Sydenham railway station (London)
|Local authority||London Borough of Lewisham|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|5 June 1839||Opened by the London and Croydon Railway|
|1844||Croydon platform re-sited|
|1982||London platform re-sited|
|23 May 2010||East London Line started|
|London transport portal|
Sydenham (London) is a railway station in Sydenham in the London Borough of Lewisham, South London. Originally opened in 1839, the station is located on the former Croydon Canal, which is now a branch of the Brighton Main Line, often known as the Sydenham Corridor. Sydenham falls within Travelcard Zone 3 and is served by London Overground and Southern. The station is 6 miles 32 chains (10.30 km) down the line from London Bridge.
The Croydon Canal opened in 1809 linking the Grand Surrey Canal to Croydon, however the waterway was never successful, and in 1836, it was the first canal to be abandoned by an Act of Parliament. The alignment was purchased by the London and Croydon Railway, who drained the canal and re-opened as a railway on the 5 June 1839. In 1844, L&CR was given authority to test the first atmospheric railway equipment between Dartmouth Arms (now Forest Hill) and West Croydon. In 1846, the railway became part of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and in the following year, the system was abandoned. The station was originally built south of Sydenham Road (A212) however, due to the construction of the branch to Crystal Palace in 1852, platform 2 was resited to its current position. Platform 1 and its station building remained south of the road bridge, until 1982 when British Rail decided to construct a replacement platform 90 meters north, parallel to Peak Hill Gardens due to the retaining wall beginning to collapse.
The Big Four grouping led to Southern Railway (SR) management until nationalistation in 1948. Between 1948 and 1982 Sydenham was part of the Southern Region and following sectorisation, until privatisation, Sydenham became part of the Network SouthEast sector. Upon privatisation in May 1996, the station management passed to Connex South Central. Connex was stripped of the franchise due to poor financial management and in 2001, Govia South Central (Southern) took over the franchise and management of the station. Southern remained the sole train provider until 2010, when London Overground took over management of the station and began running trains as part of the East London Line extension.
Sydenham was the first station to serve the area, however, there are, or have been, five other stations in the Sydenham:
- Lower Sydenham on the Hayes Line
- Upper Sydenham on the now closed Crystal Palace (High Level) line
- Sydenham Hill, Penge East on the Victoria to Orpington line.
Like all intermediate stations between New Cross Gate and Norwood Junction, Sydenham has two platforms, facing two (up and down slow) of the four tracks with the two fast tracks run between the two slow lines. There are three entrances - the ticket office on platform 2 from Sydenham Station Approach, entrance on platform 1 from Peak Hill Gardens and a gate on platform 2 which is not unlocked regularly. A locally owned small cafe named On The Hoof which also has locations at other stations on the line, is in the main station building.
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
- 4 tph to London Bridge
- 2 tph to London Victoria via Crystal Palace
- 2 tph to Coulsdon Town via Purley
London Overground services at Sydenham are operated using Class 378 EMUs.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Brighton Main Line
|Preceding station||London Overground||Following station|
towards Highbury & Islington
|East London Line||
towards West Croydon
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- "Highbury & Islington to New Cross, Clapham, Crystal Palace and West Croydon Timetable" (PDF). London Overground, May 2020.
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