Shortlands railway station

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Shortlands National Rail
Shortlands railway station, Greater London.jpg
Shortlands is located in Greater London
Location of Shortlands in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Bromley
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeSRT
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms4
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 1.652 million[1]
2015–16Steady 1.652 million[1]
2016–17Decrease 1.633 million[1]
– interchange  4,601[1]
2017–18Decrease 1.599 million[1]
– interchange Increase 12,989[1]
2018–19Decrease 1.573 million[1]
– interchange Increase 23,033[1]
Key dates
3 May 1858Opened as Bromley
1 July 1858renamed Shortlands
1892 - 1894Quadrupled
Other information
External links
WGS8451°24′23″N 0°00′05″E / 51.4064°N 0.0013°E / 51.4064; 0.0013Coordinates: 51°24′23″N 0°00′05″E / 51.4064°N 0.0013°E / 51.4064; 0.0013
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Shortlands railway station is in Shortlands, in the London Borough of Bromley in south London. It serves the southwest part of Bromley, and is 10 mileschains (16.2 km) down the line from London Victoria.

The station is located on the A222 road. It was originally opened by the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway on 3 May 1858.[2] Shortlands Junction, just west of the station, is where the Catford Loop Line joins the Chatham Main Line: the two lines are now split into slow and fast pairs through the station, which consists of two island platforms on an embankment. The station was enlarged and rebuilt to its present form in 1892-94.[3]

Shortlands Junction was remodelled in the 1950s to allow line speeds to be increased, and was remodelled again with the construction of Ravensbourne chord (a dive-under pair of lines) in 2002 to increase the capacity of the junction, as part of the work to enhance the existing network in conjunction with the opening of the first section of High Speed 1, the high-speed link to the Channel Tunnel.[4][5][6] Construction of the chord line might not have been justified with the current level of traffic (now that Eurostar trains no longer use the route through Shortlands to and from Waterloo).[citation needed]

The station is in Travelcard Zone 4, and the station is managed by Southeastern and trains are operated by Southeastern and Thameslink.


Trains at Shortlands are operated by Southeastern and Thameslink. The May 2018 Monday to Saturday off-peak service in trains per hour is:



Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ravensbourne   Thameslink
Catford Loop Line
  Bromley South
Beckenham Junction   Southeastern
Bromley South Line


London Buses routes 227, 358 and 367 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "History of Shortlands".
  3. ^ "The Railways of Beckenham", Andrew Hajducki, 2011[page needed]
  4. ^ "APPLICATIONS FOR THE PROPOSED RAILTRACK (SHORTLANDS JUNCTION) ORDER AND DEEMED PLANNING PERMISSION" (PDF). DTLR (now DfT). 22 June 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Shortlands Junction". Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Shortlands". Local Authorities' Rail Impact Forum. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2011.

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