Salfords railway station

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Salfords National Rail
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Salfords is located in Surrey
Location of Salfords in Surrey
Local authorityReigate and Banstead
Grid referenceTQ285462
Managed bySouthern
Station codeSAF
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
AccessibleYes, Northbound only[1]
Fare zoneD
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Decrease 0.131 million[2]
2015–16Increase 0.132 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 0.125 million[2]
2017–18Increase 0.137 million[2]
2018–19Increase 0.152 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Pre-groupingLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
8 October 1915Station opened as Salfords Halt
1 January 1935Renamed Salfords
Other information
External links
WGS8451°12′07″N 0°09′43″W / 51.202°N 0.162°W / 51.202; -0.162Coordinates: 51°12′07″N 0°09′43″W / 51.202°N 0.162°W / 51.202; -0.162
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Salfords railway station serves the village of Salfords in Surrey, England. The station is sometimes shown as Salfords (Surrey) in timetables to differentiate it from the two stations in Salford, Greater Manchester. It is on the Brighton Main Line, 23 miles 37 chains (37.8 km) down the line from London Bridge via Redhill and is managed by Southern. Train services are provided by Thameslink and Southern.

The station has four lines running through it: two slow lines with platforms and two express lines that have no platforms. The ticket office is open weekdays from 6:30 am to 10:30 am. There is an on-demand service announcement facility. A PERTIS machine is provided. Journey times are around 45 minutes to London, 25 to Croydon, 7 to Redhill and Gatwick Airport, 10 to Crawley and 20 to Horsham.


Salfords station was originally built in 1915 for workers at the Monotype Corporation, which had constructed a factory next to the railway line in 1899. From its opening on 8 October 1915[3] the train service was not advertised and sparse to meet the needs of Monotype Corporation staff. On 17 July 1932 the line was electrified on 750dc third rail and concurrently the station was served by a regular advertised train service. The station name, originally Salfords Halt, was simplified to Salfords on 1 January 1935.[3]

Day Aggregates made use of the open land beside the station to store and transport their loose stones for construction in the area for some time. The sidings used still exist, including a bay platform at the station and most of the machinery used to expel and fill the wagons that transported the stone at the site. Network Rail have a site at the back of platform 1, using it as a base for the continuing improvements to the Brighton main line, in between Selhurst traincare depot and the Three Bridges engineering depot.

On 14 January 2008, the station received a minor upgrade. This involved the replacing of the wooden huts with modern glass waiting areas and the installation of dynamic digital displays with information about the next train. Southeastern ceased to serve the station from December 2008.

A second PERTIS machine was installed at the entrance to the Horley-bound platform by 2008. Help points were installed in February 2011 to both platforms.

The PERTIS machine on platform one has been replaced in August 2011 by the installation of quick ticket machine on this platform to facilitate buying of tickets out of hours.

Since 20 May 2018 Salfords is served by the Thameslink service between Bedford and Gatwick Airport.


The typical service from the station during the day (Mondays to Saturdays) is two trains per hour to Bedford which stops at local stations to East Croydon, Norwood Junction, London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras, St Albans and all stations to Bedford, and two trains per hour to Gatwick Airport. There are services to London Victoria at peak times stopping at local stations to East Croydon then Clapham Junction before arriving at Victoria. There are also services to and from Littlehampton and Eastbourne in the morning and evening rush hours.

The Sunday service is one train an hour in each direction, to London Bridge and to Horsham.[4]

Although the station is outside Greater London, Oyster cards can be used.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Earlswood   Thameslink
Brighton Main Line


  1. ^ "Salfords (Surrey) (SAF)". National Rail Enquiries. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 204. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ Thameslink and Southern timetable changes from 13 December 2015 Archived 23 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine : Thameslink]

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