Penge West railway station

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Penge West London Overground National Rail
Penge West stn building 2010.JPG
Penge West is located in Greater London
Penge West
Penge West
Location of Penge West in Greater London
Location Penge
Local authority London Borough of Bromley
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code PNW
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes (Northbound only)
Fare zone 4
OSI Penge East [1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 0.245 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 0.226 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 0.361 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 0.462 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.506 million[2]
Key dates
1839 Station Opened
1841 Closed
1863 Re-opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
Portal icon London Transport portal
Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°25′03″N 0°03′53″W / 51.4174°N 0.0648°W / 51.4174; -0.0648

Penge West railway station is in the London Borough of Bromley in south London. The station is operated by London Overground, with London Overground and Southern trains serving the station. First Capital Connect and some Southern services pass through the station. It is located in Travelcard Zone 4.

Penge East station is a short walk away and has services to London Victoria. Crystal Palace station is also within walking distance and has more frequent trains to London Bridge.

Penge West forms part of the new southbound route of the London Overground East London Line that opened on 23 May 2010.

History[edit]

The original Penge station was opened by the London and Croydon Railway in 1839, probably more for logistical reasons than anything else: the railway crossed the nearby High Street by a level crossing, and the station would have provided a place for trains to wait while the crossing gates were opened for them. The population of Penge was only around 270 at this time, not enough to make the station commercially viable. It was closed in 1841, and the level crossing was converted to a bridge soon afterwards.[3] The entrance to the station was actually on Penge High Street, and not its current position. Evidence of the original entrances can still be seen in the brickwork on either side of the bridge as the track passes over the road.

By the early 1860s, Penge's population had risen to over 5,000 - more than eighteen times its level just twenty years earlier. There was also a demand for improved transport to the Crystal Palace nearby, so the station was reopened by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway on 1 July 1863.[4] This was the same day that the London Chatham and Dover Railway opened its own Penge Lane station on its line to London Victoria. The two stations were renamed Penge West, and Penge East by the Southern Railway on 9 July 1923.[5]

A large building on the down platform served as a ticket office and goods office and included the waiting room and Station Master's office. A wide road from the corner of Oakfield Road and Penge High Street provided access to these buildings and sidings which served a coal yard and timber yard on the site of the old brickfield.[6] The sidings were removed, the buildings demolished and the access road closed when the land was sold for the construction of a Homebase store. Since then access to the down platform has been via a footbridge from the up platform. Previously the only passenger access between the two platforms was via Penge High Street.

The 1863 station building remained in use until April 2005 when it was damaged in a fire set by arsonists.[7][8] After a period of limited station facilities, reconstruction work commenced in the Summer of 2006 and was completed in December 2006. The station ticket office is now open weekdays during the morning peak rush hour until 11am, along with the waiting room.

Services[edit]

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

London Overground[edit]

As of December 2012 the off peak frequency is:[9]

Southern[edit]

As of May 2010 the off peak frequency is:[10]

Note trains from London Bridge to Sutton have been withdrawn. Caterham trains now call here and Anerley.

The new timetable means that the number of trains serving this station has jumped from 2 per hour to 6, although only 2 of these go to London Bridge.

Transport links[edit]

London bus routes 176, 197, 227 and 354 all serve the station.

Gallery[edit]

Lines[edit]

Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
East London Line
towards West Croydon
National Rail National Rail
Sydenham   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Anerley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8.  p. 48.
  4. ^ Turner (1978) | p. 242.
  5. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 183. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  6. ^ Camberwell: Divisions of the New Borough (Map) Ordnance Survey, 1885
  7. ^ "Southern Railway: Penge West station information". 
  8. ^ "Bromley Borough Liberal Democrats: Penge West station". 
  9. ^ TfL: Overground timetables Accessed 9 December 2012
  10. ^ Southern: Timetables Go to tables 28 & 31 Accessed 23 April 2010

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