Beckenham Junction station

Beckenham Junction is the main railway and tram station in Beckenham in the London Borough of Bromley, south London. The railway stop is on the Chatham Main Line, 8 miles 53 chains (13.9 km) down the line from London Victoria and situated between Kent House and Shortlands. The tram stop is one of the eastern termini of Tramlink.

Beckenham Junction National Rail Tramlink
Beckenham Junction station - looking east.jpg
Beckenham Junction is located in Greater London
Beckenham Junction
Beckenham Junction
Location of Beckenham Junction in Greater London
LocationBeckenham
Local authorityLondon Borough of Bromley
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeBKJ
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4 plus 2 Tramlink
AccessibleYes[1]
Fare zone4
Tramlink annual boardings and alightings
2009–100.735 million[2]
2010–110.784 million[3]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Increase 2.777 million[4]
– interchange Decrease 77,134[4]
2017–18Increase 2.780 million[4]
– interchange Increase 82,096[4]
2018–19Decrease 2.706 million[4]
– interchange Increase 82,322[4]
2019–20Decrease 2.551 million[4]
– interchange Increase 84,245[4]
2020–21Decrease 0.558 million[4]
– interchange Decrease 22,770[4]
Key dates
1 January 1857Opened as a terminus
3 May 1858Became a through-station
23 May 2000Tramlink opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°24′39″N 0°01′33″W / 51.4109°N 0.0257°W / 51.4109; -0.0257Coordinates: 51°24′39″N 0°01′33″W / 51.4109°N 0.0257°W / 51.4109; -0.0257
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For train journeys, Beckenham Junction is in Travelcard Zone 4. Most trains that call are operated by Southeastern, but some Southern services also call.

FacilitiesEdit

The station has a car park with 88 spaces, and is usually staffed during operating hours.[5] The station also has a small convenience store, coffee kiosk and toilets, which are only available during staffing hours.[6]

PlatformsEdit

Beckenham Junction has a total of 4 platforms (+ 2 for tramlink)

Platform 1

Platform 1 is a terminating bay platform and is used for Southern services from London Bridge via Tulse Hill and Crystal Palace.

Platforms 2 & 3

Platform 2 is used for Southeastern services to London Victoria via Herne Hill & Brixton. Platform 3 is for Southeastern services to Orpington via Bromley South. Fast trains to and from London Victoria (Chatham side) also pass these platforms.

Platform 4

This platform is another terminating bay linked with the spur to the Mid-Kent Line, and is occasionally used during engineering or other disruption.

Tramlink Platforms

There are 2 Croydon Tramlink platforms outside the stations. They are both used for trams to and from Wimbledon via East Croydon, which terminate here.

ServicesEdit

 
Class 465 Networker at Beckenham Junction in 2006

National RailEdit

National Rail services at Beckenham Junction are operated by Southeastern and Southern using Class 377, 465 and 466 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[7]

During the peak hours, the station is served by an additional half-hourly service between London Victoria and Bromley South. During the evenings (after approximately 20:00), the service to London Bridge is reduced to hourly.

On Sundays, the Southern service to London Bridge does not run.

London TramsEdit

London Trams also operate services at Beckenham Junction. Trams run approximately every 10 minutes Monday-Saturday and every 15 minutes on Sundays to Wimbledon via Croydon Town Centre.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Southeastern
Southeastern
Limited Service
Terminus
Southern
Monday-Saturday only
Preceding tram stop     Tramlink   Following tram stop
towards Wimbledon
Tramlink
Wimbledon to Beckenham Junction
Terminus

ConnectionsEdit

London Buses route 162 serves the station.

HistoryEdit

National RailEdit

 
Beckenham Junction Station in 1961

The station was opened by the Mid-Kent Railway (MKR) on 1 January 1857[8] as the terminus of the line from Lewisham; it became a junction on 3 May 1858[9] when the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway Farnborough Extension line from Crystal Palace to Shortlands was opened. On 1 July 1863 the London Chatham & Dover Railway Metropolitan Extension from Beckenham to Victoria/Blackfriars completed the lines serving the station. In 1863 the MKR was taken over by the South Eastern Railway (SER) and thereafter the station was operated jointly by the LCDR and SER. Despite a partial rebuilding in 1890 the original MKR building is still in use as the main station offices and booking hall.[10]

From December 2007, a significant upgrade to train services at Beckenham Junction took place, with an increase in frequency of the London Victoria to Orpington services (off peak) to every 15 mins. Until Section 2 of High Speed 1 opened in 2007 Eurostar services passed the station, but did not stop. In December 2010 Southern increased the number of evening services on Monday-Saturdays so that trains would run to London Bridge Station later into the evening.

TramlinkEdit

 
Tram 2549 at the Beckenham Junction terminus of Tramlink.

The two platform Tramlink stop opened in 2000, with the rest of the route to the Croydon loop. The stop is outside the station, across the car park, beside the A2015 road, which avoids Beckenham town centre.[11]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Tram Stop Usage 2009-10 (FOI)" (XLS). Tramlink annual passenger performance 2009-2010. Transport for London. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Tramlink numbers 2010-2011" (PDF). Tramlink annual passenger performance 2010-2011. Transport for London. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  5. ^ "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Beckenham Junction".
  6. ^ "Beckenham Junction". South Eastern Railway.
  7. ^ Table 173, 195 National Rail timetable, May 2022
  8. ^ Morning Post 5 January 1857
  9. ^ South Eastern Gazette 11 May 1857, p. 4
  10. ^ "Railways of Beckenham", Andrew Hajducki, 2011[page needed]
  11. ^ Buses and Trams from Beckenham
  12. ^ McCrickard, John P (6 October 2016). "January 1990 to December 1990". Network South East Railway Society. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.

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