulsdon Town station". Southern website. Govia. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "End of the line for 'Smitham' station?". Croydon Council. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Refurbished Smitham Station to be renamed Coulsdon Town". Croydon Guardian. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  6. ^ "So-long Smitham!". Southern Electric Group. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Extensions to rail services from Smitham station announced". Croydon Advertiser. 5 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Proposed Thameslink service pattern
  • Mitchell, Victor E.; Smith, Keith (January 1994). Caterham and Tattenham Corner. London Suburban Railways. Midhurst: Middleton Press. figures 60–65. ISBN 1-873793-25-1. 

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