South Croydon railway station

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South Croydon National Rail
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South Croydon is located in Greater London
South Croydon
South Croydon
Location of South Croydon in Greater London
Location South Croydon
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Managed by Southern
Station code SCY
DfT category D
Number of platforms 5 (3 in use)
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 Increase 0.802 million[1]
2005–06 Decrease 0.772 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 1.114 million[1]
2007–08 Increase 1.196 million[1]
2008–09 Decrease 1.150 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 1.130 million[1]
2010–11 Decrease 1.128 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.223 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.223 million[1]
Key dates
1 September 1865 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°21′46″N 0°05′37″W / 51.3629°N 0.0937°W / 51.3629; -0.0937

South Croydon railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, in Travelcard Zone 5. It is on the Brighton Line at its junction with the Oxted Line. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southern.


Originally South Croydon was a terminus next to the through lines of the Brighton Line but without any platforms on them, the end of a 1 mile (1.6 km) extension of the local lines from New Croydon, opened by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway on 1 September 1865. The aim was to provide more space for reversing local trains than could be afforded at busy New Croydon. The rapid growth of the town in this area may also have been a factor.[2]

In 1894 the railway obtained authority to extend the local lines to Coulsdon, where they connected with the new Quarry line. The station was rebuilt as a through station with platform faces on all lines prior to the opening of the line in November 1899.[3]

In 1947 a train crash about 550 yards (500 m) south of the station killed 32 people, the worst accident in the history of the Southern Railway.

On 1 August 2011, a landslide caused by a burst water main occurred approximately 200 yards (180 m) north of the station, blocking the railway for 24 hours.[4][5]

Station platforms


South Croydon has five platforms connected by a narrow subway.

The tracks through platforms 1 and 2 are used by services that do not call, for example fast Southern services from London Victoria to Brighton, First Capital Connect services and Gatwick Express. Platform 3 is used by up trains to London Bridge and London Victoria. Platform 4 is used by both up and down trains. Platform 5 is used by down trains to Caterham and other destinations.

Ticket gates became operational in April 2009.


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

At peak times services operate to other destinations, including East Grinstead and Uckfield via Oxted.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
East Croydon   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Purley Oaks
Oxted Line
West London Route
  Purley Oaks or


London Buses route 64, 403, 412, 455, T33 and night route N64 serve the station.


  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. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. p. 242. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. 
  3. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. pp. 114–5. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1. 
  4. ^ "Gatwick Airport passengers hit by railway line flood". BBC News (London). 1 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gatwick Airport rail disruption continues after flooding". BBC News (London). 2 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 

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