Crayford railway station

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Crayford National Rail
Crayford railway station, Greater London.jpg
Crayford is located in Greater London
Crayford
Crayford
Location of Crayford in Greater London
Location Crayford
Local authority London Borough of Bexley
Managed by Southeastern
Station code CRY
DfT category D
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 1.518 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 1.618 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 1.783 million[1]
2015–16 Decrease 1.610 million[1]
2016–17 Decrease 1.547 million[1]
Key dates
1 September 1866 Opened
Other information
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WGS84 51°26′54″N 0°10′43″E / 51.4483°N 0.1786°E / 51.4483; 0.1786Coordinates: 51°26′54″N 0°10′43″E / 51.4483°N 0.1786°E / 51.4483; 0.1786
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Crayford railway station is in the London Borough of Bexley in south-east London, in Travelcard Zone 6. It is 15 miles 25 chains (24.6 km) down the line from London Charing Cross. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southeastern.

Down trains run eastbound to Dartford, Gravesend and to London Cannon Street via Slade Green, and up trains run westbound to Cannon Street and London Charing Cross via Lewisham. Ticket barriers are in operation.

History

Crayford station was opened in September 1866. The original station building, like most of the Dartford Loop Line stations, was built cheaply of clapboard. The station had a brick-built goods shed on the up side. The goods yard had only two tracks with no direct connection to the adjacent waterworks, brickworks and gravel pit. Two additional sidings were eventually constructed on the down side. For many years there was no connection between the two platforms except for a track crossing. A footbridge was provided at the eastern ends of the platforms in 1926 when the line was electrified. A SER-designed signal box at the western end of the down platform was built around 1892.

In 1955 both platforms were lengthened to accommodate ten carriage trains. The goods yard closed in May 1963. In 1968 the station buildings were completely rebuilt using pre-fabricated CLASP structures. The signal box closed in November 1970.[2]

The footbridge remains the oldest part of the station. The two sidings on the down side remained for many years and were still in use until the mid-1990s. By 2000 the sidings had fallen out of use and were subsequently disconnected, but the sleepers and rails still remain in position.

In 2000 the ticket office caught fire and was damaged beyond economical repair. The following year a new building appeared in its place together with palisade fencing alongside the rear of both platforms.[3]

Location

The station is situated in Lower Station Road.

Services

The standard off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bexley   Southeastern
Sidcup Line
  Dartford
  Southeastern
Dartford Loop Line
  Slade Green
  Southeastern
Connection to Bexleyheath Line
(Limited Service)
  Barnehurst

Connections

London Buses route 492 serve the station.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ London Suburban Railways - Lewisham to Dartford by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith (Middleton Press 1991)
  3. ^ http://www.kentrail.org.uk/Crayford.htm

External links

  • Train times and station information for Crayford railway station from National Rail
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