Mottingham railway station

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Mottingham National Rail
Mottingham railway station, Greater London (geograph 3682416).jpg
Mottingham is located in Greater London
Location of Mottingham in Greater London
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Greenwich
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeMTG
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 1.177 million[2]
2014–15Increase 1.233 million[2]
2015–16Increase 1.369 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 1.316 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 1.299 million[2]
Key dates
1 September 1866Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°26′24″N 0°03′01″E / 51.4401°N 0.0504°E / 51.4401; 0.0504Coordinates: 51°26′24″N 0°03′01″E / 51.4401°N 0.0504°E / 51.4401; 0.0504
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Mottingham railway station is a station situated on Court Road between Eltham and Mottingham, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, south-east London. It is 9 miles 40 chains (15.3 km) down the line from London Charing Cross. The station is located in Travelcard Zone 4, on the Dartford Loop Line between Lee and New Eltham.

The station is operated by Southeastern.


Platform view (1991)

The station was first opened by the South Eastern Railway in 1866 as Eltham for Mottingham.[3] In 1892 it was renamed Eltham & Mottingham. In 1927 it became Mottingham.

The goods yard on the down side to the west of the platforms included a large coal office. A footbridge linking the two platforms was opened in the 1890s. Half a dozen sidings used for rolling stock were built around 1900 on the down side opposite the goods yard.

A three-storey high substation was built next to the station when the Dartford Loop Line was electrified in 1926. The substation was demolished in 1957 later to be replaced by more powerful substations at New Eltham and Hither Green.

On 19 March 1946 the station was the location of a fatal accident when an electric passenger train collided with a stationary light engine that was waiting to move into the sidings. The driver of the passenger train was killed and 13 passengers injured.[4]

In 1955 the platforms were lengthened to take ten carriage trains. The goods yard closed and five of the six rolling stock sidings were decommissioned in 1968. The signal box closed the following year. In 1992 the platforms were lengthened again and in 2012 the platforms are again being extended to take twelve carriage trains.

The up side ticket office has a mixture of structures, the white clapboard dating from the original station of 1866, with brown brick construction of 1957 and sliding doors installed in 1988.[5]


Mottingham Station is situated in the town of Mottingham close to the junction of Court Road and the A20 Sidcup bypass. The A20 road outside is a popular hitchhiking spot to Dover.[6]

The station is served by London bus routes 124, 126, 161, 624.[7]


The station has two platforms. Platform 1 the up platform for westbound services to London and Platform 2 the down platform for eastbound services to Kent. A ticket hall is situated on the up side and the station has ticket gates. There is step free access to both platforms.

The station has a car park.[8]


All trains from Mottingham are operated by Southeastern, who also manage the station.

The Monday to Friday and Saturday daytime off peak service is:

On Sundays the Charing Cross to Dartford service extends to Gravesend.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lee   Southeastern
Dartford Loop Line
and Sidcup Line
  New Eltham


  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. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
  4. ^
  5. ^ Kent Rail
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  7. ^ [1]
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