Purley Oaks railway station

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Purley Oaks National Rail
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West side view of the station
Purley Oaks is located in Greater London
Purley Oaks
Purley Oaks
Location of Purley Oaks in Greater London
Location Sanderstead
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Managed by Southern
Station code PUO
DfT category D
Number of platforms 4 (2 in use)
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 0.601 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.607 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 0.641 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 0.651 million[1]
2015–16 Decrease 0.645 million[1]
Key dates
5 November 1899 Opened
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WGS84 51°20′49″N 0°05′55″W / 51.3469°N 0.0987°W / 51.3469; -0.0987Coordinates: 51°20′49″N 0°05′55″W / 51.3469°N 0.0987°W / 51.3469; -0.0987
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Purley Oaks railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, on the Brighton Main Line between Croydon and Redhill. 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 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 is no 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, London Bridge, East Grinstead and Uckfield.


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.

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.

The typical off-peak train service per hour is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
South Croydon   Southern
Brighton Main Line


  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.

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