Epsom railway station
The old station building
|Local authority||Borough of Epsom and Ewell|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1 February 1859|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
Epsom railway station in the county of Surrey is off Waterloo Road, less than two minutes' walk from the High Street. It is not in the London Oyster card zone unlike Epsom Downs station. The station building was replaced in 2012/2013 with a new building with luxury apartments above the station (see end of article).
Services from this station
Services are operated by South West Trains 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:
- 5tph to London Victoria all via Sutton:
- 2tph to Dorking with one carrying on to Horsham
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
|Ewell West||South West Trains
Mole Valley Line
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 Upper High Street. This station was initially named Epsom, subsequently renamed Epsom Town.
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. 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), and the tracks at Epsom were rearranged so that the two island platforms provided cross-platform interchange.
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.
Kevin Craswell incident
On 3 March 2006 many trains were disrupted just before the Friday afternoon rush hour when drunken 48-year-old 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 - was fined £560 and given 180 hours' community service.
Derailment Incident: 12 September 2006
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.
Typical off-peak journey times from Epsom
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 West Trains|
|Wimbledon||2 or 4||18 minutes||4 tph||South West Trains|
|Clapham Junction||1, 2, 3 or 4||35 minutes||9 tph||Southern and South West Trains|
|London Victoria||1 or 3||38 minutes||5 tph||Southern|
|London Waterloo||2 or 4||36 minutes||4 tph||South West Trains|
|Leatherhead||1 or 2||8 minutes||6 tph||Southern and South West Trains|
|Dorking||1 or 2||14 minutes||4 tph||Southern and South West Trains|
|Horsham||1||35 minutes||1 tph||Southern|
|Effingham Junction||2||17 minutes||2 tph||South West Trains|
|Guildford||2||27 minutes||2 tph||South West Trains|
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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Epsom railway station.|
- Route Map and Timetable for Sutton & Mole Valley Line
- Train times and station information for Epsom railway station from National Rail
- "This is London: The boss who fell asleep on a railway track".
- 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.
- Randall, David; Hodgson, Martin (17 December 2006). "Independent Online: The real story behind the "drunk director" asleep on the track". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "BBC News: Man fell asleep on railway line". 15 December 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
- "icCroydon: Man asleep on railway track cheated death".
- Rail Accident Investigation Branch Rail Accident Report: Derailment at Epsom 12 September 2006 http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources/070913_R342007_Epsom.pdf