Coulsdon South railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Croydon|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||South Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||South Eastern and Chatham Railway|
|1 October 1889||Opened|
|London transport portal|
Coulsdon South railway station serves Coulsdon in the London Borough of Croydon, and is in Travelcard Zone 6, on the Brighton Main Line. It is 17 miles 3 chains (27.42 km) measured from London Charing Cross. The station is served by Southern and by ThamesLink.
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.
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 miles 3 chains (27.4 km) from Charing Cross, and has two platforms each long enough for a 12-coach train. 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.
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
- 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.
The typical off-peak train service per hour is:
- 2tph to London Victoria (Southern)
- 2tph to Peterborough via London Bridge (Thameslink)
- 2tph to Reigate (Southern)
- 2tph to Horsham via Gatwick Airport (Thameslink)
A Sunday service operates as follows:
- 1tph to Peterborough via London Bridge
- 2tph to London Victoria
- 1tph to Horsham
- 1tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- 1tph to Reigate
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||Following station|
Brighton Main Line
London Buses routes 60, 404, 405, 463 and night route N68 serve the station.
Notes and references
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Yonge, John (November 2008) . Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 15A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
- Yonge, John (November 2008) . Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 14C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
- https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/timetabling/electronic-national-rail-timetable/ (Timetable No. 183 May 2018)
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