Eltham railway station

Eltham railway station is in the Well Hall area of Eltham, South East London, within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is 10 miles 68 chains (17.5 km) measured from London Victoria. It is in Travelcard Zone 4.

Eltham National Rail
Eltham railway station, Greater London.jpg
Eltham is located in Greater London
Location of Eltham in Greater London
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Greenwich
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeELW
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 2.522 million[2]
2015–16Decrease 2.438 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 2.387 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 2.210 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 2.119 million[2]
Key dates
17 March 1985Opened
Other information
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WGS8451°27′20″N 0°03′05″E / 51.4555°N 0.0515°E / 51.4555; 0.0515Coordinates: 51°27′20″N 0°03′05″E / 51.4555°N 0.0515°E / 51.4555; 0.0515
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The station is operated by Southeastern. The station has two platforms: platform 1 for services to Central London and platform 2 for Dartford and Barnehurst.


Before 1985, there were two railway stations in Eltham on the Bexleyheath line.

Eltham Well Hall (originally just 'Well Hall'), which opened on 1 May 1895, was about 220 yards (200 m) to the west of the present-day station on the other side of Well Hall Road.[3] It was one of five stations with wooden buildings and was constructed on the west side of the main road,[4] In 1932 the Well Hall buildings were rebuilt.

Eltham Park station, which opened 1 May 1908, was about 500 yards (460 m) further east of the current station with its main entrance adjacent to the London-bound platform, and footpaths to Westmount Road and Glenesk Road. An additional footpath linking the country-bound platform with Westmount Road was available at peak times.[3]

Both stations were closed and replaced by the current station which was opened by British Rail on 17 March 1985 when a new section of the A2, the Rochester Way Relief Road, was opened. A bus station that was built on a raft above the A2 was opened at the same time.

The platforms and buildings of the abandoned Eltham Park station still exist, but there is no trace of Eltham Well Hall station, the site of which is west of Well Hall Road where the A2 road passes under the railway.


On 11 June 1972, a train derailed near Eltham Well Hall station, when the driver went round a sharp curve too fast. The driver and five passengers were killed, plus 126 people injured; an investigation revealed the driver was drunk.[5][6]


The station is located on Well Hall Road, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) from Eltham High Street.


Eltham station is served by several Transport for London bus routes, the 132, 161, 162, 233, 286 and 314. These buses carry passengers from the station to Bexley, Bromley, Blackfen, Chislehurst, Greenwich, Mottingham, New Addington, New Eltham, Sidcup, Swanley and Woolwich.


All trains are operated by Southeastern.

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Kidbrooke   Southeastern
Bexleyheath Line
& Victoria-Dartford Line


  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  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. ^ a b Glasspool, David. "Eltham Park". Retrieved 30 July 2007.
  4. ^ Extract from 1898 6inch to the mile OS map. Mottingham, Eltham High Street and new (1895) Bexleyheath Line Railway. (map [:File:Eltham_map_1898.jpg])
  5. ^ http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/eventsummary.php?eventID=134
  6. ^ Ministry of Transport; Col J.R.H. Robertson (1973). Railway accident : Report on the Derailment that occurred on 11 June 1972 at Eltham (Well Hall) Station in the Southern Region, British Railways (PDF). HMSO. ISBN 0-11-550303-X.

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