South Croydon railway station

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South Croydon National Rail
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South Croydon is located in Greater London
South Croydon
South Croydon
Location of South Croydon in Greater London
LocationSouth Croydon
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codeSCY
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms5 (2 in use; 3 at peak times)
Fare zone5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 1.132 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 1.108 million[1]
2018–19Increase 1.169 million[1]
2019–20Increase 1.225 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.338 million[1]
Key dates
1 September 1865Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°21′46.4″N 0°5′37.2″W / 51.362889°N 0.093667°W / 51.362889; -0.093667Coordinates: 51°21′46.4″N 0°5′37.2″W / 51.362889°N 0.093667°W / 51.362889; -0.093667
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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.[2]

The station is managed by Southern, and the station is served by both Southern and Thameslink services.


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.[3]

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.[4]

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.

On 1 August 2011, a landslide caused by a burst water main occurred approximately 200 yards (180 m) north of the station, blocking the railway for 24 hours.[5][6]

Station platforms


South Croydon has five platforms connected by a narrow subway.

Platforms 1 and 2 are rarely used as fast Southern services from London Victoria to Brighton, Thameslink services and Gatwick Express, and these services do not call.

Platform 3 is used by up trains to London Bridge and London Victoria.

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.


Off-peak, all services at South Croydon are operated by Southern using Class 377 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[7]

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 hours.

On Sundays, the service to London Bridge calls at all stations via Forest Hill.

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London Buses route 455 serves the station.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 14C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  3. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. p. 242. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8.
  4. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. pp. 114–5. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1.
  5. ^ "Gatwick Airport passengers hit by railway line flood". London: BBC News. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Gatwick Airport rail disruption continues after flooding". London: BBC News. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  7. ^ Table 181 National Rail timetable, May 2022

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