Sydenham (London) railway station

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Sydenham (London) London Overground National Rail
Sydenham station main building June 2010.JPG
Sydenham (London) is located in Greater London
Sydenham (London)
Sydenham (London)
Location of Sydenham (London) in Greater London
Location Sydenham
Local authority London Borough of Lewisham
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code SYD
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 2.222 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 2.162 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 2.582 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 2.993 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 3.191 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 3.296 million[2]
Key dates
5 June 1839 Opened by the London and Croydon Railway
1844 London platform re-sited
1852 Croydon platform moved
??? Station building moved
23 May 2010 East London Line started [3]
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°25′31″N 0°03′16″W / 51.4254°N 0.0544°W / 51.4254; -0.0544

Sydenham (London) railway station serves the suburb of Sydenham in the London Borough of Lewisham. It is slightly to the north of Sydenham junction, which is a junction between the main line from London Bridge to Brighton and the line to Crystal Palace.

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 3. The station is situated on Sydenham Road (A212)/Sydenham Station Approach. It has two platforms, with four tracks running through the station. The station layout is unusual in that the two platforms only partly face each other, and are partly staggered on either side of the footbridge.

Sydenham station has two entrances. The main entrance, the ticket office is located on platform 2. The second entrance, on platform 1 to Peak Hill Gardens was upgraded from a 'back gate' to a shelter with an information screen, a ticket machine, two help points, and ticket barriers in late 2009, thus giving step free access to both platforms.[4]


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the Brighton Main Line between South Croydon and Selhurst / Forest Hill, as well as surrounding lines

Sydenham station is on the site of the former Croydon Canal which was purchased and drained by the London and Croydon Railway and re-opened as a railway on 5 June 1839. Around 1844 the 'Up' (London bound) platform was re-sited during the installation of the Atmospheric railway equipment used by the railway.[5] The railway became a part of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway in July 1846 and the following year 'Atmospheric' working was abandoned.

The 'Down' (Croydon bound) platform had to be moved to the north of the road bridge in 1852 as a result of the construction of the branch line to Crystal Palace railway station.[6] The 'up'(London bound) platform had also to be moved north of the road bridge in the 1980s.

Before May 2010, Southern was the only TOC serving the station with 6 trains per hour during off peak periods. However, when the London Overground's East London Line opened this changed with Southern reducing its services into London Bridge to 4 trains per hour by withdrawing trains to Sutton, supplemented by an additional 8 trains operated by London Overground - giving a total of 12 trains per hour.

There are, or have been, four other stations in the Sydenham area:


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

Sydenham is served by 8 trains in each direction off peak, with additional Southern services at peak hours. Southern operates 4-8 car trains throughout the day, with 10 carriage trains at peak hours.

Off Peak frequencies are:

Platform Frequency
(per hour)
Destination Service Pattern Operator Line
1 4 Highbury & Islington All stations via
Shoreditch High Street[7]
London Overground Tube roundel East London
Dalston Junction London Overground Tube roundel East London
London Bridge All stations[8] Southern Metro
2 4 Crystal Palace Next station[7] London Overground Tube roundel East London
West Croydon All stations[7] London Overground Tube roundel East London
2 London Victoria
All stations via Clapham Junction[8] Southern Metro
Caterham (Mon-Sat) All stations via East Croydon[8] Southern Metro
West Croydon
(Peaks & Sun only)
Fast to Norwood Junction[8] Southern Metro
Tattenham Corner
(Sun only)
All stations via East Croydon[8] Southern Metro


London Buses routes 75; 122; 176; 194; 197; 202 and 450 serve the station.


In a rail meeting in Sydenham, Southern said First Capital Connect trains may stop here after the Thameslink Programme is completed in 2018.[3] However, Network Rail's draft timetable suggests no Thameslink trains will stop.[9] Currently Thameslink trains to Bedford and Brighton pass by this station without stopping.



Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
East London Line
towards West Croydon
National Rail National Rail
Forest Hill   Southern
Crystal Palace Line
  Crystal Palace
Brighton Main Line
Penge West


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  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. ^ a b Sydenham Town: Sydenham Services from 2010
  4. ^ National Rail: Sydenham Station map
  5. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 1 Origins and Formation. Batsford. p. 250. ISBN 0-7134-0275-X. 
  6. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. pp. 41–45. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. 
  7. ^ a b c "East & Inner South London Line timetable". Transport for London. 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Southern timetables". Southern. 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  9. ^ London and South East Route Utilisation Strategy page 72

External links[edit]

Further information about Sydenham station.