Eltham railway station

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Eltham National Rail
Eltham railway station, Greater London.jpg
Eltham is located in Greater London
Eltham
Eltham
Location of Eltham in Greater London
Location Eltham
Local authority Royal Borough of Greenwich
Managed by Southeastern
Station code ELW
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 2.162 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 2.258 million[2]
2013–14 Decrease 2.424 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 2.522 million[2]
2015–16 Decrease 2.438 million[2]
Key dates
17 March 1985 Opened
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Eltham railway station is a station in the Well Hall area of Eltham, South East London, within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is in Travelcard Zone 4. The station is operated by Southeastern. The station has two platforms: platform 1 for services to Central London and platform 2 for Dartford and Barnehurst.

History[edit]

Until 1985 there were two railway stations in Eltham on the Bexleyheath line.

Eltham Well Hall (originally just 'Well Hall'), which opened on 1 May 1895, was about 220 yards (200 m) to the west of the current station on the other side of Well Hall Road.[3] It was one of five stations with wooden buildings and was constructed on the west side of the main road,[4] In 1932 the Well Hall buildings were rebuilt.

Eltham Park station, which opened 1 May 1908, was about 500 yards (460 m) further east of the current station with its main entrance adjacent to the London-bound platform, and footpaths to Westmount Road and Glenesk Road. An additional footpath linking the country-bound platform with Westmount Road was available at peak times.[3]

Both stations were closed and replaced by the current station which was opened by British Rail on 17 March 1985 when a section of the A2 – the Rochester Way Relief Road – opened. A bus station built on a raft over the A2 was opened at the same time.

The platforms and buildings of the abandoned Eltham Park station still exist. There is no trace of Eltham Well Hall station, the site of which is west of Well Hall Road where the A2 passes under the railway.

Accidents[edit]

On 11 June 1972, a train derailed near Eltham Well Hall station, when the driver took a sharp bend too fast. The driver and five passengers were killed, plus 126 people injured; an investigation revealed the driver was drunk.[5][6]

Location[edit]

The station is located on Well Hall Road, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) from Eltham High Street.

Buses[edit]

Eltham station is served by several Transport for London bus routes, the 132, 161, 162, 233, 286 and 314. These connect the station with Bexley, Bromley, Blackfen, Chislehurst, Greenwich, Mottingham, New Addington, New Eltham, Sidcup, Swanley and Woolwich.

Services[edit]

All trains are operated by Southeastern.

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Kidbrooke   Southeastern
Bexleyheath Line
& Victoria-Dartford Line
  Falconwood

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ a b Glasspool, David. "Eltham Park". Retrieved 30 July 2007. 
  4. ^ Extract from 1898 6inch to the mile OS map. Mottingham, Eltham High Street and new (1895) Bexleyheath Line Railway. (map [:File:Eltham_map_1898.jpg])
  5. ^ http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/eventsummary.php?eventID=134
  6. ^ Ministry of Transport; Col J.R.H. Robertson (1973). Railway accident : Report on the Derailment that occurred on 11 June 1972 at Eltham (Well Hall) Station in the Southern Region, British Railways (PDF). HMSO. ISBN 0-11-550303-X. 

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