Sutton (Surrey) railway station

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Sutton National Rail
Sutton, Surrey, London - main station.JPG
Sutton station at the end of Sutton High Street
Sutton is located in Greater London
Location of Sutton in Greater London
Location Sutton
Local authority London Borough of Sutton
Managed by Southern
Station code SUO
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 6.065 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 6.353 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 6.607 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 6.779 million[2]
– interchange  0.644 million[2]
2015–16 Increase 7.111 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 0.649 million[2]
Key dates
1847 Opened (LB&SCR)
1865 Start (Epsom Downs line)
1868 Start (Mitcham Junction line)
1930 Start (Wimbledon line)
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°21′36″N 0°11′25″W / 51.3601°N 0.1903°W / 51.3601; -0.1903Coordinates: 51°21′36″N 0°11′25″W / 51.3601°N 0.1903°W / 51.3601; -0.1903
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Sutton railway station is in the London Borough of Sutton in south London. It is the main station for Sutton town. It is served by Southern and Thameslink trains, and lies in Travelcard Zone 5.[3]


The former Sutton station in a 1905 postcard
The present day Sutton station
Taxi outside the station by night

Sutton station was opened by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) on 10 May 1847, when the railway opened its line from West Croydon to Epsom. A branch to Epsom Downs was opened on 22 May 1865, followed by a line to Mitcham Junction on 1 October 1868. The final change to the station came when the branch to Wimbledon opened on 5 January 1930.

Until the early 1980s, it was possible to catch a direct express train to the coast from here to Bognor Regis, Chichester or Portsmouth. This service, until its withdrawal, also gave Sutton its fastest ever journey time to London Victoria, of 17 minutes.[citation needed] Since the mid-1980s, these express services have been routed via East Croydon in order to serve Gatwick Airport; passengers from Sutton for the south coast now have to change at Horsham, or alternatively travel to West Croydon station and walk, take the bus or use Croydon's Tramlink service to reach East Croydon station.

Today, travel to London Victoria takes just over 25 minutes on the direct route via Hackbridge.


The four platforms at Sutton station are numbered 1 to 4 from north to south. Platforms 1 and 2 are on the lines to Wimbledon, Epsom, Leatherhead, Dorking, and Horsham. Platforms 3 and 4 are on the Epsom Downs Line, which becomes single-track about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south of the station. Platforms 1 and 3 are used by services from outer termini to Central London. Trains from Central London use platforms 2 and 4. Terminating trains which return to central London generally use platform 4.

Platforms 1 and 2 can accommodate 12-coach trains, and were used by the express services to Bognor Regis and Portsmouth until they were diverted in the early 1980s to serve Gatwick Airport. Nowadays all trains calling at Sutton are formed of ten coaches or fewer. At the London end of platform 1 there are the remains of a fifth platform, which was a bay for local services via Mitcham Junction.

Two waiting rooms serve the station. One has its own cafe; the other has a Starbucks kiosk adjacent to it. An M&S Food to Go shop sits adjacent to the concourse within the station building.[4]

Three lifts serve all platforms - one each for platforms one, two/three and four.

The installation of a side entrance serving the Quadrant was completed in summer 2014.

Wimbledon branch[edit]

Parliamentary approval for a line from Wimbledon to Sutton had been obtained by the Wimbledon and Sutton Railway (W&SR) in 1910, but work had been delayed by the First World War.[5] From the W&SR's inception, the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR) was a shareholder of the company and had rights to run trains over the line when built. In the 1920s, the London Electric Railway (LER, precursor of London Underground) planned, through its ownership of the MDR, to use part of the route for an extension of the City and South London Railway (C&SLR, now the Northern line) to Sutton.[5] The SR objected and an agreement was reached that enabled the C&SLR to extend as far as Morden in exchange for the LER giving up its rights over the W&SR route. The SR subsequently built the line, one of the last to be built in the London area. The line opened on 5 January 1930 when full services on the line were extended from South Merton.[5]


All services at Sutton are operated by Govia Thameslink Railway, under the Southern and Thameslink brands.

The typical off-peak service from the station is:[6]

  • 10tph (trains per hour) to London Victoria
  • 2tph to St Albans via Mitcham Junction
  • 3tph to Epsom
  • 1tph to Epsom Downs
  • 2tph to Luton via Wimbledon
  • 2tph to Dorking, of which one continues to Horsham - One of these services does not stop at Ewell East. Often this is the Horsham service or the Fast Service from Victoria.

On a Sunday the service from this station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Carshalton or Clapham Junction   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
Carshalton Beeches     Belmont
Mondays-Saturdays only:
Terminates at Sutton on Sundays
Carshalton Beeches   Southern
London Victoria to Sutton via
Crystal Palace or Norbury
Carshalton   Thameslink
  West Sutton
Sutton Loop Line
Limited Service
  Abandoned Plans  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Terminus District line
towards Barking or Edgware Road
Northern line
towards Edgware or Highgate


London Buses routes 80, 164, 280, 470, S1, S3 and S4, night route N44 and non-TFL route 420 serve the station.


  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "London's Rail & Tube services" (PDF). Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  4. ^ National Rail
  5. ^ a b c Jackson, Alan A. (December 1966). "The Wimbledon & Sutton Railway – A late arrival on the South London suburban scene" (PDF). The Railway Magazine: 675–680. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  6. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Tables 52, 173 & 180 (Network Rail)

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