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
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codeCDS
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 1.271 million[1]
2017–18Increase 1.420 million[1]
2018–19Increase 1.681 million[1]
2019–20Increase 1.850 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.459 million[1]
Railway companies
Original companySouth Eastern Railway
Pre-groupingSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
1 October 1889Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°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
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg 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 mileschains (27.42 km) measured from London Charing Cross.[2] The station is served by Southern and by ThamesLink.


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.[3] 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[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.

Recent history[edit]

In May 2019, work began to install a new accessible footbridge with lifts and tactile paving. The work was completed in August 2020 having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.[4]


Services at Coulsdon South are operated by Southern and Thameslink using Class 377 and 700 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[5]

On Sundays, the service between London and Reigate reduces to hourly. In addition, the Peterborough to Horsham service also reduces to hourly and northbound, runs only as far as London Bridge.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station


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


David Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother Terry, died by suicide on 16 January 1985 when he walked in front of a train at Coulsdon South railway station.[6][7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". 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 15A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ insidecroydon (17 August 2020). "Access all areas at Coulsdon South as £3m bridge is finished". Inside Croydon. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Timetable 20: Reigate and Redhill to London" (PDF). Southern, December 2019.
  6. ^ O'Leary, Chris (12 February 2019). Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016. United Kingdom: Repeater Books (Watkins Media). ISBN 9781912248308.
  7. ^ Pegg, Nicholas. The Complete David Bowie. p. 120.

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