Reedham (Surrey) railway station

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Reedham (Surrey) National Rail
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Reedham (Surrey) is located in Greater London
Reedham (Surrey)
Reedham (Surrey)
Location of Reedham (Surrey) in Greater London
Location Purley
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Grid reference TQ309606
Managed by Southern
Station code RHM
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 0.267 million[1]
2012–13 Decrease 0.265 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 0.281 million[1]
2014–15 Decrease 0.276 million[1]
2015–16 Decrease 0.249 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company South Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Key dates
1 March 1911 Opened (Reedham Halt)
1 January 1917 closed
1 January 1919 reopened
5 July 1936 Renamed (Reedham)
12 May 1980 Renamed (Reedham (Surrey))
1982 Platforms lengthened to 8 cars
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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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.

Although occasionally referred to as Reedham (London),[2] it is more commonly and officially known as Reedham (Surrey)[3] to distinguish it from Reedham railway station in Norfolk.


A 1905 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Reedham railway 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.[4][5][6][7] 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.[8] It took its name from the nearby Reedham Asylum for Fatherless Children,[8][9] founded in Richmond by philanthropist Andrew Reed in 1844.[10] The asylum was renamed Reedham Orphanage in 1904 and Reedham School in 1950.[citation needed] It closed in 1980, but the trust which ran it still occupies the original lodge (gatehouse) of the estate.[10]

After a period of temporary wartime closure between 1917 and 1919,[5][6][11][7] the halt became a station on 5 July 1936.[5][6][11][12] On 12 May 1980, the suffix "Surrey" was added to the station's name to distinguish it from Reedham (Norfolk).[6] Some timetables used to refer to the station as "Reedham (GLC)".[12] Having first been lengthened in advance of electrification of the line in 1928,[13] the platforms were again extended in 1982 to take eight-car trains[12] in the days when a train had both a driver and a guard.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

A new passenger footbridge was installed in late 2013, removing the existing disabled access;[14] the platforms were also resurfaced.[15]


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.[16]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Purley   Southern
Tattenham Corner Line
  Coulsdon Town

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.[17] 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".[18]


London Buses route 455 serve the station.



  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "Trains to Reedham (London)". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  3. ^ National Rail Enquiries. "Reedham (Surrey) (RHM)". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  4. ^ Kidner (1985), p. 52.
  5. ^ a b c Butt (1995), p. 196.
  6. ^ a b c d Quick (2009), p. 328.
  7. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith (1994), fig. 56.
  8. ^ a b Owen (1978), p. 7.
  9. ^ Mitchell & Smith (1994), fig. 57.
  10. ^ a b Former Children's Homes. "Reedham Orphanage". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  11. ^ a b Clinker (1988), note 2263.
  12. ^ a b c Mitchell & Smith (1994), fig. 59.
  13. ^ Owen (1978), p. 12.
  14. ^ Keate, Georgie (1 January 2014). "Disabled access removed in Reedham train station 'upgrade'". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  15. ^ Walker Construction. "Contracts List 2013". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  16. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 181
  17. ^ Proposed Thameslink services from 2018
  18. ^ Timetable consultation : Thameslink and Great Northern


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Clinker, C.R. (1988) [1978]. Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830–1980 (2nd ed.). Bristol: Avon-Anglia Publications & Services. ISBN 978-0-905466-91-0. OCLC 655703233. 

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