Reedham railway station (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 as Reedham Halt|
|1 January 1917||Closed|
|1 January 1919||Reopened|
|5 July 1936||Renamed Reedham|
|12 May 1980||Renamed Reedham (Surrey)|
|London transport portal|
Reedham railway station is 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. It is 15 miles 65 chains (25.4 km) measured from London Charing Cross. The Brighton main line is adjacent, but is not served by this station.
Although occasionally referred to as Reedham (London), it is most commonly suffixed as Reedham (Surrey) in order to distinguish it from the station of the same name in Norfolk. Its three-letter station code is RHM.
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.
A new passenger footbridge was installed in late 2013, removing the existing disabled access; the platforms were also resurfaced. A request for full disabled access was made to Network Rail and declined in 2014.
It has Croydon's lowest passenger count in 2016 and it was the scene of a fatality in 2017. The council car park at Reedham was used as Network Rail's base to replace one of the rail bridges adjacent to the station over Christmas 2016.
The telecommunications mast adjacent to the station was increased in size again in 2017 to 25m from 22.5m inline with the planning permission granted in 2016.
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 and evenings.
Starting early 2018, due to the completion of the Thameslink Programme service frequency and train size will increase mostly 10 carriages. Off peak and peak services will run continually every 15 minutes throughout the day.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Tattenham Corner Line
It was initially proposed that from 2018, when the Thameslink Programme is completed, services on this line would be operated with larger 12 car trains offering all day direct services to Cambridge via London Blackfriars. However, in September 2016, these proposals have been dropped; instead, services on the Tattenham Corner Line are to "remain as Southern South London Metro services with increased capacity as compared to today".
The new May 2018 timetable is available showing a 50% increase in train services, resulting in 2 - 5 trains per hour in both directions. 
London Buses route 455 serves the station.
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- Former Children's Homes. "Reedham Orphanage". Retrieved 6 March 2014.
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- Proposed Thameslink services from 2018
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