Coulsdon South railway station

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Coulsdon South National Rail
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Coulsdon South is located in Greater London
Coulsdon South
Coulsdon South
Location of Coulsdon South in Greater London
Location Coulsdon
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Managed by Southern
Station code CDS
DfT category D
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 1.563 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.706 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 1.714 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 1.753 million[1]
2015–16 Decrease 1.617 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company South Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Key dates
1 October 1889 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°18′57″N 0°08′17″W / 51.3157°N 0.138°W / 51.3157; -0.138Coordinates: 51°18′57″N 0°08′17″W / 51.3157°N 0.138°W / 51.3157; -0.138
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Coulsdon South railway station serves Coulsdon in the London Borough of Croydon, and is in Travelcard Zone 6, on the Brighton Main Line. The station is served by Southern.

History[edit]

A 1905 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Coulsdon South railway station

Coulsdon is on a stretch of line between Croydon and Redhill which the UK Parliament insisted should be shared by the London and Brighton Railway (L&BR) route to Brighton, and the South Eastern Railway (SER) route to Dover. As a result, there have been a number of railway stations at Coulsdon.


Coulsdon South[edit]

Coulsdon South in 1971 with a Class 423 at platform 2

This station was opened by the South Eastern Railway (SER) on 1 October 1889. The line is on a steep gradient climbing towards Merstham Tunnel. It is 17 mileschains (27.4 km) from Charing Cross, and has two platforms each long enough for a 12-coach train.[2] It was originally called Coulsdon and Cane Hill, referring to the nearby psychiatric hospital: a covered way connected the station to the hospital. By the 1960s, the covered way had been removed.

Ticketing[edit]

The station remains staffed for most of the operational day, with a booking office located on the up (west) side of the station. At the entrance to the ticket office from the station approach road, there are two self-service ticket machines, one of which, most unusually, is wall-mounted.

A PERTIS self-service 'Permit to Travel' ticket machine was previously provided here but has been removed. Automatic Ticket Barriers were installed at the station in spring 2011

Other Stations in Coulsdon[edit]

  • Stoats Nest for Coulsdon and Cane Hill (later Coulsdon North) was opened on 8 November 1899, by the LB&SCR on their Quarry Line which bypassed Redhill. It closed 3 October 1983.
  • Smitham (later Coulsdon Town) was opened in 1904 by the SER on their Tattenham Corner Line and is named after another nearby settlement. This station was renamed from Smitham in 2011 as part of Southern Railway's new franchise agreement. This change was made as a result of a local consultation carried out by Croydon Council and it intended to better reflect the location of the station near Coulsdon town centre.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak train service per hour is:

  • 2tph to London Bridge (Southern)
  • 2tph to Horsham (Southern)
  • 2tph to Bedford (Thameslink)
  • 2tph to Three Bridges (Thameslink)

On Sundays this is reduced to:

  • 2tph to London Bridge
  • 1tph to London Victoria
  • 1tph to Horsham (stopping)
  • 1tph to Bognor Regis (semi-fast to Horsham)
  • 1tph to Tonbridge

There are also a few trains to further destinations such as Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Ore, Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour on early mornings, weekdays and weekends.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Purley   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Merstham
  Thameslink
Thameslink
 

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 60, 404, 405, 463 and night route N68 serve the station.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 14C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3. 

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