Banstead railway station
Location of Banstead in Surrey
|Local authority||Borough of Reigate and Banstead|
|Number of platforms||1|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|22 May 1865||Opened as Banstead|
|1 June 1898||Renamed Banstead and Burgh Heath|
|August 1928||Renamed Banstead|
|Lists of stations|
Banstead railway station serves the London suburb of Banstead in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead in Surrey. Its wider definition of Banstead Village and Nork wards is relevant here as both are equally well served by it, as it lies narrowly in the latter. The station and all trains are operated by Southern, and is on the Epsom Downs line, part of the Sutton & Mole Valley Line services.
Housing and gardens in Banstead in this area border Greater London 500m away to the north, accordingly since January 2006 the station has been included in Travelcard Zone 6. The station lies some distance to the north-west of the High Street, on the edge of Banstead Downs.
The station was opened by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, as part of the Epsom Downs branch line, on 22 May 1865. The branch was originally laid as double track because of the race traffic, and was electrified on 17 June 1928. In the 1940s the station's name was painted in large letters on the roof, in order to help as a navigation tool for pilots coming into Croydon Airport. Due to the destruction by fire of the Epsom Downs signal box in November 1981, the branch was singled for most of its length in October 1982, and trains stopping at Banstead now use only the Down platform, where there is a shelter, although the Up platform still exists.
The typical off-peak service from the station is one train an hour, to London Victoria, and back again, via Sutton, West Croydon and Norbury. After 7pm these services run via Crystal Palace rather than Norbury. There is no service on Sundays.
There is an electronic display showing arrivals and departures. A ticket machine was installed in October 2011 replacing a Permit to Travel machine and there are also 2 Oystercard readers.
- Train times and station information for Banstead railway station from National Rail
- Map includes Epsom Down Line
- The Epsom Downs branch website
- Station name on the roof
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines