Brixton railway station

Brixton railway station is a commuter railway station in Brixton, South London, UK. It is on the Chatham Main Line, 3 miles 14 chains (5.1 km) down the line from London Victoria. Trains are operated by Southeastern. The typical service is one train every 15 minutes in both directions.

Brixton National Rail
Brixton railway station 02.jpg
Brixton is located in Greater London
Location of Brixton in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Lambeth
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeBRX
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
OSIBrixton London Underground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 1.055 million[2]
2015–16Increase 1.282 million[2]
2016–17Increase 1.344 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 1.338 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 1.228 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon, Chatham and Dover Railway
Other information
External links
WGS8451°27′46″N 0°06′48″W / 51.4629°N 0.1132°W / 51.4629; -0.1132Coordinates: 51°27′46″N 0°06′48″W / 51.4629°N 0.1132°W / 51.4629; -0.1132
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

It is about 110 yards (100 m) north of Brixton Underground station, high above ground level on a railway bridge that can be seen from the tube station. Access is from Atlantic Road via staircases. It is also a busy junction, with the Catford Loop via Peckham Rye and Bellingham leaving the Chatham Main Line immediately west of the station.


Brixton main line station in 1960

Brixton was opened as Brixton and South Stockwell in 1862 by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LC&DR) to serve the affluent Victorian suburbs of South London.[3] Services ran from Moorgate to London Victoria via Snow Hill (Holborn Viaduct), Camberwell New Road and Brixton and South Stockwell to Grosvenor Road, following the opening of the link northeastwards to London Blackfriars via Loughborough Junction in 1864.[4] The station was also connected to the LC&DR's branch to Crystal Palace High Level via Nunhead soon afterwards, with this section (via Denmark Hill) becoming part of the modern-day Catford Loop Line.

The station is currently served only by trains on the main line towards Herne Hill. The Denmark Hill line platforms were closed in April 1916 as a wartime economy measure and have been demolished except for a short section of the up platform. However, the line itself remains in regular and frequent use by both freight and passenger services.


The typical off-peak train service per hour is:[5]

  • Four trains per hour non-stop to London Victoria
  • Two trains per hour to Orpington, calling at all stations via Herne Hill and Bromley South
  • Two trains per hour to Bromley South, calling at all stations via Herne Hill.

On Sundays, there is a half-hourly service each way.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
London Victoria   Southeastern
Bromley South Line
  Herne Hill
  Historical railways  
Clapham High Street
Line and station open
  London, Chatham & Dover Railway
Main Line
  Loughborough Junction
Line closed, station open
Clapham High Street
Line and station open
  London, Chatham & Dover Railway
Main Line
  Herne Hill
Line and station open

Future ProposalsEdit

Map of rail & tube lines passing through Brixton, showing the location of Brixton station and the London Overground through route
One of the high rail bridges above Brixton

The London Overground network passes above the station without stopping. This segment of the South London Line became part of the network as the second phrase of the East London line extension project. Completed in December 2012, the extension connected the South London Line to the East and West London Lines, from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction.[6]

The line also passes through Loughborough Junction.[6] Adding both stations to the route was excluded from the plan due to the prohibitive cost of building on the high viaducts at each location.[7] The proposals drew criticism for not including new interchange stations at these locations.[8][9] Until 1976 trains stopped at nearby East Brixton. It has been proposed that this disused station could be reopened instead as the site is close to both Brixton and Loughborough Junction.[10][11]


A number of colourful murals have been painted on the outside of the station. Inside the station, three bronze sculptures stand on the platforms. This work, Platforms Piece by Kevin Atherton, was erected in 1986 and the statues are life casts of three people - two black, one white - who regularly travelled from Brixton.[12] The statues, believed to be the first sculptures of black British people in a public place in the UK, were given Grade II listed status in November 2016.[13]



London Buses routes 2, 3, 35, 37 (at Lambeth Town Hall); 45, 59, 109, 118, 133, 159, 196, 250, 322, 333, 345 (at Brixton Police Station), 355, 415, 432, 689, 690, P4, P5 and night routes N2, N3, N35, N109 and N133 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Stockwell history". London Borough of Lambeth. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  4. ^ Herbert, Henry (1877). Herbert's Metropolitan Hand-Book. Henry Herbert & Co. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-103-01106-3.
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 195 (Network Rail)
  6. ^ a b Transport for London (2006). "The Tube in 2010". Retrieved 3 November 2007. (map illustrating future development phases as proposed by TfL in 2006, subject to change)
  7. ^ "East London Line Extensions - Loughborough Junction". AlwaysTouchOut. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  8. ^ "Junction joy South". South London Press (archived). 24 April 2004. Archived from the original on 9 May 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  9. ^ Martin Linton MP (4 August 2006). "Parliamentary Debate: London Orbital Rail Network". Hansard. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Connecting Brixton to the London Overground. Petition launched to reopen East Brixton station". Brixton Buzz. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  11. ^ Cobb, Jason (21 March 2017). "Lambeth Council starts review to look at business case for reopening East Brixton train station". Brixton Buzz. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  12. ^ Miles, Malcolm (1997). Art, space and the city. Routledge. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-415-13943-4.
  13. ^ Brown, Mark (3 November 2016). "First UK public statues of black British people given listed status". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 November 2016.

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