Elephant & Castle railway station
Elephant & Castle railway station is a National Rail station in Newington, south London. Along with the London Underground station of the same name, it is located in the London Borough of Southwark and is in both Travelcard Zone 1 and 2. The station is managed by Thameslink, with services operated by both Thameslink and Southeastern. There is out-of-station interchange with the nearby Elephant & Castle tube station.
|Elephant & Castle|
|Local authority||London Borough of Southwark|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Fare zone||1 and 2|
|OSI||Elephant & Castle |
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|– interchange||0.118 million|
|– interchange||0.299 million|
|– interchange||0.296 million|
|– interchange||0.323 million|
|– interchange||0.569 million|
|Original company||London, Chatham and Dover Railway|
|6 October 1862||Temporary station opened|
|February 1863||Replaced with permanent structure|
|London transport portal|
The London, Chatham and Dover Railway built the station on a brick viaduct in 1863. It has two entrances, one on Elephant Road and one connected to the upper level of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre. There is a departures indicator in the shopping centre as well as separate platform indicators in the ticket hall. There are four platforms, two being on the island between the lines. The station is not directly connected to the London Underground station. To change from the Underground it is necessary to leave the Underground station (the Northern Line exit is nearer), pass through the ticket barrier and then walk either through or round the shopping centre. Four staircases provide the only access to the platforms, as there are no lifts or escalators.
The weekday off-peak service from this station is:
- 2tph to London Blackfriars
- 2tph to Kentish Town
- 4tph to St Albans City
- 2tph to Sevenoaks
- 2tph to Orpington
- 4tph to Sutton of which 2 run via Mitcham Junction and 2 run via Wimbledon
At peak hours there are one or two extra Southeastern trains from or to other, more distant destinations, such as Ashford (Kent), Rochester, Orpington and Dover Priory.
Mainline railways around the South Bank
Local bus connections are provided by bus stops at New Kent Road and Walworth Road. London Buses routes 1, 53, 63, 68, 168, 172, 188, 363, 415, 453, N1 and N63 stop outside the station at New Kent Road. Routes 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 136, 148, 171, 176, 343, 468, P5 and night routes N68, N89, N171 and N343 stop outside the station at Walworth Road.
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