Bexley railway station
Location of Bexley in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Bexley|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 September 1866||Opened|
|Lists of stations|
Bexley was the scene of the Bexley derailment in 1997 when a freight train derailed very near the station.
Bexley station was opened in September 1866. It had five sidings on the down side, to the west of the station building with a row of coal stacks. Farm produce formed much of the goods traffic in the station's early years, much of it grown in local fields. The station had an SER-designed two-storey timber signal box which came into use about twenty years after the station opened. In 1955 the platforms were extended to accommodate ten carriage trains. The goods sidings closed in 1963 and the signal box closed in 1970. The clapboard buildings of the original station are well preserved.
The Bexley derailment was an accident which occurred on 4 February 1997 when an eastbound EWS freight train derailed near to Bexley station on the Dartford Loop Line. Railtrack plc, SEIMCL and STRCL were each convicted of various offences under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 resulting in fines totalling £150,000 and £41,768. In his sentencing remarks, the judge said that it "was merciful that nobody was killed although four people were injured". The Inspectorate report describes it as "fortunate" that nobody was killed. The primary cause of the accident was found to be very poor track maintenance, contributed to by an overloaded wagon.
Bexley station is at the heart of Bexley Town centre (known as Bexley Village).
A subway links the two platforms. The station has ticket gates. There is a 259 space car park.
Standard off-peak services are
- 2tph to London Charing Cross calling at all stations to Hither Green then running fast to London Bridge
- 2tph to London Cannon Street calling at all stations via Lewisham
- 2tph to London Cannon Street calling at all stations via Crayford, Slade Green & Woolwich Arsenal
- 2tph to Gravesend via Crayford and Dartford
In the evening and on Sundays there is a half hourly service to London Charing Cross.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Dartford Loop Line
and Sidcup Line
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