Elephant & Castle railway station

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Elephant & Castle National Rail
Elephant & Castle railway stn entrance.JPG
Elephant & Castle is located in Central London
Elephant & Castle
Elephant & Castle
Location of Elephant & Castle in Central London
Location Newington
Local authority London Borough of Southwark
Managed by GTR Thameslink
Owner Network Rail
Station code EPH
DfT category E
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 1 and 2
OSI Elephant & Castle London Underground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05   2.006 million[2]
2005–06 Increase 2.057 million[2]
2006–07 Increase 2.554 million[2]
2007–08 Increase 3.970 million[2]
2008–09 Decrease 3.320 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 3.111 million[2]
2010–11 Decrease 2.648 million[2]
2011–12 Decrease 2.567 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 2.706 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 2.953 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates
6 October 1862 Temporary station opened
February 1863 Replaced with permanent structure
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
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Elephant & Castle railway station is a National Rail station that serves Newington and Walworth, south London. Along with the London Underground station of the same name, it is located in the London Borough of Southwark and is in both Travelcard Zone 1 and 2. The station is managed by Thameslink, with services operated by both Thameslink and Southeastern. There is out-of-station interchange with the nearby Elephant and Castle tube station.


Platforms 1&2

The London, Chatham and Dover Railway built the station on a brick viaduct in 1863. It has two entrances, one on Elephant Road and one connected to the upper level of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre. There is a departures indicator in the shopping centre as well as separate platform indicators in the ticket hall. There are four platforms, two being on the island between the lines. The station is not directly connected to the London Underground station. To change from the Underground it is necessary to leave the Underground station (the Northern Line exit is nearer), pass through the ticket barrier and then walk either through or round the shopping centre. Four staircases provide the only access to the platforms, as there are no lifts or escalators.


Services from the National Rail station are operated by Thameslink and Southeastern.

Mainline railways around the South Bank
Charing Cross London Underground
Waterloo London Underground London River Services
Waterloo East
Blackfriars Road
Elephant & Castle London Underground
Blackfriars London Underground London River Services / City Thameslink
Blackfriars Bridge
Cannon Street London Underground
London Bridge London Underground London River Services
Brighton and South Eastern Main Lines
toward SE London, Kent, Sussex and Surrey

The weekday off-peak service from this station is:

At peak hours there are one or two extra Southeastern trains from or to other, more distant destinations, such as Ashford (Kent), Rochester, Orpington and Dover Priory.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Blackfriars   Thameslink
Sevenoaks Line
  Denmark Hill
Blackfriars-Orpington/Dover Priory/Rochester/Ashford International
Limited Service
  Denmark Hill
Herne Hill

Oyster Card Pay-as-you-go can be used at this station with all services up to Elstree & Borehamwood railway station


London Buses routes 1, 45, 53, 68, 88, 133, 155, 168, 172;188, 176, 343, 415, 453 and 168, and night routes N1, N35, N63, N68, N89, N133, N155, N171 and N343 serve the station.

There is an out of station interchange facility with Elephant & Castle (London Underground) station.[3]


  1. "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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