Kent House railway station

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Kent House National Rail
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Kent House railway station
Kent House is located in Greater London
Kent House
Kent House
Location of Kent House in Greater London
Location Beckenham
Local authority London Borough of Bromley
Managed by Southeastern
Station code KTH
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 4
OSI Clock House National Rail [1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 Increase 0.810 million[2]
2008–09 Decrease 0.781 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 0.761 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 0.783 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 0.800 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.835 million[2]
Key dates
1 July 1863 Line opens
1 October 1884[3] Station opens
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°24′44″N 0°02′43″W / 51.4123°N 0.0453°W / 51.4123; -0.0453

Kent House railway station serves an area between Beckenham and Penge in the London Borough of Bromley in Greater London: it takes its name from Kent House farm nearby, historically the first house in Kent after crossing the Surrey border. It is in Travelcard Zone 4, and the station and most trains serving it are operated by Southeastern, with other services operated by Thameslink. The station is on the line connecting Herne Hill and Beckenham Junction, opened by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) on 1 July 1863, but Kent House station was not opened until 1 October 1884 and was originally named "Kent House (Beckenham)". It lies above street level, where the booking office is situated; there is a subway and stairs to the platforms. There are Up and Down passenger loops here. The station is 12 km (7.7) miles from London Victoria.

In February 1993, an IRA bomb was detonated on a train from London Victoria to Ramsgate at this station. A warning had been given and everybody was safely evacuated before the explosion but the damage to the carriage was considerable.

Clock House station on the Hayes Line (formerly the Mid-Kent Line) is a short walk from this station, and has trains between London Charing Cross/Cannon Street and Hayes, which are also operated by Southeastern.


The typical off-peak service is four trains an hour northbound to London Victoria (via Herne Hill and Brixton) and four trains an hour southbound to Orpington (via Bromley South).

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Penge East   Southeastern
Victoria - Orpington
  Beckenham Junction


London Buses routes 194; 227; 358 and night route N3 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (MICROSOFT EXCEL). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "The Railways of Beckenham", Andrew Hajducki, 2011[page needed]

External links[edit]

A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the Brighton Main Line and Chatham Main Line in South London.