St Johns railway station

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Not to be confused with St. John's railway station on the Isle of Man.
St Johns
National Rail
St Johns station entrance.JPG
St Johns is located in Greater London
St Johns
St Johns
Location of St Johns in Greater London
Location St Johns
Local authority Lewisham
Managed by Southeastern
Station code SAJ
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 Increase 0.601 million[1]
2008–09 Decrease 0.585 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 0.584 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 0.661 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 0.696 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.714 million[1]
Key dates
1 June 1873 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°28′09″N 0°01′21″W / 51.4691°N 0.0225°W / 51.4691; -0.0225

St Johns railway station is in the London Borough of Lewisham, in south-east London.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 June 1873 by the South Eastern Railway.[2] In 1923 it was taken over by the Southern Railway.

The line was electrified in February 1926.

In 1948 the station passed to British Railways.

In the mid 1970s the station was re-modelled when the fast line island platform was closed and demolished. This provided space to build a flydown from the Lewisham-Nunhead line to the up fast line.

The booking office at street level was destroyed by fire in the late 1970s.

Accidents[edit]

Damaged brake van and rear carriage in sidings at St Johns after the accident in 1898.

On 21 March 1898, two trains collided in thick fog, killing three people, when a signaller allowed a train to enter the station while another train was at the platform.[3][4]

On 4 December 1957, two trains collided just south-east of the station on the main line bypassing Lewisham, bringing down the Lewisham-Nunhead railway bridge and killing 90 people. Further disaster was averted as a train about to cross the bridge was halted by its driver.

Layout[edit]

The station is reached by a footbridge from St Johns Vale - there is no direct road access. There is a single island platform with two platform faces, on the slow lines.

South of the station the Greenwich Park branch crossed over before closure in 1917, connected to Lewisham in 1929. The remains of the embankment can be seen on the eastern side of the line. There was a signal box at the south end of the station that closed and was demolished when the area was resignalled in the mid 1970s. The flydown was built at this time and commissioned on 3 April 1976.[5]

In the early 1990s the original bridge carrying St Johns Vale was replaced. This allowed the platforms to be extended towards New Cross to allow longer trains to call.

It was proposed to double the flydown line under the Thameslink Programme. Work started in 2012 with cranes and civil engineering plant on site on 8 April;[6] it was completed over Easter 2013.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
New Cross   Southeastern
London to Orpington,
Hayes Line and Dartford Loop Line
  Lewisham

References[edit]

  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. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 203. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ Board of Trade (8 April 1898). Report into the accident at St Johns station in 1898.
  4. ^ Pedantic of Purley (25 April 2013). Accidents and Islands: A History of St Johns Station – Part 1, London Reconnections
  5. ^ London's Local Railways A A JACKSON ISBN 1-85414-209-7
  6. ^ Modern Railways May 2012 Page 86

External links[edit]

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
Ladywell
Hayes Line
to Hayes via Catford Bridge
Hither Green
Hither Green TMD
Dartford Loop Line
to Dartford via Sidcup
Lee
South Eastern Main Line
to Kent non-stop via Orpington
South Eastern Main Line
to Orpington (stopping services)