Clock House railway station

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Clock House National Rail
Clock House railway station, Greater London.jpg
Clock House is located in Greater London
Clock House
Clock House
Location of Clock House in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Bromley
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeCLK
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
OSIKent House National Rail[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Decrease 1.154 million[2]
2016–17Increase 1.157 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 1.144 million[2]
2018–19Increase 1.209 million[2]
– interchange  112[2]
2019–20Decrease 1.186 million[2]
– interchange Increase 114[2]
Key dates
1 May 1890Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°24′31″N 0°02′28″W / 51.4085°N 0.0410°W / 51.4085; -0.0410Coordinates: 51°24′31″N 0°02′28″W / 51.4085°N 0.0410°W / 51.4085; -0.0410
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of part of the Hayes Line, between Lower Sydenham and Elmers End, showing the now closed Addiscombe Line and W&SCR branches off the Hayes Line.

Clock House railway station is in the London Borough of Bromley in south east London, in Travelcard Zone 4 between Beckenham and Penge. It is 10 miles 23 chains (16.6 km) down the line from London Charing Cross. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southeastern on the Hayes line.

The station, which was opened by the South Eastern Railway in 1890, is named after the nearby residence of the Cator Family, demolished in 1896. Clock House retains its original street level booking hall and the remnants of its platform canopies and was formerly known for its tendency to flood whenever overwhelmed by the Chaffinch brook.[3] The station name can be spelt either Clock House or Clockhouse. For example, the previous station signage used the latter (historically inaccurate) form, whilst the published timetables use the former version. The new Southeastern re-branded station signage and livery has since corrected this inaccuracy.


Early years (1857-1922)[edit]

The Mid-Kent line was built by the Mid-Kent and North Kent Junction Railway (MK&NKJR) and was opened on 1 January 1857 as far as Beckenham Junction. From opening the line was worked by the South Eastern Railway (SER).

Seven years later the MK&NKJR built an extension from a new junction station at New Beckenham to Croydon (Addiscombe Road) with an intermediate station at Elmers End, which again was operated by the SER.

House building commenced in the area in 1885 and Clock House station was opened on 1 May 1890 and was named after a nearby mansion. The station was equipped with a goods yard on the down side from opening. The 18-lever signal box was located on the up side at the south end of the station.[4]

The Elmers End – Hayes section was built by the West Wickham & Hayes Railway, but was sold to the South Eastern Railway on opening day, 29 May 1882.[Note 1]

In 1898 the South Eastern Railway and its bitter rivals the London Chatham and Dover Railway agreed to work as one railway company under the name of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway and Clock House became an SECR station.

Southern Railway (1923-1947)[edit]

Following the Railways Act 1921 (also known as the Grouping Act), Clock House became a Southern Railway station on 1 January 1923.

The Mid-Kent line was electrified with the (750 V DC third rail) system and electric services commenced on 28 February 1926. Early electric services were worked by early Southern Railway 3-car Electric Multiple Unit trains often built from old SECR carriages. In connection with the electrification the track bed in the Clock House area was raised in an effort to reduce flooding. Electrification led to further house building between Clock House and Elmers End.[5]

British Railways (1948-1994)[edit]

After World War II and following nationalisation on 1 January 1948, the station fell under the auspices of British Railways Southern Region. Three-aspect colour light signals were installed at the station in 1956 controlled by New Beckenham signal box (in the down direction) and Elmers End (up direction).

The signal box at the station was taken out of use on 19 August 1962 where it presumably had been used to control access to the goods yard.[6]

The goods yard was closed on 19 April 1965.

On 28 May 1975 all signalling came under the control of the London Bridge Signalling Centre.

Upon sectorisation in 1982, three passenger sectors were created: InterCity, operating principal express services; and London & South East (renamed Network SouthEast in 1986) who operated commuter services in the London area.[7]

The privatisation era (1994-Present Day)[edit]

Following privatisation of British Rail on 1 April 1994 the infrastructure at New Beckenham station became the responsibility of Railtrack whilst a business unit operated the train services. On 13 October 1996 operation of the passenger services passed to Connex South Eastern who were originally due to run the franchise until 2011.

Following a number of accidents and financial issues Railtrack plc was sold to Network Rail on 3 October 2002 who became responsible for the infrastructure.[8][9]

On 27 June 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority decided to strip Connex of the franchise citing poor financial management and run the franchise itself.[10][11] Connex South Eastern continued to operate the franchise until 8 November 2003 with the services transferring to the Strategic Rail Authority's South Eastern Trains subsidiary the following day.

On 30 November 2005 the Department for Transport awarded Govia the Integrated Kent franchise. The services operated by South Eastern Trains transferred to Southeastern on 1 April 2006.


The typical off peak service is:[12]

On Sundays there is a half-hourly service each way, to Cannon Street & Hayes.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
New Beckenham   Southeastern
Hayes Line
  Elmers End


Platform 2 (trains towards Hayes) has step-free access, but Platform 1 (trains towards London) has access available via steps only.


Kent House station is an 8-minute walk from this station, and has trains between London Victoria and Orpington, which are also operated by Southeastern. Beckenham Road tram stop is a 3-minute walk, which has Tramlink services to Croydon.

London Buses routes 194, 227, 354 and 358 serve the station.


  1. ^ The current Hayes service (2016) which serves the station uses the 1857 line to New Beckenham, the 1864 line to Elmers End and the 1882 line to Hayes.


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLSX). Transport for London. 16 June 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "The Railways of Beckenham", Andrew Hajducki, 2011[page needed]
  4. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. p. 44.
  5. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. p. 47.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (September 1993). London Bridge to Addiscombe. Midhurst, UK: Middleton Press. p. 60. ISBN 1-873793-20-0.
  7. ^ Thomas, David St John; Whitehouse, Patrick (1990). BR in the Eighties. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-9854-7.
  8. ^ Network Rail closer to Railtrack takeover BBC News, 1 April 2016
  9. ^ "Accounting for Producer Needs: The case of Britain's rail infrastructure" (PDF). Centre for Management and Organisational History. p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Train firm loses franchise". BBC News. 27 June 2003. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  11. ^ Basher Bowker pulls the plug on Connex The Telegraph 29 June 2003
  12. ^ Table 203 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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