Lewisham station

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Not to be confused with Lewisham railway station, Sydney.
Lewisham Docklands Light Railway National Rail
Lewisham DLR stn entrance.JPG
Entrance to DLR
Lewisham is located in Greater London
Location of Lewisham in Greater London
Location Lewisham
Local authority London Borough of Lewisham
Managed by Southeastern
Docklands Light Railway
Station code LEW
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 6
Accessible Yes (DLR and 4 NR platforms) [1][2]
Fare zone 2 and 3
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2007–08 9.024 million[3]
2008–09 Decrease 8.837 million[3]
2010–11 Decrease 8.745 million[4]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 Increase 4.071 million[5]
2005–06 Decrease 4.021 million[5]
2006–07 Increase 5.841 million[5]
2007–08 Increase 6.294 million[5]
2008–09 Decrease 6.261 million[5]
2009–10 Increase 6.370 million[5]
2010–11 Increase 7.019 million[5]
2011–12 Increase 7.387 million[5]
2012–13 Increase 8.192 million[5]
2013–14 Increase 8.670 million[5]
Key dates
30 July 1849 Opened
1 January 1857 Renamed (Lewisham Junction)
7 July 1929 Renamed (Lewisham)
1999 DLR extension
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°27′55″N 0°00′48″W / 51.4653°N 0.0133°W / 51.4653; -0.0133

Lewisham station is a National Rail and Docklands Light Railway station in Lewisham, south east London. It is on the south-east London commuter rail network operated by Southeastern.[6] The Docklands Light Railway station opened in 1999 on a southward extension from Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs. British Transport Police maintains a neighbourhood policing presence at Lewisham.[7]

Station layout[edit]

There are four platforms for main-line trains: 1 and 2 on the North Kent Line, and 3 and 4 on a loop off the South Eastern Main Line (which are also known as the mid-Kent route) . The former opened on 30 July 1849, the latter on 1 January 1857.

In 1929 large-scale remodelling of the junction was undertaken to enable cross-London freight traffic to be routed via Nunhead and Loughborough Junction. The new route utilised part of the former Greenwich Park branch and included a flyover. Some trains heading to/from London use the flyover and then descend via Tanners Hill Junction to rejoin the main line, using a reversible line which opened in 1976. This junction was further developed in 2012.

Kent trains from London, having passed through the station, curve round under the main line to Hither Green en route to Ladywell.

Platforms 5 and 6 are served by Docklands Light Railway trains to Bank and Stratford

From December 2009, Lewisham was fitted with electric ticket gates, in line with the Government's new strategy to give all Greater London National Rail stations Oyster card accessibility and closing access to those who attempt to travel without tickets.

Planned Jubilee line service[edit]

Lewisham tube station was planned to be built on the Jubilee line on the London Underground. Preliminary construction work was begun before the plan was delayed by lack of funds. Eventually the route was changed and the station cancelled.[8]


The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:

Lewisham is the southern terminus of the DLR, the previous station being Elverson Road. It is on the boundary of Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3 and is a major transport hub, with many buses passing through or terminating here.

There are a number of freight trains that are generally routed through platforms 3 and 4. In 2012 these include freightliner trains (Isle of Grain), gypsum (Hothfield), aggregates (Angerstein Wharf) and nuclear material (Dungeness).


Railways around Lewisham and Hither Green
South Eastern Main Line
to Charing Cross non-stop via London Bridge
South Eastern Main Line
to Cannon Street via New Cross London Overground
St Johns
Nunhead to Lewisham link
to London Victoria
Greenwich Park Branch Line
to Greenwich Park
Docklands Light Railway
to Bank–Monument or Stratford
Elverson Road
Lewisham Docklands Light Railway
North Kent & Bexleyheath Lines
to Dartford via Blackheath
Hayes Line
to Hayes via Catford Bridge
Hither Green
Hither Green TMD
Dartford Loop Line
to Dartford via Sidcup
South Eastern Main Line
to Kent non-stop via Orpington
South Eastern Main Line
to Orpington (stopping services)

Southeastern trains operate to:

  • St Johns, New Cross, London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street (some trains non-stop to London Bridge, with a limited number running non-stop to Waterloo East in the morning peak).
  • Nunhead, Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill and Victoria
  • Dartford via Woolwich Arsenal, Bexleyheath or Sidcup (some trains continue to Gillingham via Gravesend)
  • Hayes via Catford Bridge
  • Orpington via Grove Park (during the day, trains continue to Sevenoaks but generally do not call at Lewisham)

Docklands Light Railway trains operate to Canary Wharf, and continue onwards either to Bank or Stratford. At peak times or following service disruption, it is not unusual to see trains terminating at rather odd locations, such as All Saints or Gallions Reach.


In its draft Kent Route Utilisation Strategy,[9] Network Rail mentions the possibility of extending the Bakerloo line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, and then taking over the Hayes branch line.

Network Rail states that this would free up six paths per hour into central London and so increasing capacity on the Tonbridge main line, which would also relieve the junctions around Lewisham. This would not be undertaken until after 2015.

Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
Docklands Light Railway Terminus
National Rail National Rail
Nunhead   Southeastern
Nunhead to Lewisham link
London Bridge or New Cross   Southeastern
North Kent &
Bexleyheath lines
St Johns   Southeastern
Hayes Line
London Bridge or St Johns   Southeastern
Dartford Loop Line
  Hither Green
South Eastern Main Line


London Buses routes 21; 47; 75; 89, 108; 136; 178; 180; 181; 185; 199; 208; 225; 261; 273; 284; 321; 380; 436; 484; P4 and school route 621 and night routes N21; N47; N89 and N136 serve the station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tube Map
  2. ^ Southeastern: Lewisham
  3. ^ a b "Boarders and Alighters by station 2007 8 2008 9 (DLR)" (XLS). Docklands Light Railway annual passenger performance 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Transport for London. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "DLR Station Data for 1st April 2010 - 31st April 2011" (PDF). Docklands Light Railway annual passenger performance 2010-2011. Transport for London. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Southeastern -Station facilities: Lewisham
  7. ^ British Transport Police, London South Area
  8. ^ Horne 2000, p. 36.
  9. ^ [1], Network Rail - Kent Route Utilisation Strategy: Draft for Consultation (April 2009) at paragraph 10.8.2 p. 172

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