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Addiscombe railway station was a terminus to the east of central Croydon, on Lower Addiscombe Road between Hastings Road and Grant Road. The East India Way housing development stands on the site.

Addiscombe railway station.JPG
AreaLondon Borough of Croydon
Original companyMid-Kent Railway
Pre-groupingSouth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
PlatformsWhen built: 3
At closure: 1
1 May 1864Station opened as Croydon (Addiscombe Road)
1 April 1925Renamed Croydon (Addiscombe)
28 February 1926Renamed Addiscombe (Croydon)
13 June 1955Renamed Addiscombe
31 May 1997Last train ran
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Addiscombe railway station in South London.

It was built with three platforms with extensive canopies, a fairly large station building and concourse, but the station was slowly run down. In 1956 platform 3 was closed and removed, and the goods yard closed in 1968. Through trains to London were withdrawn and the service reduced to a shuttle service to and from Elmers End. In 1993 the carriage depot was closed and around the same time the station became unstaffed with a PERTIS ticket machine outside the entrance.

When the signal box was burnt down in 1996 the line was reduced to single track and only platform 2 was used. The last train (an enthusiasts' railtour) was on the evening of Saturday 31 May 1997, which also visited the West Croydon–Wimbledon line, also closed that day.

After closure the station lay derelict until its demolition in 2001.


Opened by the Mid-Kent Railway, it was part of the South Eastern Railway, which became part of the Southern Railway at the Grouping of 1923. After nationalisation in 1948 the line became part of the Southern Region of British Railways. When sectorisation was introduced, the station was part of Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Rail. During its last years it received the station code "ACM"[1] and was in travelcard zone 5.

Addiscombe station in 1990

The station was closed in preparation for the construction of Tramlink, opening in 2000 along the former line from Elmers End to Woodside, then following the line towards Sanderstead, which had closed in 1983. Addiscombe tram stop is half a mile to the east.

The station was demolished in 2001 and the site was used for the East India Way housing development - named after the East India Company Military Seminary which was located nearby. All that survives are sections of the walls formerly supporting the canopy and station buildings. Part of the line beyond has become Addiscombe Railway Park. There had been a bid for the station to house a working railway museum, which Croydon Council opposed.[2]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Woodside   Network SouthEast
Addiscombe branch


  1. ^ "CRS, NLC, TIPLOC and STANOX codes, location A". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Addiscombe". Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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