New Cross railway station

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New Cross National Rail London Overground
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Entrance to New Cross station
New Cross is located in Greater London
New Cross
New Cross
Location of New Cross in Greater London
Location New Cross
Local authority London Borough of Lewisham
Managed by Southeastern
Owner Network Rail
Station code NWX
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 2
OSI New Cross Gate National Rail London Overground[2]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 2.480 million[3]
2013–14 Increase 2.631 million[3]
2014–15 Increase 3.019 million[3]
2015–16 Increase 3.445 million[3]
2016–17 Decrease 3.311 million[3]
– interchange  0.671 million[3]
Key dates
October 1850 Opened
October 1850 East London Line opened
22 December 2007 London Underground services discontinued
27 April 2010 East London Line reopened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°28′36″N 0°01′58″W / 51.4766°N 0.0327°W / 51.4766; -0.0327Coordinates: 51°28′36″N 0°01′58″W / 51.4766°N 0.0327°W / 51.4766; -0.0327
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New Cross railway station is a railway station in New Cross, London, England, and is in London Travelcard Zone 2. The platforms are lettered rather than numbered to avoid confusion with those at New Cross Gate by staff who worked at both stations before privatisation of the stations in 1997. Platform D is used exclusively by London Overground services. Ticket barriers control access to all platforms.


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map showing lines around New Cross (lower right, indicated "S.E.& C.")

In the early Victorian railway boom two companies constructed lines through the area. The London and Croydon Railway (L&CR) built a station on the New Cross Road close to Hatcham in 1839. On 30 July 1849 the South Eastern Railway (SER) opened a station at North Kent Junction when the North Kent line opened linking Strood with the London and Greenwich Railway route to London Bridge.[4][5] This station proved inconvenient so a new station called New Cross & Naval School[6] was opened by the SER in October 1850 located adjacent to the New Cross Road in the heart of New Cross. In 1854 the station was renamed New Cross. Accordingly, both the South Eastern Railway (SER) and the London Brighton & South Coast Railway had stations named New Cross which caused confusion until the two companies were absorbed under the 1923 grouping into the Southern Railway and the name of the older station was changed to New Cross Gate; the ex-South Eastern station remained New Cross.

On 7 December 1869 the East London Line opened serving the LBSCR New Cross station but it was not until 1 April 1880 that services (which started at Addiscombe and worked through to Liverpool Street) started operation via New Cross SER. Freight trains also operated via the East London Line and were hauled by Great Eastern Railway locomotives through to Hither Green Goods Yards. From 30 June 1911 East London Line passenger services south of New Cross ceased.

On 31 March 1913 electric passenger services operated by the Metropolitan Railway started operation from New Cross and worked through to Kensington Addison Road via Kings Cross.[7]

After World War II and following nationalisation on 1 January 1948, it fell under the auspices of British Railways Southern Region.

The East London Line was closed to goods traffic in 1962.

The station was rebuilt in the 1970s and the original station buildings on the road bridge were replaced by a replacement wooden building which opened in 1975 in Amersham Vale. Platforms on the down and up fast lines were closed and demolished and a new track layout was introduced at this time in connection with the wider London Bridge re-signaling scheme.[8]

Ten years later in 1985 the present buildings in Amersham Vale opened.[9]

Up until 22 December 2007 London Underground used to serve this station as the southern terminus to their East London Line. This closed for major engineering work to convert the East London Line to standard 750 V third rail electrification. The line reopened on 27 April 2010 with services now operated by London Overground using Class 378 Capitalstar units.

Carriage Shed[edit]

A 6 siding carriage shed was located just north of the station. Built by the East London Railway the shed was leased by the Metropolitan Railway and continued in service until the line closed in 2007. When the line re-opened the new Capitalstar units were maintained at a new depot at New Cross Gate.[10]


Main-line services are operated by Southeastern from Cannon Street to north and mid Kent. London Overground operate trains along the East London Line, to and from Dalston Junction.[11]

Platform layout[edit]

  • Platform A is used by Southeastern trains to London Cannon Street
  • Platform B is a bi-directional platform used by Southeastern trains to London Cannon Street, Dartford, Hayes, Orpington etc.
  • Platform C is used by Southeastern trains to Dartford, Gravesend (evenings and Sunday), Hayes or Orpington
  • Platform D is used by London Overground trains to Dalston Junction or Highbury & Islington



London Buses routes 53, 177, 225 and 453 serve the station.[12]


  • On 7 August 1899 a train hauled by "Terrier" No.59 Cheam collided with "Gladstone" No. 199 Samuel Laing after the driver overran signals approaching New Cross station. Fifteen people were injured.[13]
  • The Spa Road Junction rail crash occurred outside the station on 8 January 1999.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  4. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  5. ^ Londons Disused Stations Volume 4 by J.E.Connor
  6. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  7. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1996). East London Line. Midhurst, UK: Middleton Press. p. 5. ISBN 1 873793 80 4. 
  8. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1996). East London Line. Midhurst, UK: Middleton Press. p. 60. ISBN 1 873793 80 4. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1996). East London Line. Midhurst, UK: Middleton Press. p. 64. ISBN 1 873793 80 4. 
  10. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1996). East London Line. Midhurst, UK: Middleton Press. p. 65. ISBN 1 873793 80 4. 
  11. ^ Table 178, 200, 203 & 204 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  12. ^ New Cross bus map Transport for London Retrieved 2013-02-10
  13. ^ Middlemass, Tom (1995). Stroudley and his Terriers. York: Pendragon. p. 79. ISBN 1-899816-00-3. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Bridge   Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
Hayes Line
Dartford Loop Line
Bexleyheath Line
  St Johns
Cannon Street - Tunbridge Wells
(Monday-Saturday off peak trains)
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East London Line
New Cross Branch
  Former services  
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towards Hammersmith
Metropolitan line
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