South Croydon railway station
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|Local authority||London Borough of Croydon|
|Number of platforms||5 (2 in use; 3 at peak times)|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 September 1865||Opened|
|London transport portal|
South Croydon railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, in Travelcard Zone 5. It is on the Brighton Line at its junction with the Oxted Line, 11 miles 21 chains (18.1 km) measured from London Bridge.
Originally South Croydon was a terminus next to the through lines of the Brighton Line but without any platforms on them, the end of a 1 mile (1.6 km) extension of the local lines from New Croydon, opened by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway on 1 September 1865. The aim was to provide more space for reversing local trains than could be afforded at busy New Croydon. The rapid growth of the town in this area may also have been a factor.
In 1894 the railway obtained authority to extend the local lines to Coulsdon, where they connected with the new Quarry line. The station was rebuilt as a through station with platform faces on all lines prior to the opening of the line in November 1899.
In 1947 a train crash about 550 yards (500 m) south of the station killed 32 people, the worst accident in the history of the Southern Railway.
South Croydon has five platforms connected by a narrow subway.
Platform 4 is used by services that do not call, heading southbound, except some peak time services in both directions.
Platform 5 is used by down trains to Caterham and other destinations.
Ticket gates became operational in April 2009.
- 2 tph to London Bridge (fast from East Croydon)
- 2 tph to London Bridge via Forest Hill (all stations)
- 2 tph to Coulsdon Town
- 2 tph to Caterham and Tattenham Corner, dividing and attaching at Purley
During the peak hours, additional services between London Victoria and East Grinstead (which usually pass through South Croydon) also call at the station. Additional Thameslink services between Bedford and East Grinstead also call during the peak periods.
On Sundays, the service is reduced to 2 tph and runs between Caterham/Tattenham Corner and London Bridge via Forest Hill.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Peak Hours Only
Bedford to East Grinstead
Peak Hours Only
London Buses route 64, 403, 412, 433 and 455 serve the station.
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