Clapham High Street railway station
|Clapham High Street|
Location of Clapham High Street in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Lambeth|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|OSI||Clapham North |
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||London, Chatham and Dover Railway|
|25 August 1862||Opened|
|Lists of stations|
Clapham High Street railway station is on the South London Line. Services on the line are operated by London Overgrounds's service from Clapham Junction to Highbury & Islington. Southeastern also operates a daily service between London Victoria and Bromley South.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Wandsworth Road||British Rail
South London Line
|Preceding station||London Overground||Following station|
towards Dalston Junction
|South London Line||
towards Clapham Junction
Victoria - Bromley South
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.
The benefits of the Overground are the direct links to the City (Shoreditch High Street), Whitechapel and Docklands (via interchange at Canada Water with the Jubilee Line for Canary Wharf and Shadwell for the Docklands Light Railway), so providing an alternative to the critically congested Northern Line at Clapham North.
Until December 2012 Southern also ran a service from Kensington (Olympia) to Clapham High Street but this has now been cut back to Wandsworth Road from Kensington Olympia (and was 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 still operates as of May 2016 (weekdays only), but now runs 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.
- "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- "Out of Station Interchange (OSI)". Oyster and National Rail (independent guide). 26 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- London Railway Record July 2012
- The London Brighton and South Coast Railway Vol 2 JT Howard Turner
- Clapham High Street Transport Urban Design
- London Railway Record July 2012 Page 103
- Forgotten Stations of Greater London (page 121) by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
- http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/london-overground-extension-to-clapham-junction-faq.pdf TfL London Overground Extension to Clapham Junction
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 178
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- Train times and station information for Clapham High Street railway station from National Rail
- Department for Transport letter regarding the withdrawal of Victoria services