Selhurst railway station

Selhurst National Rail
Location of Selhurst in Greater London
Location Selhurst
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Managed by GTR Southern
Station code SRS
DfT category D
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 0.740 million[1]
2005–06 Increase 0.763 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 1.123 million[1]
2008–09 Increase 1.178 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 1.168 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.243 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.351 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.402 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 1.493 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 1.627 million[1]
Key dates
1865 Opened[2]
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WGS84 51°23′32″N 0°05′18″W / 51.3921°N 0.0883°W / 51.3921; -0.0883Coordinates: 51°23′32″N 0°05′18″W / 51.3921°N 0.0883°W / 51.3921; -0.0883
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Selhurst railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London 9.4 miles (15 km) from Victoria.[3] It is operated by Southern, who also provide almost all the train services. The station is in Travelcard Zone 4.


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the Brighton Main Line between South Croydon and Selhurst / Forest Hill, as well as surrounding lines

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.[4] Selhurst station was not however opened until 1 May 1865.[5]

The lines were quadrupled in 1903.[6] In 1912 the lines were electrified via Norwood Junction to provide access for the carriage sheds and repair depot for the LB&SCR railway electrification scheme.[7] In 1925 the lines from Victoria via Norbury were electrified


Selhurst station platforms in 2008

All services are operated by Southern. Most trains go to/from Victoria, with some going to/from London Bridge.

The typical off-peak train service per hour is:[8]

Additional services to/from Milton Keynes Central also start/terminate here.

Extra trains stop here when a large football event occurs at Selhurst Park. Additionally a few otherwise 'fast' trains to and from East Croydon, which usually only stop at Clapham Junction and Victoria, stop here to serve staff working at Selhurst Railway Depot.

Electronic ticket barriers were installed at the station in Spring 2010.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Thornton Heath   Southern
Brighton Main Line and West London Route
  East Croydon or
Sutton & Mole Valley Line and South London Line
  West Croydon


London Buses routes 75 and 157 serve the station.

Selhurst Railway Depot

Selhurst Depot main entrance just opposite Selhurst station

Selhurst T&RSMD (Traction & Rolling Stock maintenance depot) is located to the east of the Selhurst station and occupies a triangle of land which is bordered on one side by the Victoria Lines and on the other by the London Bridge Lines. It was built on the site of the former Croydon Common Athletic Ground, where Crystal Palace F.C. played Football League match between 1920 and 1924.

The depot is operated by the Southern train operating company, and units serviced there include classes 171, 377, 455 plus numerous departmental units and a Class 09 shunter. Thameslink class 319s can also be seen stabled there occasionally, but do not undergo servicing.

Within the main office building is located Selhurst traincrew depot, where many drivers and conductors are based. The depot has extensive stabling sidings, the three main groups of which are known as: Chalk, AC (which were so named because that was where the trains of the former AC system were stabled) and North. There is a large maintenance shed, an AC test rig (for dual voltage units equipped with pantographs), a train wash plant, and a cleaning shed. At the north east corner of the site near to Norwood junction station is the smaller Norwood drivers' depot, and beside it the diesel fuelling point. Selhurst is unusual in that the maximum speed within the depot is 15 mph rather than the usual 5 mph, and signalled train movements are permissive.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. Croydon's Transport ISBN 0-906047-17-X
  3. Body, Geoffrey (1989). PSL field guide to the railways of Southern Region. Wellingborough: Patrick stephens Ltd. p. 171. ISBN 1-85260-297-X.
  4. Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8. p. 126-8.
  5. Turner, J.T. Howard (1978) p.250.
  6. Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1. p. 144-8.
  7. Turner, J.T. Howard (1979) p.177-8.
  8. GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Tables 170, 173, 176 & 181 (Network Rail)
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