Kent House railway station

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Kent House National Rail
Kent House stn building.JPG
Kent House railway station
Kent House is located in Greater London
Kent House
Kent House
Location of Kent House in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Bromley
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeKTH
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms4
Fare zone4
OSIClock House National Rail[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 0.981 million[2]
2015–16Increase 1.022 million[2]
2016–17Increase 1.077 million[2]
2017–18Increase 1.140 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 1.136 million[2]
– interchange  334[2]
Key dates
1 July 1863Line opens
1 October 1884[3]Station opens
Other information
External links
WGS8451°24′44″N 0°02′43″W / 51.4123°N 0.0453°W / 51.4123; -0.0453Coordinates: 51°24′44″N 0°02′43″W / 51.4123°N 0.0453°W / 51.4123; -0.0453
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Kent House railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving part of the Penge and Beckenham areas in the London Borough of Bromley, south London. It is 7 miles 66 chains (12.6 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Penge East and Beckenham Junction. It takes its name from the nearby Kent House farm, the first house in the historic county of Kent after crossing the Surrey border.

The station and most trains that call are operated by Southeastern, as part of the Bromley South Metro service, while a limited number of Thameslink services also call. Kent House is in Travelcard Zone 4.


The line was opened by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) on 1 July 1863, but the station was not opened until 1 October 1884 and was originally named Kent House (Beckenham). It lies above street level, where the booking office is situated; there is a subway and stairs to the platforms.

On 3 February 1993, an IRA bomb was detonated on a train at the station that was travelling from Victoria to Ramsgate. A warning had been given and everybody was safely evacuated before the explosion but the damage to the carriage was considerable.[4]


All trains at Kent House are operated by Southeastern. The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is: [5]

During the morning peak, there are 5 trains to London Blackfriars via Elephant & Castle, and during the evening peak there are 5 trains from Blackfriars that terminate at Beckenham Junction.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Penge East   Southeastern
Bromley South Line
  Beckenham Junction
Blackfriars to Beckenham Junction

Platform 2 is signalled with a turnback facility in the London direction, though currently no services start or terminate at this station.


London Buses routes 194, 227 and 358 and night route N3 serve the station.

Clock House station on the Hayes Line (formerly the Mid-Kent Line) is a short walk from this station, and has trains between London Charing Cross/Cannon Street and Hayes, which are also operated by Southeastern.

Beckenham Road tram stop is 5 minutes walking distance.


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. 19 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "The Railways of Beckenham", Andrew Hajducki, 2011[page needed]
  4. ^ "IRA bombs train and Tube station: Two explosions bring disruption to". The Independent. 4 February 1993. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Timetable 7: London to Bromley South and Orpington via Herne Hill" (PDF). Southeastern, December 2019.

External links[edit]

A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the Brighton Main Line and Chatham Main Line in South London.