Chelsfield railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Bromley|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|2 March 1868||Opened|
|London transport portal|
Chelsfield railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line, serving the Chelsfield and Green Street Green areas south of Orpington, in the London Borough of Bromley, south-east London. It is 15 miles 25 chains (24.6 km) down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Orpington and Knockholt stations. It is in Travelcard Zone 6.
The line on which it is located, and the station itself, was opened on 2 March 1868 by the South Eastern Railway to shorten its route from London to Dover. The building of the route, which crosses the North Downs, was a difficult undertaking, with steep gradients. At Chelsfield the line is rising steadily on a 1 in 120 gradient through the Chelsfield Tunnel beyond the station. It is said that this was an inspiration to E. Nesbit when writing The Railway Children 
The modern station building dates from the 1970s when its predecessor was damaged by fire.
The typical off-peak service from the station is two trains per hour southbound to Sevenoaks and two trains per hour northbound to London Charing Cross, calling at all stations to Hither Green and then running fast to London Bridge. In the peak hours this is supplemented by stopping Tunbridge Wells to London Charing Cross services, running fast from Chelsfield to London Bridge. These connect with the Knockholt and Dunton Green services. Sevenoaks to Charing Cross stopping services via Orpington are diverted to Cannon Street.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
South Eastern Main Line
via Paddock Wood
Tunbridge Wells stopping services
- "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- http://www.chelsfieldhistory.org.uk/places_chelsfield_station.htm Retrieved 31/05/2016
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