Coulsdon South railway station
Location of Coulsdon South in Greater London
|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|
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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 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.
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Brighton Main Line
London Buses routes 60, 404, 405, 463 and night route N68 serve the station.
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