Selhurst railway station

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Selhurst National Rail
Selhurst is located in Greater London
Location of Selhurst in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed byGTR Southern
Station codeSRS
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms4
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 1.535 million[1]
2017–18Increase 1.556 million[1]
– interchange Increase 750[1]
2018–19Decrease 1.533 million[1]
– interchange Increase 2,956[1]
2019–20Decrease 1.415 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 2,482[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.455 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 1,235[1]
Key dates
1 May 1865Opened[2]
Other information
External links
WGS8451°23′32″N 0°05′18″W / 51.3921°N 0.0883°W / 51.3921; -0.0883Coordinates: 51°23′32″N 0°05′18″W / 51.3921°N 0.0883°W / 51.3921; -0.0883
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Selhurst railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, 9 miles 31 chains (15.1 km) along the line from London Victoria.[3][4] It is operated by Southern, which also provides almost all the train services. The station is in Travelcard Zone 4.


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the Brighton Main Line between South Croydon and Selhurst / Forest Hill, as well as surrounding lines

The Balham Hill and East Croydon line was constructed by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) as a short-cut on the Brighton Main Line to London Victoria, avoiding Crystal Palace and Norwood Junction. It was opened on 1 December 1862.[5] However, Selhurst station was not opened until 1 May 1865.[6]

The lines were quadrupled in 1903.[7] In 1912, the lines were electrified via Norwood Junction to provide access for the carriage sheds and repair depot for the LB&SCR railway electrification scheme.[8] In 1925, the lines from Victoria via Norbury were electrified.


Selhurst station platforms in 2008

All services are operated by Southern. Most trains go to/from Victoria, with some going to/from London Bridge and Kensington Olympia.

The typical off-peak train service (before May 2020) per hour is:[9]

The typical service (after February 2022) per hour is:

  • 2tph to London Victoria via Norbury
  • 2tph to London Bridge via Tulse Hill
  • 2tph to Epsom Downs via Sutton
  • 2tph to Caterham via East Croydon

There are 6 morning services that run fast to Clapham Junction & London Victoria, and 3 in the evening peak to East Grinstead. In peak times, the service to London Victoria via Norbury increases to 4tph, and 4tph go to Sutton.

Additional services to/from Milton Keynes Central and London Bridge also start/terminate here. Whenever a Caterham/London Bridge service is cancelled, a train to Reigate/London Victoria respectively stop at the fast platforms.

Electronic ticket barriers were installed at the station in spring 2010.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Thornton Heath or Clapham Junction   Southern
Brighton Main Line and West London Route
  East Croydon
Thornton Heath   Southern
Sutton and Mole Valley lines
  West Croydon
Thornton Heath or Streatham Common   Southern
London Bridge to Caterham
  East Croydon or Terminus


London Buses routes 75 and 157 serve the station.

Selhurst Railway Depot[edit]

Selhurst Depot main entrance just opposite Selhurst station

Selhurst Depot[10][11] is located to the east of Selhurst station, and occupies a triangle of land bordered on one side by the Victoria lines and on another by the London Bridge lines. It was built on the site of the former Croydon Common Athletic Ground, where Crystal Palace F.C. played Football League matches between 1920 and 1924.

The depot is operated by the Southern train operating company, and units serviced there include classes 171, 377, 455, 313, 387 plus numerous departmental units and a Class 09 shunter.

Within the main office building is located Selhurst traincrew depot, where many drivers and conductors are based. The depot has extensive stabling sidings, the three main groups of which are known as: Chalk, AC (which were so named because that was where the trains of the former AC system were stabled) and North. There is a large maintenance shed, an AC test rig (for dual voltage units equipped with pantographs), a train wash plant, and a cleaning shed. At the north-east corner of the site, near Norwood Junction station, is the smaller Norwood drivers' depot, and beside it the diesel fuelling point. Selhurst is unusual in that the maximum speed within the depot is 15 mph rather than the usual 5 mph, and signalled train movements are permissive.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Croydon's Transport ISBN 0-906047-17-X
  3. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1989). PSL field guide to the railways of Southern Region. Wellingborough, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 171. ISBN 1-85260-297-X.
  4. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon, UK: Trackmaps. map 14C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  5. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Vol. 2: Establishment and Growth. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. p. 126-128.
  6. ^ Turner, J.T. Howard (1978) p. 250.
  7. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Vol. 3: Completion and Maturity. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1. p. 144-148.
  8. ^ Turner, J.T. Howard (1979) p. 177-178.
  9. ^ (Timetable Nos. 170, 173 and 176, May 2018)
  10. ^ Network Rail (3 September 2016). Kent Sussex Wessex Sectional Appendix LOR SO510 Seq 007. Vol. Module KSW1. p. 206.
  11. ^ Quail Maps. Map#5 - Southern & TFL. Vol. [page 14c] Feb 1998 (Retrieved 2017-09-23).


Platform 1 is used for Southbound trains towards East Croydon, Caterham, West Croydon, Sutton and Epsom Downs as well as terminating trains. It is long enough for 10 coaches.

Platform 2 is used for Northbound trains towards London Victoria, London Bridge, and Milton Keynes Central. This platform is also used for trains coming out of the depot going towards the mentioned stations. It is long enough for 10 coaches.

Platform 3 is used for non-stopping Brighton Main Line trains to pass through. It is separated from Platform 2 by fences in the middle, and is opened whenever a train occasionally does stop here. This usually occurs at 5am when 2 trains are timetabled to stop, as well as special events happening at Crystal Palace Football Ground 10 minutes away. It is long enough for 8 coaches.

Platform 4 is used for non-stopping Brighton Main Line trains bound for London Victoria to pass through. It is blocked off by a barrocade in the subway that connects Platform 1 and 2 and is opened once again when there are special events or when a train is timetabled to stop. It is long enough for 8 coaches.

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