Reedham (Surrey) railway station
Location of Reedham (Surrey) in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Croydon|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||South Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||South Eastern and Chatham Railway|
|1 March 1911||Opened (Reedham Halt)|
|5 July 1936||Renamed (Reedham)|
|12 May 1980||Renamed (Reedham (Surrey))|
|1982||Platforms lengthened to 8 cars|
|Lists of stations|
Reedham railway station is a railway station in the south of Purley in the London Borough of Croydon on the Tattenham Corner Line. The local area is residential and the station is near the A23 Brighton Road. The Brighton main line is adjacent, but is not served by this station.
The station was opened by the South Eastern and Chatham Railway on its branch line to Tattenham Corner as Reedham Halt on 1 March 1911. Situated 49 chains (990 m) from Purley railway station, it was built with 300-foot (91 m) long platforms and adjoined an overbridge crossing Old Lodge Lane in Purley. It took its name from the nearby Reedham Asylum for Fatherless Children, founded in Richmond by philanthropist Andrew Reed in 1844. The asylum was renamed Reedham Orphanage in 1904 and Reedham School in 1950. It closed in 1980, but the trust which ran it still occupies the original lodge (gatehouse) of the estate.
After a period of temporary wartime closure between 1917 and 1919, the halt became a station on 5 July 1936. On 12 May 1980, the suffix "Surrey" was added to the station's name to distinguish it from Reedham (Norfolk). Some timetables used to refer to the station as "Reedham (GLC)". Having first been lengthened in advance of electrification of the line in 1928, the platforms were again extended in 1982 to take eight-car trains in the days when a train had both a driver and a guard. However nowadays, due to lack of station CCTV to assist the driver to close the doors safely, trains without train-mounted external cameras are only permitted to open the doors on the first four carriages.
Trains serve the station every 30 minutes off-peak (more frequently at peak times) and weekends in each direction. London-bound trains now run to/from London Bridge via Norwood Junction during the day Mon-Fri (and all day Saturdays & Sundays), with direct services to London Victoria only in weekday peak periods & evenings.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Tattenham Corner Line
West London Line
From 2018 as part of the Thameslink Programme it is proposed that services are extended beyond London Bridge through central London (calling at London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and London St Pancras) to Cambridge. 
London Buses route 455 serve the station.
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- Former Children's Homes. "Reedham Orphanage". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
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- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 181
- Proposed Thameslink service pattern
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