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 National Rail
Elephant & Castle railway stn entrance.JPG
Elephant & Castle is located in Central London
Elephant & Castle
Elephant & Castle
Location of Elephant & Castle in Central London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Southwark
Managed byThameslink
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeEPH
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
Fare zone1 and 2
OSIElephant & Castle London Underground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 3.257 million[2]
– interchange Decrease 0.118 million[2]
2015–16Increase 3.287 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.299 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 2.997 million[2]
– interchange Decrease 0.296 million[2]
2017–18Increase 3.172 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.323 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 2.920 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.569 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates
6 October 1862Temporary station opened
February 1863Replaced with permanent structure
Other information
External links
WGS8451°29′40″N 0°05′59″W / 51.4944°N 0.0998°W / 51.4944; -0.0998Coordinates: 51°29′40″N 0°05′59″W / 51.4944°N 0.0998°W / 51.4944; -0.0998
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Platforms 1&2

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.


Services from the National Rail station are operated by Thameslink and Southeastern.

The weekday off-peak service from this station is:

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.

Oyster Card Pay-as-you-go can be used at this station with all services up to Elstree & Borehamwood railway station.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
London Blackfriars   Thameslink
    Denmark Hill
London Blackfriars   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line (Limited Services)
  Bromley South
London Blackfriars   Southeastern
London Blackfriars to Beckenham Junction (Limited Services)
  Loughborough Junction


Mainline railways around the South Bank
Charing Cross  
Waterloo East
Blackfriars Road
  Elephant & Castle
Blackfriars Bridge
City Thameslink
    London Bridge
Cannon Street  
South Eastern main line
to SE London and Kent

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.

There is also a coach stop at New Kent Road; National Express coaches towards Kent stop outside the station.

There is an out of station interchange facility with Elephant & Castle (London Underground) station.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.

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