Chislehurst railway station
Chislehurst railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line, serving the neighbourhood of Chislehurst in the London Borough of Bromley. It is 11 miles 19 chains (18.1 km) down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Elmstead Woods and Petts Wood stations.
|Local authority||London Borough of Bromley|
|Number of platforms||4|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 July 1865||Opened|
|2 March 1868||Resited|
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The station was originally named Chislehurst and Bickley Park when it was first opened on 1 July 1865: the South Eastern Railway had opened part of its cut-off line to Dover on that date. On 2 March 1868 a new station was opened south of the original on completion of the cut-off to Tonbridge. At the beginning of the 20th century the tracks through the station were quadrupled. Beyond Elmstead Woods station (opened in 1904) to the north of Chislehurst lie the Chislehurst Tunnels, a tunnel each on the slow lines [649 yd (584 m)] and fast lines [591 yd (532 m)].
To the south of the station the Up and Down Chatham Loop lines give access to the Chatham Main Line where the next station is St Mary Cray. There are normally no direct trains between Chislehurst and St Mary Cray, as trains that use the connecting curves usually run non-stop between London Bridge and either Rochester or West Malling.
When engineering work takes place on the South Eastern Main Line, services from London to Ashford International or Hastings call additionally at Chislehurst, using Class 375 units. These services are diverted onto the Chatham Main Line and run via Swanley and Otford.
The station is very close to Chislehurst Caves, former mines than were used as an air raid shelter during World War II. The close proximity of the station saw thousands of people at one point disembark at the station to enter the shelter.
The typical off-peak service is
- 4tph (four trains per hour) to Orpington, two of which continue to Sevenoaks
- 2tph to London Charing Cross, running fast from Hither Green to London Bridge.
- 2tph to London Cannon Street, calling at all stations.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Grove Park Line