Purley railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Croydon|
|Managed by||GTR Southern|
|Number of platforms||6|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|– interchange||0.570 million|
|Original company||London & Brighton Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London, Brighton & South Coast Railway|
|12 July 1841||Opened as Godstone Road|
|1 October 1847||Closed|
|5 August 1856||Reopened as Caterham Junction|
|1 October 1888||Renamed Purley|
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Purley railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon on the Brighton Main Line, 13 miles 29 chains (21.50 km) measured from London Bridge (15 miles 13 chains (24.40 km) from Charing Cross), in Travelcard Zone 6. It is a junction, with branches to Caterham and Tattenham Corner.
Purley station has been known by three different names.
The station was opened by the London and Brighton Railway on 12 July 1841 as Godstone Road. Due to low passenger traffic, this was closed on 1 October 1847 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR), which had opened the new Stoat's Nest station 1 mile (1.6 km) away at Coulsdon.
In 1855 a proposal by a local company to connect the sandstone quarries at Caterham to the main line railway became embroiled in a long-running dispute between the LB&SCR and the rival South Eastern Railway (SER), which resulted in the reopening of the station. The proposed line was in the territory of the SER, and was to be operated by that company. It would have to join the railway system on a section of the LB&SCR, where the SER had running powers but no stations. The new railway had to sue the LB&SCR to force it to allow the junction with its line and to reopen the station. On 5 August 1856 the station reopened with the opening of the single track Caterham branch.
The station was renamed ‘’Purley’’ on 1 October 1888, and rebuilt between c. 1896 and 1899 during the widening of the main line between East Croydon and the beginning of the new Quarry Line at Coulsdon North in 1899. The SER built a line from Purley to Kingswood railway station, extended to Tattenham Corner railway station between 1897 and 1901. By the latter date it had become the South Eastern and Chatham Railway. The main station building facade reads 1899 as the year of construction.
Accidents and incidents
On 22 December 1894, a collision between a light engine and a passenger train injured six people.
On the night of Friday 5 July 2002 a fire occurred on the 23:15 service from Caterham to London Bridge. A rail attendant, Philip Cable, helped put out the fire, and suffered an asthma attack and collapsed. He died at Mayday Hospital in Croydon a few hours later. A charge of manslaughter was laid against Karl Lacey, who was aged 16 at the time of the fire, and had set fire to newspapers and cushions in the carriage. After being found guilty, he was sentenced to four years' youth custody.
Platform 1 and 2 are normally used only on early mornings and when engineering works dictate. At all other times, services on the Brighton Main Line run limited stop between East Croydon and Brighton: these trains, together with Gatwick Express and Thameslink services, pass through platforms 1 and 2. During 2008 a fence was erected to prevent access to Platform 2, for safety reasons. Gates at both end of this fence is opened by staff for the few trains that stop.
Platform 5 and 6 serve the branch lines to Tattenham Corner and Caterham. Both these platforms can be used by trains in either direction, though platform 5 is primarily northbound towards London and platform 6 is usually southbound.
This section needs to be updated.(May 2018)
The typical off-peak service (Monday to Saturday) from the station is::
- 2tph (train per hour) to London Victoria semi-fast service
- 4tph to London Bridge semi-fast service
- 2tph to Bedford (Thameslink)
- 2tph to London Bridge via Selhurst and Peckham Rye
- 2tph to London Bridge via Norwood Junction and Forest Hill
- 4tph to Redhill
- 4tph to Caterham
- 4tph to Coulsdon Town
- 2tph to Tattenham Corner
- 2tph to Gatwick Airport (Thameslink)
- 2tph to Reigate
There are also a few direct trains to Eastbourne, Hastings, Ore, and Horsham on early weekday mornings.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Tattenham Corner Line
Brighton Main Line
London Victoria to Reigate
(via Redhill and East Croydon)
|Purley Oaks||British Rail Southern Region
Brighton Main Line
Several London Buses routes serve the station.
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