Epsom railway station

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Epsom National Rail
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The old station building
Location
Place Epsom
Local authority Borough of Epsom and Ewell
Grid reference TQ206609
Operations
Station code EPS
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 3.663 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.191 million
2012/13 Increase 3.741 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.200 million
2013/14 Increase 3.963 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.220 million
2014/15 Increase 4.117 million
– Interchange  Decrease 0.214 million
2015/16 Increase 4.183 million
– Interchange  Increase 0.224 million
History
1 February 1859 opened
1929 station rebuilt
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Epsom from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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View north east from the west end of the down platform with signal box in 1991

Epsom railway station serves the town of Epsom in Surrey. It is located off Waterloo Road and is less than two minutes' walk from the High Street. It is not in the London Oyster card zone unlike Epsom Downs or Tattenham Corner stations. The station building was replaced in 2012/2013 with a new building with apartments above the station (see end of article).

Services from this station[edit]

Services are operated by South Western Railway and Southern. Trains serve Central London (Waterloo and Victoria), Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, West Croydon, Sutton, Leatherhead, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham.

The typical off-peak service pattern in trains per hour is as follows:

Southern

South Western Railway

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ewell East or Cheam   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
  Ashtead
Ewell West   South Western Railway
Mole Valley Line
  Ashtead

On 6 February 2013, Crossrail 2 announced plans to include Epsom in its plans as the most southern terminus of the route.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The railway first reached the town in 1847 when an extension of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) from West Croydon was opened with a terminus in the former Station Road (now Upper High Street). This station was initially named Epsom, subsequently renamed Epsom Town.

View from the platforms looking north.

In 1859 a joint venture between the LBSCR and the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) extended the LSWR from Wimbledon to Epsom, where it joined with the LBSCR, and then ran on to Leatherhead. The lines were connected south of the LBSCR station and a new Epsom station was established on the present site. However competition between the companies remained and the new station was operated by the LSWR only, with the tracks configured so that LBSCR trains ran non-stop on the central tracks.

In 1867 the line was extended south from Leatherhead to Dorking and Horsham, and in 1885 a branch from Leatherhead was built to Effingham Junction, where it connected to the line from Surbiton to Guildford. These extensions provided greater connections for Epsom to much of the rest of Surrey.

After the First World War, the railway companies were merged into the Southern Railway, which set about removing duplication. In 1929 work was completed on building a completely new station on the site of the former LSWR station and the tracks at Epsom were rearranged so that the two island platforms provided cross-platform interchange, although as late as the 1960s there were survivals of different systems of the lines of the two former railway companies in that the semaphore signals on the up platforms to London were upper quadrant (on platform 3) for trains to Victoria and London Bridge, but were lower quadrant (on platform 4) for the Waterloo line. The former LBSCR station Epsom Town was closed in 1929, (though some of the building remains abandoned and bricked up behind modern developments on Upper High Street, visible from the line from Ewell East). When Thameslink services started in 1988 by British Rail its secondary southern route ran to Epsom via Elephant & Castle, West Croydon and Sutton, continuing to Guildford. However the onset of rail privatisation made it difficult to maintain a line running across two other companies' routes and services to Epsom were withdrawn in 1994. One of the proposals for the "Thameslink 2000" project (later renamed Thameslink Programme) is to restore services from this station as part of a massive expansion of that network.

For many years the southern ends of the platforms had a large signal box above them, dating from 1929. It was not listed, and despite extensive roof repairs it was demolished in March 1992.

Formerly there was a siding adjacent to platform 1 with a dock for the reception of race horses travelling by rail horse box.

Kevin Craswell incident[edit]

On 3 March 2006 many trains were disrupted just before the Friday afternoon rush hour when drunken 48-year-old company director Kevin Craswell, from nearby Ashtead, lay down and rested his head on a rail, a few inches from the electrified (750 V) third rail. Had he touched this while in contact with the ground, he would have been fatally electrocuted. Power had to be cut for approximately 15 minutes over a 3 miles (4.8 km) stretch of track while Craswell was woken and taken to hospital. Network Rail stated that the cost of the disruption exceeded £7,000. Craswell, who was filmed by a police helicopter - the noise of which failed to wake him - pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing the railway by neglect, and was subsequently fined £560 and ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service.[1][2][3][4][5]

Derailment Incident: 12 September 2006[edit]

Train 2D57, the 19:09 service from London Waterloo to Effingham Junction, became derailed on the approach to Epsom at about 19:42 on Tuesday 12 September 2006. The train was formed of two four-car class 455 electric multiple units (EMUs). The leading bogie of the fourth coach was derailed towards the left as it passed over a set of trailing points on a right-hand curve at about 17 miles per hour (27 km/h). The train came to a stop partially in Epsom station, and passengers were quickly evacuated onto the platform. There were no injuries, and there was only minor damage to the train and the track.

As the train approached Epsom, the driver shut off power and reduced speed to comply with the 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) permanent speed restriction round the curve into the station, entering the curve at 19.2 mph (30.9 km/h). He felt a judder, and looked back, observing blue flashes and smoke from the rear of the train. He assumed there was a fault with the train, and attempted to coast into the station. As the fourth coach came into his field of vision, the driver saw that it was derailed and made an emergency brake application. The train then stopped within five seconds.

In the report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the accident, the maintenance of track and points was heavily criticised. The removal of a remote rail lubricator by Network Rail was also criticised.[6]

Typical off-peak journey times from Epsom[edit]

Based on the December 2006 - May 2007 timetable
Frequency in trains per hour

Destination Platform Avg. Journey time Frequency Operator
Sutton 1 or 3 10 minutes 5 tph Southern
Worcester Park 2 or 4 10 minutes 4 tph South Western Railway
Wimbledon 2 or 4 18 minutes 4 tph South Western Railway
Clapham Junction 1, 2, 3 or 4 35 minutes 9 tph Southern and South Western Railway
London Victoria 1 or 3 38 minutes 5 tph Southern
London Waterloo 2 or 4 36 minutes 4 tph South Western Railway
Leatherhead 1 or 2 8 minutes 6 tph Southern and South Western Railway
Dorking 1 or 2 14 minutes 4 tph Southern and South Western Railway
Horsham 1 35 minutes 1 tph Southern
Effingham Junction 2 17 minutes 2 tph South Western Railway
Guildford 2 27 minutes 2 tph South Western Railway

Redevelopment[edit]

The main ticket office and station frontage have been completely demolished and rebuilt. The redevelopment includes a new, larger ticket office, new shop units (Tesco and Costa Coffee), flats and a new Travelodge hotel. Redevelopment started in November 2010 and was expected to be completed by June 2012, but was delayed; it was completed in 2013. During the redevelopment the station remained open, with a temporary ticket office on the forecourt. In addition to redevelopment of the ticket hall there will be full refurbishment of the platform buildings and canopies.

External links[edit]

 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This is London: The boss who fell asleep on a railway track". Archived from the original on 30 April 2007. 
  2. ^ Iggulden, Amy (16 December 2006). "Telegraph.co.uk: The railway sleeper". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Randall, David; Hodgson, Martin (17 December 2006). "Independent Online: The real story behind the "drunk director" asleep on the track". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "BBC News: Man fell asleep on railway line". 15 December 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "icCroydon: Man asleep on railway track cheated death". 
  6. ^ Rail Accident Investigation Branch Rail Accident Report: Derailment at Epsom 12 September 2006 http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources/070913_R342007_Epsom.pdf

Coordinates: 51°20′02″N 0°16′08″W / 51.334°N 0.269°W / 51.334; -0.269