Thornton Heath railway station

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Thornton Heath National Rail
Thornton Heath is located in Greater London
Thornton Heath
Thornton Heath
Location of Thornton Heath in Greater London
LocationThornton Heath
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codeTTH
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4 (2 rarely used)
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 3.391 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 3.327 million[1]
2018–19Decrease 3.278 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 3.098 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 1.044 million[1]
Key dates
1 December 1862Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°23′55″N 0°06′01″W / 51.3985°N 0.1004°W / 51.3985; -0.1004Coordinates: 51°23′55″N 0°06′01″W / 51.3985°N 0.1004°W / 51.3985; -0.1004
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Thornton Heath is a railway station in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, 8 miles 64 chains (14.2 km) down the line from London Victoria.[2] It is on the Brighton Main Line between Norbury and Selhurst. The station is operated by Southern, who also provide the majority of services (the only exceptions being two early morning departures operated by Thameslink[3]). The station is in Travelcard Zone 4.


The typical off-peak train service per hour is:[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Norbury   Southern
Brighton Main Line and West London Route
Norbury   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Line
Norbury   Southern
London Bridge to Caterham


The Balham Hill and East Croydon line was constructed by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) as a short-cut on the Brighton Main Line to London Victoria, avoiding Crystal Palace and Norwood Junction. It was opened on 1 December 1862.[5] Selhurst station was not however opened until 1 May 1865.[6] According to the Railway Gazette for 30 November 1962 the station was originally called Colliers Water Lane, but the standard history of the line was unable to verify the statement.[7]

The lines were quadrupled in 1903.[8] In 1925 the lines were electrified.[9]

Ticket Gates[edit]

Electronic ticket gates were installed at the station in summer 2009, as part of a project sponsored by the Department for Transport. Some minor refurbishment of the main ticket hall was also carried out.


London Buses routes 50, 130, 198, 250, 450, 663 & N250 serve 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. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1989). PSL field guide to the railways of Southern Region. Wellingborough: Patrick stephens Ltd. p. 171. ISBN 1-85260-297-X.
  3. ^ FCC. "First Capital Connect Timetable - Table 3 - Sutton and Wimbledon to London" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ (Timetable Nos. 170, 173 and 176, May 2018)
  5. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. p. 126-8.
  6. ^ Turner, J.T. Howard (1978) p. 250.
  7. ^ Turner, J.T. Howard (1978) p. 133.
  8. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1. p. 144-8.
  9. ^ Southern Electric by G.T.Moody

External links[edit]

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