Cheam railway station

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Cheam National Rail
Cheam station main building.JPG
Main building
Cheam is located in Greater London
Location of Cheam in Greater London
Location Cheam
Local authority London Borough of Sutton
Managed by Southern
Station code CHE
DfT category D
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 0.661 million[2]
2005–06 Increase 0.705 million[2]
2006–07 Increase 1.000 million[2]
2007–08 Increase 1.110 million[2]
2008–09 Decrease 1.080 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 1.053 million[2]
2010–11 Decrease 1.052 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.074 million[2]
2012–13 Decrease 1.071 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 1.111 million[2]
Key dates
10 May 1847 Opened
Other information
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WGS84 51°21′22″N 0°12′53″W / 51.356°N 0.2147°W / 51.356; -0.2147Coordinates: 51°21′22″N 0°12′53″W / 51.356°N 0.2147°W / 51.356; -0.2147

View from the A217 bridge in 1986

Cheam railway station serves Cheam in the London Borough of Sutton. It is located on the Sutton & Mole Valley Lines section from Sutton to Epsom with trains to London Victoria and London Bridge both via Mitcham Junction and West Croydon.


In 1844 Cheam was on the planned route for the London to Portsmouth atmospheric railway. The section of line between Croydon and Epsom was part of the London & Croydon Railway company who promoted the Clegg and Samuda atmospheric principle, utilizing a 15 in (380 mm) pipe. This project failed, and Cheam station became part of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway on 10 May 1847.

The station is almost 16 miles (26 km) from London Bridge station. Over the years Cheam station expanded, and was rebuilt and the rail bed widened in preparation for the installation of AC overhead electric services, which would have included the building of an additional central platform island. Due to the outbreak of the First World War, the full planned expansion was cancelled and was never completed. Nevertheless, the through lines were still in place until the late 1970s when the Bognor Regis and Portsmouth express services were withdrawn from the Sutton and Dorking route to serve an expanding Gatwick Airport. The wide space between the tracks still remains and shows where the fast lines had been laid prior their removal. The brick main buildings are on the down side of the station.

Unfulfilled plans[edit]

Plans for the Wimbledon & Sutton Railway, to have been operated by the District Railway, were granted in 1910 and included a penultimate station, just north of Cheam Road, Sutton, which was intended to serve Cheam, to the west. This station was not built when the Southern Railway completed the line in the 1920s.


The typical off-peak service pattern is as follows:

At peak times, services also run to other destinations including London Bridge and Guildford. After 7pm, services via Norbury are diverted via Crystal Palace.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Sutton   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
  Ewell East


London Buses route 470 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Network Map". Southern. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.

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