Brixton railway station

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Brixton National Rail
Brixton railway station 02.jpg
Brixton is located in Greater London
Location of Brixton in Greater London
Location Brixton
Local authority London Borough of Lambeth
Managed by Southeastern
Station code BRX
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
OSI Brixton London Underground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 0.843 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.897 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 0.943 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 1.055 million[2]
2015–16 Increase 1.282 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°27′46″N 0°06′48″W / 51.4629°N 0.1132°W / 51.4629; -0.1132Coordinates: 51°27′46″N 0°06′48″W / 51.4629°N 0.1132°W / 51.4629; -0.1132
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Brixton railway station is a commuter railway station in Brixton, South London, UK. It is on the Chatham Main Line from London Victoria to Orpington and beyond. Trains are operated by Southeastern. The typical service is one train every 15 minutes in both directions.

It is about 110 yards (100 m) north of Brixton tube station, high above ground level on a railway bridge that can be seen from the tube station. Access is from Atlantic Road via staircases. It is also a busy junction, with the Catford Loop via Peckham Rye and Bellingham leaving the Chatham Main Line immediately west of the station.


Brixton main line station in 1960

Brixton was opened as Brixton and South Stockwell in 1862 by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LC&DR) to serve the affluent Victorian suburbs of South London.[3] Services ran from Moorgate to London Victoria via Holborn Viaduct railway station, Camberwell New Road and Brixton and South Stockwell to Grosvenor Road, following the opening of the link northeastwards to London Blackfriars via Loughborough Junction in 1864.[4] The station was also connected to the LC&DR's branch to Crystal Palace High Level via Nunhead soon afterwards, with this section (via Denmark Hill) becoming part of the modern-day Catford Loop Line.

The station is currently served only by trains on the main line towards Herne Hill. The Denmark Hill line platforms were closed in April 1916 as a wartime economy measure and have been demolished except for a short section of the up platform. However, the line itself remains in regular and frequent use by both freight and passenger services.


The typical off-peak train service per hour is:[5]

On Sundays, there is a half-hourly service each way.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Victoria   Southeastern
Bromley South Line
  Herne Hill

London Overground extension[edit]

Map of rail & tube lines passing through Brixton, showing the location of Brixton station and the London Overground through route
One of the high rail bridges above Brixton

The London Overground network passes above the station without stopping. This segment of the South London Line became part of the network as the second phrase of the East London line extension project. Completed in December 2012, the extension connected the South London Line to the East and West London Lines, from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction.[6]

The line also passes over Loughborough Junction.[6] Adding both stations to the route was excluded from the plan due to the prohibitive cost of building on the high viaducts at each location.[7] The proposals drew criticism for not including new interchange stations at these locations.[8][9] Until 1976 trains stopped at nearby East Brixton.


A number of colourful murals have been painted on the outside of the station. Inside the station, three bronze sculptures stand on the platforms. This work, Platforms Piece by Kevin Atherton, was erected in 1986 and the statues are life casts of three people - two black, one white - who regularly travelled from Brixton.[10] The statues, believed to be the first sculptures of black British people in a public place in the UK, were given Grade II listed status in November 2016.[11]



London Buses routes 2, 3, 35, 37 (at Lambeth Town Hall); 45, 59, 109, 118, 133, 159, 196, 250, 322, 333, 345 (at Brixton Police Station), 355, 415, 432, 689, 690, P4, P5 and night routes N2, N3, N35, N109 and N133 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Stockwell history". London Borough of Lambeth. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Herbert, Henry (1877). Herbert's Metropolitan Hand-Book. Henry Herbert & Co. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-103-01106-3. 
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 195 (Network Rail)
  6. ^ a b Transport for London (2006). "The Tube in 2010". Retrieved 2007-11-03.  (map illustrating future development phases as proposed by TfL in 2006, subject to change)
  7. ^ "East London Line Extensions - Loughborough Junction". AlwaysTouchOut. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  8. ^ "Junction joy South". South London Press (archived). 24 April 2004. Archived from the original on 9 May 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Martin Linton MP (4 August 2006). "Parliamentary Debate: London Orbital Rail Network". Hansard. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  10. ^ Miles, Malcolm (1997). Art, space and the city. Routledge. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-415-13943-4. 
  11. ^ Brown, Mark (2016-11-03). "First UK public statues of black British people given listed status". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-11-03. 

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