Sanderstead railway station

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Sanderstead National Rail
Sanderstead station building.JPG
Sanderstead Station
Sanderstead is located in Greater London
Location of Sanderstead in Greater London
Location Sanderstead
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Managed by Southern
Station code SNR
DfT category D
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05  0.624 million[1]
2005–06 Increase 0.653 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 0.992 million[1]
2007–08 Increase 1.150 million[1]
2008–09 Decrease 1.044 million[1]
2009–10 Increase 1.047 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.051 million[1]
2011–12 Decrease 1.042 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.050 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 1.141 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 1.226 million[1]
Key dates
10 March 1884 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Sanderstead railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon, 1 mile (1.6 km) from Sanderstead village. It is in Travelcard Zone 6. The station is operated by Southern, is served by Oxted Line trains from East Grinstead and Uckfield to London Bridge and Victoria.

On the up (London-bound) platform is a ticket office, staffed for most of the day, and a self-service ticket machine is outside the station on the up side: there is no PERTIS (Permit to travel) machine. Purley Oaks, also in Travelcard Zone 6, is nearby.


Sanderstead station looking north from the bridge carrying Sanderstead Road over the line.

The station was opened on 10 March 1884 by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and the South Eastern Railway with their line between Croydon and East Grinstead. The population was around 300, rising to 534 by 1901.[2] In the mid-1920s, the Southern Heights Light Railway was proposed, which would have left the Oxted line south east of the station and finished at Orpington.[3] An extensive bookstall was on the up platform, and a signal box on the down platform.

The building was weather-boarded, cheap to construct but requiring regular maintenance. It was destroyed by fire in June 1986 and a new brick building, in the opinion of some[who?] an unimaginative replacement, opened in September 1987.[4] The signal box closed on 2 November 1985 and was demolished in August 1987.[5] The line from Selsdon to Sanderstead was electrified on 30 September 1935, and electrification of the South Croydon-Selsdon and Sanderstead-East Grinstead sections of line was approved by BR in the early 1980s: South Croydon-Selsdon was electrified in 1984 using some redundant materials from the closed Woodside-Selsdon line, to East Grinstead in October 1987.[6]

Electric trains on the Woodside and South Croydon Railway via Selsdon to Elmers End ran from 1935 until the line closed in 1983; at that time, fewer than 150 people were using the service per day, which ran on weekdays at peak hours to Elmers End.[7]


The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:

In peak period trains run to and from London Bridge, calling at South Croydon, the next station north.

Services normally use Class 377 Electrostars, with Class 171 Turbostars in the peaks.


The station is staffed until five minutes after the last train.[8] There is a small tea bar at one end of the station which has recently[when?] been re-opened during morning peak hours. There is a footbridge between the platforms. The station has been selling second hand books for charity since 2009 and a certificate on display shows how much has been raised.[citation needed] A children's table and chairs have recently been installed.


London Buses route 403 serves the station.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 "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. Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (March 1995). Croydon (Woodside) to East Grinstead (Country Railway Routes). Midhurst, West Sussex: Middleton Press. p. Plate 30. ISBN 1-873793-48-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Southern Heights Railway" The Times (London). Friday, 11 January 1929. (45098), col D, p. 9.
  4. Mitchell, V. and Smith, K., plate 39.
  5. Mitchell, V. and Smith, K., plate 35.
  6. Mitchell, V. and Smith, K., plate 55.
  7. Mitchell, V. and Smith, K., plate 38.
  8. [1].

External links

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
South Croydon   Southern
Oxted Line
Disused railways
Selsdon   British Rail
Southern Region

Woodside and South Croydon Railway