Crayford railway station
Location of Crayford in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Bexley|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|1 September 1866||Opened|
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Down trains run eastbound to Dartford, Gravesend and to London Cannon Street via Slade Green, and up trains run westbound to Cannon Street and London Charing Cross via Lewisham. Ticket barriers are in operation.
Crayford station was opened in September 1866. The original station building, like most of the Dartford Loop Line stations, was built cheaply of clapboard. The station had a brick-built goods shed on the up side. The goods yard had only two tracks with no direct connection to the adjacent waterworks, brickworks and gravel pit. Two additional sidings were eventually constructed on the down side. For many years there was no connection between the two platforms except for a track crossing. A footbridge was provided at the eastern ends of the platforms in 1926 when the line was electrified. A SER-designed signal box at the western end of the down platform was built around 1892.
In 1955 both platforms were lengthened to accommodate ten carriage trains. The goods yard closed in May 1963. In 1968 the station buildings were completely rebuilt using pre-fabricated CLASP structures. The signal box closed in November 1970.
The footbridge remains the oldest part of the station. The two sidings on the down side remained for many years and were still in use until the mid-1990s. By 2000 the sidings had fallen out of use and were subsequently disconnected, but the sleepers and rails still remain in position.
In 2000 the ticket office caught fire and was damaged beyond economical repair. The following year a new building appeared in its place together with palisade fencing alongside the rear of both platforms.
The station is situated in Lower Station Road.
The standard off-peak service from the station is:
- 2tph (trains per hour) to London Charing Cross via Sidcup
- 2tph to London Cannon Street via Sidcup and Lewisham
- 2tph to Gravesend
- 2tph to Slade Green, continuing to London Cannon Street via Woolwich Arsenal and Greenwich
In the evening and on Sundays there is a half-hourly service to London Charing Cross.
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Dartford Loop Line
Connection to Bexleyheath Line
London Buses route 492 serve the station.
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