Clapham High Street railway station
Clapham High Street railway station is on the South London Line in Clapham, within the London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London. It is 6 miles 21 chains (10.1 km) measured from London Bridge (the former LC&DR platforms also being 2 miles 25 chains (3.7 km) measured from London Victoria). It is served by London Overground services, with a limited service to Battersea Park under the control of the London Rail division of Transport for London, and a daily Southeastern service to Ashford International once a day.
|Clapham High Street|
|Local authority||London Borough of Lambeth|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|OSI||Clapham North |
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||London, Chatham and Dover Railway|
|25 August 1862||Opened|
|3 April 1916||LCDR platforms closed|
|London transport portal|
It is close to Clapham North tube station, and interchange between the two is counted as an Out of Station Interchange on Oyster, so that users are charged for only one journey, rather than two separate journeys.
The station was opened on 25 August 1862 by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) as Clapham, renamed Clapham & North Stockwell from May 1863. The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) route (current Atlantic Line, often referred to by its old name of South London Line) was authorized by an 1863 Act of Parliament and parallels the original 1862 LCDR route eastwards between Wandsworth Road and Brixton and beyond. Until the 1923 grouping all lines through the station were owned by the LCDR, with two leased to the LBSCR for their sole use.
The original 'south' 1862 line was leased to the LBSCR in 1867 and the LCDR used the new 'north' 1867 lines.
The existing platforms, together with the Grade II listed 1862 station building, form the original station. These platforms were used by the LCDR from 1862 to 1867, and the LBSCR until the 1923 grouping.
The LCDR 1866 station building (on the north side) was partially demolished in 1924 after the 1916 closure, finally being demolished in the late 1970s. In British Rail days, access to the platforms was via a subway on the north side.
The original south 1862 building was sold, being initially used as a furniture warehouse before being redeveloped in 2003 as residential accommodation. It is now Grade II listed. The platform had a full-length canopy that was demolished in the late 1970s.
The line between London Victoria and London Bridge was electrified at 6600 V AC on the overhead system on 1 December 1909. It was re-electrified in 1928 using third rail 660 V DC and the overhead was dismantled.
In 2012 Southern refurbished the eastbound platform, erecting a new fence and repaving the surface. In late 2012, London Overground erected new waiting shelters and station name signs.
The typical off-peak and peak service is four London Overground trains per hour to Clapham Junction and four trains per hour to Dalston Junction via Shoreditch High Street, joining the East London Line at Surrey Quays.
|Preceding station||London Overground||Following station|
towards Dalston Junction
|South London Line||
towards Clapham Junction
Victoria – Ashford International
1 train per day
Line and station open
South London Line
Line open, station closed
Line and station open
|London, Chatham & Dover Railway
Line and station open
From 9 December 2012, London Overground services began operating between Clapham Junction and Surrey Quays, completing the orbital route around London. As a result, all Southern services were withdrawn and replaced with London Overground services, with four trains calling per hour.
Since 9 December 2012, Southeastern has operated a limited service from London Victoria. In February 2017, this service was running with one early morning train a day in each direction from Monday to Friday only. Otherwise, Southeastern trains calling at Denmark Hill and Victoria in normal service can pass through the platform lines without stopping, but can be diverted (via Crofton Road Junction between Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill stations) over the non-platform lines when required. Until December 2012, Southern also ran a service from Kensington (Olympia) to Clapham High Street but this was later cut back to Wandsworth Road from Kensington Olympia before being withdrawn completely on 17 June 2013.
As a nominal replacement for the former Southern-operated South London line route to/from Battersea Park, a single train in each direction to/from Highbury & Islington was maintained after the December 2012 timetable change (leaving Battersea Park at 06.17 and returning as the 22.17 Highbury & Islington to Battersea Park). In December 2013 the out of service working between Battersea Park and Dalston Junction was converted to part passenger working running in service weeknights as the 23:09 Battersea Park-Clapham High Street via Wandsworth Road. The train terminated at Clapham High Street before running 'dead' to Dalston Junction and then Silwood Sidings. From May 2016 this service became the 23:03 Battersea Park-Dalston Junction, thereby providing a near complete service from Battersea Park weeknights.
As of the December 2019 timetable change, there is one early-morning Southeastern service to Ashford International (via Bromley South and Maidstone East), departing at 05:59 Monday to Friday, usually formed of a Class 465 Networker unit. There is no return working.
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- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
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- London Railway Record July 2012
- The London Brighton and South Coast Railway Vol 2 JT Howard Turner
- Clapham High Street Archived 23 April 2013 at Archive.today Transport Urban Design
- London Railway Record July 2012 Page 103
- Forgotten Stations of Greater London (page 121) by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
- http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/london-overground-extension-to-clapham-junction-faq.pdf TfL London Overground Extension to Clapham Junction
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- Train times and station information for Clapham High Street railway station from National Rail
- Department for Transport letter regarding the withdrawal of Victoria services