Forest Hill railway station

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Forest Hill London Overground National Rail
Forest Hill stn main building June 2010.JPG
Forest Hill is located in Greater London
Forest Hill
Forest Hill
Location of Forest Hill in Greater London
Location Forest Hill
Local authority London Borough of Lewisham
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code FOH
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 3.024 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 2.945 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 3.643 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 4.184 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 4.487 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 4.666 million[1]
Key dates
5 June 1839 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°26′20″N 0°03′11″W / 51.439°N 0.053°W / 51.439; -0.053

Forest Hill railway station is a London Overground station situated in Forest Hill, part of the London Borough of Lewisham. The station is located on the South Circular Road (A205).

The station is operated by London Overground, with London Overground and Southern trains serving the station. Thameslink and some Southern services pass through the station and is in Travelcard Zone 3.

There are four tracks through the station, although only the slow lines (the two outer tracks) have platforms. It lies on the Brighton Main Line and London Overground between Honor Oak Park and Sydenham stations.


The station was opened by the original London & Croydon Railway (L&CR) on 5 June 1839, as Dartmouth Arms (after the name of the local inn).

The line was also used by the London and Brighton Railway from 1841 and the South Eastern Railway (SER) from 1842. In 1844, the station was chosen by the L&CR as the northern terminus for Phase 1 of an experimental Atmospheric railway to West Croydon operated by the railway. A pumping station was also constructed at the station.[2] The L&CR and the L&BR merged to form the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) in July 1846, the following year 'Atmospheric' working was abandoned, and the station became Forest Hill for Lordship Lane.

The LB&SCR moved the 'Down' platform during the early 1850s when the line was quadrupled, and extended the island platform around 1864.[3]

The LB&SCR station buildings, were destroyed by bombing during World War II and have now been replaced by a more modern system-built structure. The short narrow island platform serving the fast lines was closed and demolished in the early 1960s.

The current whereabouts of the plaque commemorating the historic visit of Frank Bruno is not known. It was last seen before repainting in late 2005.[citation needed]


Forest Hill is served by 8 trains in each direction off peak, with additional Southern services at peak hours. Southern operates 4-8 car trains throughout the day, with 10 carriage trains at peak hours.

Off-peak frequencies are:

Platform Frequency
(per hour)
Destination Service Pattern Operator Line
1 4 Highbury & Islington All stations via
Shoreditch High Street[4]
London Overground Tube roundel East London
4 Dalston Junction London Overground Tube roundel East London
4 London Bridge All stations[5] Southern Metro
2 4 Crystal Palace All Stations[4] London Overground Tube roundel East London
4 West Croydon All stations[4] London Overground Tube roundel East London
2 London Victoria
All stations via Clapham Junction[5] Southern Metro
2 Caterham (Mon-Sat) All stations via East Croydon[5] Southern Metro
2 West Croydon
(Peaks & Sun only)
Sydenham then fast to Norwood Junction[5] Southern Metro
2 Tattenham Corner
(Sun only)
All stations via East Croydon[5] Southern Metro


London Overground East London Line
Highbury & Islington London Underground North London Line National Rail
Canonbury North London Line
Dalston Junction
Kingsland Viaduct
Kingsland Viaduct
Shoreditch High Street
Whitechapel London Underground
Shadwell Docklands Light Railway
Thames Tunnel
under River Thames
Canada Water London Underground
Surrey Quays
National Rail Queens Road Peckham
New Cross National Rail
National Rail Peckham Rye
New Cross Gate National Rail
National Rail Denmark Hill
Brockley National Rail
London Underground Clapham High Street
Honor Oak Park National Rail
Wandsworth Road
Forest Hill National Rail
National Rail West London Line Clapham Junction
Sydenham National Rail
National Rail Crystal Palace
Penge West National Rail
Anerley National Rail
Norwood Junction National Rail
West Croydon Tramlink National Rail

In a rail meeting in Sydenham, Southern said Thameslink trains may stop here[6] after the Thameslink Programme is completed in 2018.[7]


London Buses routes 122;[8] 176; 185; 197 and 356[9] serve the station.



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 1 Origins and Formation. Batsford. pp. 249–250. ISBN 0-7134-0275-X. 
  3. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. pp. 43, 245. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. 
  4. ^ a b c "East & Inner South London Line timetable" (PDF). Transport for London. 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Southern timetables". Southern. 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Forest Hill Society response to Combined Southern and Thameslink Franchise
  7. ^ Thameslink Programme
  8. ^ Forest Hill station/Dartmouth Road
  9. ^ Forest Hill Station/London Road - Bus

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Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
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Honor Oak Park   Southern
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