Tattenham Corner railway station
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Location of Tattenham Corner in Surrey
|Local authority||Borough of Reigate and Banstead|
|Number of platforms||3|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|4 June 1901||Opened|
|25 March 1928||reopened|
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Tattenham Corner railway station is in Surrey, in England. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southern, and it is the terminus of the Tattenham Corner Line. London-bound trains head south to neighbouring Tadworth, then turn east and finally north-east.
It lies on the outskirts of Epsom and is the closest station for Epsom Downs Racecourse, where the Derby is held and the British monarch traditionally alights from the British Royal Train in those years when attending the Derby. The line serving it was opened (as the Chipstead Valley Railway) in stages between 1897 and 1901, with the commissioning of the final section coinciding with the opening of the station on 4 June that year (by which time the SER had absorbed the independent company). The station closed in September 1914 and was used occasionally for race specials from 1920 until full public service restored (upon electrification) on 25 March 1928. In its heyday, the station had seven platforms (to handle the sizeable amounts of racecourse traffic) but today only three remain in use.
On 1 December 1993, an approaching train (the 06.16 from Victoria) failed to brake in time to stop in the platform and overran the buffer stops; the leading vehicle ended up mounting the concourse and becoming embedded in the wooden station booking office (which subsequently had to be demolished). No passengers were injured in the crash, though the train driver & a member of station staff were hospitalised. The driver was later found to be intoxicated on duty and jailed for nine months.
The typical off-peak service (weekends included) is two trains an hour to London Bridge via East Croydon and Norwood Junction. On weekday evenings the trains run to London Victoria, which is also served by some morning and evening peak services.
From 2018, when the Thameslink Programme is completed, it is proposed that the services will be operated with larger 12 car trains offering all day direct services to Cambridge via London Blackfriars.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Tattenham Corner Line
- "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (pdf) on 6 March 2009.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Chronology of Londons Railways by H.V.Borley
- "Chipstead Valley Railway" John Speller's Web Pages; Retrieved 25 May 2016
- "Epsom & Ewell Explorer - Rail Accidents" Retrieved 25 May 2016
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 181
- Proposed Thameslink services from 2018
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