Coulsdon South railway station

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Coulsdon South National Rail
Coulsdon South stn building.JPG
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
2004–05 0.921 million[1]
2005–06 Increase 1.04 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 1.362 million[1]
2007–08 Increase 1.555 million[1]
2008–09 Decrease 1.39 million[1]
2009–10 Increase 1.421 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.49 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.563 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.706 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
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°18′57″N 0°08′17″W / 51.3157°N 0.138°W / 51.3157; -0.138

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.


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.

Stoat's Nest[edit]

The first station in Coulsdon was opened by the L&BR in July 1841, named after a nearby settlement. It lay one mile south of Godstone Road (later called Purley), and was the first station to serve Epsom Downs Racecourse, some eight miles distant.[2] It was in service until December 1856, by which time the L&BR successor, the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) had its own route from Croydon to Epsom.

Coulsdon South[edit]

Coulsdon South railway station in 1971

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 has two platforms. It was originally called Coulsdon and Cane Hill, referring to the nearby psychiatric hospital: a covered way, supposedly built because of the hospital, has been removed.

David Bowie's half-brother, a patient at the nearby Cane Hill psychiatric hospital, committed suicide by lying down on the tracks at Coulsdon South station.[3]


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.


The typical off-peak train service per hour is:

On Sundays this is reduced to:

  • 1tph to London Bridge, calling at Purley, East Croydon and Norwood Junction.
  • 1tph to Horsham, calling at Merstham, Redhill, Horley and then as above. This train also serves Earlswood and Salfords during the summer timetable (May–September)
  • Additionally, during the summer timetable the service to London Bridge is increased to 2tph with 1tph to Tonbridge calling at Merstham, Redhill, Nutfield, Godstone, Edenbridge, Penshurst and Leigh.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Purley   Southern
Brighton Main Line
London Bridge to Tonbridge (via Redhill)


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

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Turner, John Howard (1977). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 1 Origins and Formation. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-0275-X.  p.166.
  3. ^ see Documenting Cane Hill's Spooky Tales (Croydon Guardian)

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