Purley Oaks railway station

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Purley Oaks National Rail
Purley Oaks stn western entrance.JPG
West side view of the station
Purley Oaks is located in Greater London
Purley Oaks
Purley Oaks
Location of Purley Oaks in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codePUO
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms4 (2 in use)
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 0.609 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 0.587 million[1]
2018–19Increase 0.634 million[1]
2019–20Increase 0.641 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.130 million[1]
Key dates
5 November 1899Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°20′49″N 0°05′56″W / 51.347°N 0.099°W / 51.347; -0.099Coordinates: 51°20′49″N 0°05′56″W / 51.347°N 0.099°W / 51.347; -0.099
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Purley Oaks railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, on the Brighton Main Line 12 miles 34 chains (20.0 km) measured from London Bridge.[2] All trains serving it are operated by Southern and it is in London Travelcard Zone 6. The station has four platforms: a disused side platform on the up fast line, an island platform with a disused face on the down fast line and an eastern face used by up trains, and a side platform on the eastern side used by down trains. The two platforms are only used during engineering works. There is also a pay-and-display car park at the station.

The ticket office (staffed for part of the day) is on the island platform with two self-service ticket machines in the subway beneath the station. There used to be a self-service PERTIS (permit to travel) ticket machine.

A short walk away from Purley Oaks is Sanderstead railway station, also in Zone 6, with services to Victoria and East Grinstead.


The station was opened by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway on 5 November 1899 as part of the improvements to the main line and the opening of the Quarry Line.

Until 1983: Platform 1 served up trains to London Victoria from Coulsdon North, calling at South and East Croydon and stations to Victoria); Platform 2 down trains from Victoria to Purley and Coulsdon North; Platform 3 up trains to London Bridge and Charing Cross from Caterham/Tattenham Corner, calling at South and East Croydon, New Cross Gate, London Bridge and Waterloo East; Platform 4 down trains from Charing Cross to Purley, the front portion all stations to Caterham, the rear portion all stations to Tattenham Corner.

Platform 1 was gutted by fire in 1989, destroying Croydon Model Railway Society's clubrooms.[3]

On Saturday 4 March 1989, it was affected by the Purley station rail crash.

Southbound train calls at platform
Station platforms looking north - fast lines on far left


A 1905 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Purley Oaks.

All services at Purley Oaks are operated by Southern using Class 377 and Class 455 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[4][5]

On Sundays, the service is reduced to 2 tph and runs between Caterham/Tattenham Corner and London Bridge via Forest Hill.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station


  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. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 14C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  3. ^ "Croydon Model Rail Society: About Us". Croydon Model Rail Society. Archived from the original on 3 August 2020. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Timetable 31: Tattenham Corner and Coulsdon to London" (PDF). Southern, December 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 October 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Timetable 32: Caterham to London" (PDF). Southern, December 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 October 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.

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