Norbury railway station

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Norbury National Rail
Norbury is located in Greater London
Location of Norbury in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codeNRB
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4 (2 of which are rarely used)
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 3.483 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 3.401 million[2]
2018–19Increase 3.496 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 3.289 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 1.043 million[2]
Key dates
January 1878Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°24′41″N 0°07′17″W / 51.4114°N 0.1214°W / 51.4114; -0.1214Coordinates: 51°24′41″N 0°07′17″W / 51.4114°N 0.1214°W / 51.4114; -0.1214
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Norbury railway station is a National Rail station in the Norbury area of the London Borough of Croydon in south London. It is on the Brighton Main Line, 7 miles 36 chains (12.0 km) down the line from London Victoria.[3] The station is operated by Southern, which also provides the majority of services (the only exceptions being two early morning departures operated by Thameslink[4]) and is in Travelcard Zone 3. Ticket barriers are in operation at this station.


The Balham Hill and East Croydon line was constructed by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) as a short-cut on the Brighton Main Line to London Victoria, avoiding Crystal Palace and Norwood Junction. It was opened on 1 December 1862.[5] However, Norbury station was not opened until January 1878, for the surrounding area was very rural.[6] The station was rebuilt in 1903 when the lines were quadrupled.[7] In 1925 the lines were electrified.[8]

Ticket gates were installed in 2009.

A nearby Victorian race track, dating from 1868, was situated in fields forming part of Lonesome Farm, which later became the sports ground of the National Westminster Bank (NatWest). The course, which included a water jump across the River Graveney, hosted the 'Streatham Races'. Race meetings attracted huge crowds of racegoers, bookies and other notorious characters, who flocked to the course by train. This exciting but disreputable period of history came to an end in 1879 when the Racecourse Licensing Act banned racecourses within a radius of 10 miles (16 km) of London.[9][10]


The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:[11]


London Buses routes 50, 109 and 255 and night route N109 all serve Norbury station.[12]


  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 "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1989). PSL field guide to the railways of Southern Region. Wellingborough, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 171. ISBN 1-85260-297-X.
  4. ^ FCC. "First Capital Connect Timetable - Table 3 - Sutton and Wimbledon to London" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Vol. 2: Establishment and Growth. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. pp. 126–128.
  6. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Vol. 3: Completion and Maturity. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1. pp. 144–148.
  7. ^ Howard Turner (1979), p. 149.
  8. ^ G.T. Moody, Southern Electric
  9. ^ "Streatham Racecourse". Greyhound Derby. John Slusar. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  10. ^ "History of the Association". The Streatham Vale Property Owners Association. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  11. ^ (Timetable Nos. 170, 173 and 176, May 2018)
  12. ^ National Rail. "Norbury Station - Zone 3: Onward Travel Information" (PDF). Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Streatham Common   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Thornton Heath
London Bridge to Caterham