Loughborough Junction railway station

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Loughborough Junction National Rail
Loughborough junction.jpg
The station entrance on 2 January 2007
Loughborough Junction is located in Greater London
Loughborough Junction
Loughborough Junction
Location of Loughborough Junction in Greater London
Location Brixton
Local authority London Borough of Lambeth
Managed by Thameslink
Station code LGJ
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05  0.301 million[1]
2005–06 Increase 0.317 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 1.207 million[1]
2007–08 Decrease 0.924 million[1]
2008–09 Increase 1.034 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 0.931 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.031 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.126 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.183 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 1.386 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates
Oct 1864 Brixton spur platforms opened as "Loughborough Road".
1 Dec 1872 Main line and Cambria spur platforms opened. Station renamed "Loughborough Junction"
14 March 1916 Brixton spur platforms closed
12 July 1925 Cambria spur platforms closed
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
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Loughborough Junction railway station is in Loughborough Junction, Brixton in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is between Elephant & Castle and Herne Hill stations and is served by Thameslink and at peak hours by Southeastern.


In the 1860s the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) opened its City Branch to central London. The line remains in use; since 1990 it has been part of the Thameslink route.

In October 1864 the LCDR opened Loughborough Road station on the north-to-west Brixton spur which connects the City Branch to the original Chatham Main Line at Brixton station. On 1 December 1872 platforms were opened on the City branch and on the north-to-east spur (called the Cambria Road platforms and spur after nearby Cambria Road). The enlarged station was renamed Loughborough Junction. The Loughborough Road platforms closed permanently on 14 March 1916 as a wartime economy measure, by 1916 all LCDR City branch stations south of the Thames had been closed except Loughborough Junction and Elephant & Castle. Rationalisation of services in the Southern Railway's suburban electrification led to the closure of the Cambria platforms on 12 July 1925.

A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Loughborough Junction railway station

After nationalisation the station was part of the Southern Region of British Railways and, from 1986, Network SouthEast. Around 1990 the station became part of the Thameslink route.


Looking north from platform 1 at Loughborough Junction on 2 January 2007

Since September 2014, the Thameslink line has been part of Thameslink and Great Northern. Most passenger services from Loughborough Junction run between Bedford and Sutton.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Elephant & Castle   Thameslink
  Herne Hill
Historical railways
Camberwell   South Eastern
and Chatham Railway

City Branch
  Herne Hill


London Buses routes 35, 45, 345, P4 and P5 and night route N35 serve the station.

Inner South London Line

December 2012

The South London line, seen from Loughborough Junction

The Inner South London Line passes across the south end of Loughborough Junction station via a bridge but has never had platforms there. As part of phase 2 of the East London line extension project, this line is now part of the London Overground network operated by Transport for London. Completed on 9 December 2012, this extension connected the Inner South London Line to the East and West London Lines, allowing rail services to run across South London from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction.[2] This creates an orbital network around Central London, fulfilling the Orbirail concept.[3]

The new route passes over both Loughborough Junction and Brixton stations,[2] and the proposals were criticised for not including new interchange stations at these locations.[4][5] No London Overground platforms are planned at Loughborough Junction as the line is on high railway arches, making the cost of any station construction prohibitive.[6]

Map of rail & tube lines passing through Brixton, showing the location of Loughborough Junction and the route of London Overground

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Transport for London (2006). "The Tube in 2010". Retrieved 2007-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (map illustrating future development phases as proposed by TfL in 2006, subject to change)
  3. Rail Express issue 154, March 2009
  4. "Junction joy South". South London Press (archived). 24 April 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-05-09. Retrieved 2009-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Martin Linton MP (4 August 2006). "Parliamentary Debate: London Orbital Rail Network". Hansard. Retrieved 2007-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "East London Line Extensions - Loughborough Junction". AlwaysTouchOut. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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