Forest Hill railway station

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Forest Hill London Overground National Rail
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Forest Hill is located in Greater London
Forest Hill
Forest Hill
Location of Forest Hill in Greater London
LocationForest Hill
Local authorityLondon Borough of Lewisham
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeFOH
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Increase 5.423 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 5.222 million[1]
2018–19Increase 5.292 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 5.000 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 1.322 million[1]
Key dates
5 June 1839Opened as Dartmouth Arms
1845Renamed Forest Hill
Other information
External links
WGS8451°26′20″N 0°03′11″W / 51.439°N 0.053°W / 51.439; -0.053Coordinates: 51°26′20″N 0°03′11″W / 51.439°N 0.053°W / 51.439; -0.053
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Forest Hill railway station serves Forest Hill in the London Borough of Lewisham, south London. The station adjoins a road which serves as part of the A205 South Circular Road.

The station is managed by London Overground, with Overground and Southern trains serving the station. Thameslink services also pass through the station. It is 5 miles 50 chains (9.05 km) down the line from London Bridge, between Honor Oak Park and Sydenham, in Travelcard Zone 3. There are four tracks through the station, although only the slow lines (the two outer tracks) have platforms.

There are two entrances, the main one being on platform 1 at the bottom of the South Circular Road, and a side entrance on platform 2 on Perry Vale. The ticket office is placed in the main entrance, although there are ticket machines outside both entrances.


The station was opened by the original London & Croydon Railway (L&CR) on 5 June 1839, as Dartmouth Arms (the name of the local inn).

The line was also used by the London and Brighton Railway from 1841 and the South Eastern Railway (SER) from 1842. In 1844, the station was chosen by the L&CR as the northern terminus for Phase 1 of an experimental atmospheric railway to West Croydon. A pumping station was also constructed at the station.[2] The L&CR and the L&BR merged to form the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) in July 1846; the following year "atmospheric" working was abandoned. In 1845 the station became Forest Hill for Lordship Lane.[3][4]

A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the Brighton Main Line between South Croydon and Selhurst/Forest Hill, as well as surrounding lines

The LB&SCR moved the Down platform during the early 1850s when the line was quadrupled, and extended the island platform around 1864.[5]

The LB&SCR station buildings were badly damaged by bombing during World War II but were patched up and survived until British Rail demolished them in 1972 and built a much smaller CLASP system-built prefabricated station building that remains in use to this day. The short narrow island platform serving the fast lines was demolished in the early 1960s.[citation needed]


Services at Forest Hill are operated by Southern and London Overground.

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


Southern services at Forest Hill are operated using Class 377 and Class 455 EMUs.

London Overground[8]

London Overground services at Forest Hill are operated using Class 378 EMUs.

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London Buses routes 122, 176, 185, 197 and 356 serve the station.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 1 Origins and Formation. Batsford. pp. 249–250. ISBN 0-7134-0275-X.
  3. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  4. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
  5. ^ Howard Turner, John (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. pp. 43, 245. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8.
  6. ^ "Timetable 31: Tattenham Corner and Coulsdon to London" (PDF). Southern, December 2019.
  7. ^ "Timetable 40: London Bridge to London Victoria via Crystal Palace" (PDF). Southern, December 2019.
  8. ^ "Highbury & Islington to New Cross, Clapham, Crystal Palace and West Croydon Timetable" (PDF). London Overground, May 2020.
  9. ^ Forest Hill station/Dartmouth Road
  10. ^ Forest Hill Station/London Road - Bus

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