Bexley railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Bexley|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 September 1866||Opened|
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Bexley railway station is in the London Borough of Bexley in south-east London, in Travelcard Zone 6. It is 13 miles 69 chains (22.3 km) down the line from London Charing Cross. The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Southeastern.
It 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.
The typical off peak service in trains per hour is:
- 4 tph (trains per hour) to London Charing Cross via Sidcup, of which 2tph are stopping services and 2tph are semi fast (skipping Albany Park and running non-stop from New Eltham to London Bridge.
- 2 tph to London Cannon Street via Sidcup & Lewisham.
- 2 tph to Slade Green, continuing to London Cannon Street via Woolwich Arsenal and Greenwich.
- 4 tph to Dartford, of which 2tph continue to Gravesend.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Albany Park or Sidcup||Southeastern
Dartford Loop Line
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- London Suburban Railways - Lewisham to Dartford by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith (Middleton Press 1991)
- Railway Accident at Bexley: A Report into the Derailment of a Freight Train at Bexley on the Dartford Loop line of Railtrack Southern Zone on 4 February 1997 Railways Archive; Retrieved 21 April 2017
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