Clapham High Street railway station

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Clapham High Street London Overground National Rail
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Clapham High Street is located in Greater London
Clapham High Street
Clapham High Street
Location of Clapham High Street in Greater London
Location Clapham
Local authority London Borough of Lambeth
Managed by London Overground
Station code CLP
DfT category F1
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
OSI Clapham North London Underground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 0.316 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.461 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 1.089 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 1.222 million[2]
2015–16 Increase 2.300 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates
25 August 1862 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°27′57″N 0°07′58″W / 51.4658°N 0.1328°W / 51.4658; -0.1328Coordinates: 51°27′57″N 0°07′58″W / 51.4658°N 0.1328°W / 51.4658; -0.1328
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Clapham High Street is on the South London Line in Clapham within the London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London. It is served by London Overground services under the control of the London Rail division of Transport for London.

It is close to Clapham North underground station and interchange is counted as an Out of Station Interchange on Oyster, so journeys involving a change between the two are charged as through journeys and not two separate journeys.[3]


This station was opened on 25 August 1862 by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) as Clapham, renamed Clapham & North Stockwell from May 1863. The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) route (current Atlantic Line, often referred to by its old name of South London Line) was authorized by an 1863 Act of Parliament and parallels the original 1862 LCDR route eastwards between Wandsworth Road and Brixton and beyond. Until the 1923 grouping all lines through this station were owned by the LCDR, with two leased to the LBSCR for their sole use.

A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Clapham High Street

The original 'south' 1862 line was leased to the LBSCR in 1867 and the LCDR used the new 'north' 1867 lines.

Hence the existing platforms, together with the Grade 2 listed 1862 station building, form the original station. These platforms were used by the LCDR from 1862 to 1867, and the LBSCR until the 1923 grouping.[4][5]

The 1867 LCDR platforms were closed on 3 April 1916 and subsequently demolished.[6] The eastbound platform's station building was destroyed by a bomb in 1944.[6]

The LCDR 1866 station building (on the north side) was partially demolished in 1924 after the 1916 closure, finally being demolished in the late 1970s. In British Rail days, access to the platforms was via a subway on the north side.[7]

The original south 1862 building was sold, being initially used as a furniture warehouse before being redeveloped in 2003 as residential accommodation. It is now Grade 2 listed. The platform had a full-length canopy that was demolished in the late 1970s.[6]

This Grade 2 listed 1862 building is the original station of 1862, not 1867, as wrongly quoted in several publications.

The line between London Victoria and London Bridge was electrified at 6600 V AC on the overhead system on 1 December 1909. It was re-electrified in 1928 using third rail 660 V DC and the overhead was dismantled.

In 1937 it was renamed Clapham before receiving its current name in 1989 to avoid confusion with Clapham Junction[8]

The station in 1984 with fencing being erected between the platform and former station building

In 2012 Southern refurbished the eastbound platform, erecting a new fence and repaving the surface. In late 2012, London Overground erected new waiting shelters and station name signs.


Typical off-peak and peak service is four London Overground trains per hour in each direction.

Preceding station   Overground roundel (no text).svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
South London Line
National Rail National Rail
Bromley South   Southeastern
Victoria - Bromley South
Limited Service
  Wandsworth Road
  Historical railways  
Wandsworth Road
Line and station open
  British Rail
Southern Region

South London Line
  East Brixton
Line open, station closed

Until 8 December 2012 Clapham High Street was served by a twice-hourly Southern service between London Victoria and London Bridge.

From 9 December 2012, London Overground services began operating between Clapham Junction and Surrey Quays, completing the orbital route around London. As a result, all Southern services were withdrawn and replaced with London Overground services, with four trains calling per hour.[9]

Parliamentary Services[edit]

Since 9 December 2012, Southeastern has operated a limited service from London Victoria. In February 2017 this service was running with one early morning train a day in each direction from Monday to Friday only. Otherwise, SE trains calling at Denmark Hill and Victoria in normal working pass through the platform lines without stopping but can be diverted (via Crofton Road Junction between Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill stations) over the non-platform lines when required. Until December 2012 Southern also ran a service from Kensington (Olympia) to Clapham High Street but this was later cut back to Wandsworth Road from Kensington Olympia before being withdrawn altogether on 17 June 2013.

As a nominal replacement for the former Southern-operated South London line route to/from Battersea Park, a single train in each direction to/from Highbury & Islington was maintained after the December 2012 timetable change (leaving Battersea Park at 06.17 and returning as the 22.17 Highbury & Islington to Battersea Park). This was still operating in March 2016 (weekdays only), running to and from Dalston Junction. An additional weekday eastbound late night train also operates on this route (as the evening train to Battersea Park now returns in service to Dalston rather than as empty stock) - this arrives at 23.07 en route to Dalston Junction.[10]


London Buses routes 50, 88, 155, 322, 345 and P5 and night route N155 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 
  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. ^ "Out of Station Interchange (OSI)". Oyster and National Rail (independent guide). 26 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  4. ^ London Railway Record July 2012
  5. ^ The London Brighton and South Coast Railway Vol 2 JT Howard Turner
  6. ^ a b c Clapham High Street Archived 23 April 2013 at Transport Urban Design
  7. ^ London Railway Record July 2012 Page 103
  8. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater London (page 121) by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
  9. ^ TfL London Overground Extension to Clapham Junction
  10. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 178

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