Sydenham (London) railway station

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Sydenham (London) London Overground National Rail
Sydenham station main building June 2010.JPG
Sydenham (London) is located in Greater London
Sydenham (London)
Sydenham (London)
Location of Sydenham (London) in Greater London
Location Sydenham
Local authority London Borough of Lewisham
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code SYD
DfT category D
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 Increase 2.582 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 2.993 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 3.191 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 3.296 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 3.400 million[2]
Key dates
5 June 1839 Opened by the London and Croydon Railway
1844 London platform re-sited
1852 Croydon platform moved
??? Station building moved
23 May 2010 East London Line started [3]
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°25′31″N 0°03′16″W / 51.4254°N 0.0544°W / 51.4254; -0.0544Coordinates: 51°25′31″N 0°03′16″W / 51.4254°N 0.0544°W / 51.4254; -0.0544

Sydenham (London) railway station a National Rail station in the south London Borough of Lewisham and is in Travelcard Zone 3. Sydenham is served by London Overground's East London Line and Southern Metro services. The station is known as Sydenham (London)[4] to distinguish it from Sydenham railway station, Belfast and is on a part of the Brighton Main Line which is often known as the Sydenham Corridor.

Sydenham is 6 route miles (9.6 km) from London Bridge, 9.7 route miles (15.6 km) from London Victoria and 10.5 route miles (16.8 km) from Highbury & Islington. Opened in June 1839 on a route which was originally the Croydon Canal, it is slightly to the north of Sydenham junction, where the Crystal Palace line branches from the main line.


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the Brighton Main Line between South Croydon and Selhurst / Forest Hill, as well as surrounding lines

Sydenham station is on the site of the former Croydon Canal which was purchased and drained by the London and Croydon Railway and re-opened as a railway on 5 June 1839. Around 1844 the 'Up' (London bound) platform was re-sited during the installation of the Atmospheric railway equipment used by the railway.[5] The railway became a part of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway in July 1846 and the following year 'Atmospheric' working was abandoned.

The 'Down' (Croydon bound) platform had to be moved to the north of the road bridge in 1852 as a result of the construction of the branch line to Crystal Palace railway station.[6] The 'up'(London bound) platform had also to be moved north of the road bridge in the 1980s.

Before May 2010, Southern was the only TOC serving the station with 6 trains per hour during off peak periods. However, when the London Overground's East London Line opened this changed with Southern reducing its services into London Bridge to 4 trains per hour by withdrawing trains to Sutton, supplemented by an additional 8 trains operated by London Overground - giving the current total of 12 trains per hour.

There are, or have been, five other stations in the Sydenham area:

Station layout[edit]

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 isn't 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.


Sydenham is served by 8 trains in each direction off peak, with additional Southern services at peak hours. London Overground operates 4-5 car trains while Southern operates 4-10 car trains throughout the day.

Off Peak frequencies are:

Platform Frequency
(per hour)
Destination Service Pattern Operator Line
1 4 Highbury & Islington All stations via
Shoreditch High Street[7]
London Overground Tube roundel East London
Dalston Junction London Overground Tube roundel East London
London Bridge All stations[8] Southern Metro
2 4 Crystal Palace Next station[7] London Overground Tube roundel East London
West Croydon All stations[7] London Overground Tube roundel East London
2 London Victoria
All stations via Clapham Junction[8] Southern Metro
Caterham (Mon-Sat) All stations via East Croydon[8] Southern Metro
West Croydon
(Peaks & Sun only)
Fast to Norwood Junction[8] Southern Metro
Tattenham Corner
(Sun only)
All stations via East Croydon[8] Southern Metro


London Buses routes 122, 176, 197, 202 and 450 serve the station. While routes 75 and 194 run close by.


Preceding station   Overground roundel (no text).svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
East London Line
towards West Croydon
National Rail National Rail
Forest Hill   Southern
Crystal Palace Line
  Crystal Palace
Brighton Main Line
  Penge West


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Sydenham Town: Sydenham Services from 2010
  4. ^ "Sydenham (London) (SYD)". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 1 Origins and Formation. Batsford. p. 250. ISBN 0-7134-0275-X. 
  6. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. pp. 41–45. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. 
  7. ^ a b c "East & Inner South London Line timetable" (PDF). Transport for London. 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Southern timetables". Southern. 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

Further information about Sydenham station.