Carshalton Beeches railway station

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Carshalton Beeches National Rail
Carshalton Beeches stn building.JPG
Carshalton Beeches is located in Greater London
Carshalton Beeches
Carshalton Beeches
Location of Carshalton Beeches in Greater London
Location Carshalton
Local authority London Borough of Sutton
Grid reference TQ275636
Managed by Southern
Station code CSB
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2009–10 Decrease 0.760 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 0.791 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 0.849 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.899 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 0.953 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 1.021 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Pre-grouping London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Key dates
1 October 1906 (1906-10-01) Opened as Beeches Halt
1 April 1925 Renamed Carshalton Beeches
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°21′26″N 0°10′11″W / 51.3573°N 0.1698°W / 51.3573; -0.1698Coordinates: 51°21′26″N 0°10′11″W / 51.3573°N 0.1698°W / 51.3573; -0.1698

Carshalton Beeches railway station is in south Carshalton in the London Borough of Sutton in south London. The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Southern, and is in Travelcard Zone 5. The station is under a mile from Oaks Park and can be accessed along Woodmansterne Road.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station is:[2]

This station also has direct train services to and from London Bridge Station, in the mornings (to London Bridge), and evenings (from London Bridge) on weekdays. Outside of these hours passengers must change at Norwood Junction.

There are also direct services to Dorking and Guildford during weekday mornings and evenings.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Wallington   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
London Victoria to Sutton via Crystal Palace
  Sutton

History[edit]

Platforms at Carshalton Beeches, looking from the western end.

The railway in Carshalton Beeches has been around since 1847 when track was laid between Epsom, Sutton and West Croydon but it was not until 1 October 1906 that a halt named Beeches Halt[3] was opened in the small settlement, at the north end of Beeches Avenue (at the time called Beechnut Tree Walk). That same year a tram service between Sutton and Croydon opened. Beeches Halt was served by steam rail-motors (early multiple units) running between West Croydon and Epsom Downs.

As residential development continued, demand increased and the Sutton to London line was electrified in 1925 using 6600V, 25 Hz AC, Overhead electrification (OLE), replacing passenger steam traction. At that time the halt was upgraded, a new station built, renamed Carshalton Beeches on 1 April 1925[4] and the road bridge was rebuilt. The OLE was replaced by the Southern standard of 650V DC third rail in 1930.

The station's centenary was celebrated in October 2006[5] and in September 2010 the station foyer was completely reworked to allow a larger ticket office and for electronic ticket barriers to be put in. These are now operational. Further work was completed in 2012 giving disabled access to the London-bound platform only and also adding an area for the parking of bicycles.

Connections[edit]

The London Bus Route 154 serves the station; connects the area with Carshalton-on-the-Hill, South Beddington, St Helier Hospital, and Morden.

Local attractions close to the station[edit]

There are two lavender fields within walking distance of the station. One is at Oaks Way, on the Stanley Park Allotments and is run as a not-for-profit community project; set up from the European funded BioRegional development fund. The annual Carshalton lavender harvest is held in July.

The Mayfield Lavender Field is situated near Oaks Park and is just over a mile walk from the station. This is a 25-acre commercial site in Croydon Lane and, due to its size, is popular for photography and overseas visitors.

The Oaks Park is situated less than a mile walk along Beeches Avenue and Woodmansterne Road.

Little Holland House is situated less than five minutes walk from the station. Set in the fine Beeches Avenue, this individually built suburban house offers the visitor some insight into the local Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the early 20th century.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 172 (Network Rail)
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 31. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 31, 55
  5. ^ "Station Centenary". Sutton Guardian (Sutton, London). 5 October 2006. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 

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