Epsom Downs railway station
|Local authority||Borough of Reigate and Banstead|
|Number of platforms||1|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|22 May 1865||original station opened|
|13 February 1989||station resited|
|London transport portal|
The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Southern, although a terminus of its own branch line is grouped as part of the Sutton & Mole Valley Lines. It is 18 miles 57 chains (30.11 km) down the line from London Bridge, measured via West Croydon. In the past the station had nine platforms, but today only one is in use.
With large numbers of passengers travelling to Epsom to visit the Epsom Downs Racecourse, it became clear that a station near the course was needed. Attempts to build one immediately next to it were strongly opposed by the Epsom Grandstand Association and eventually land was purchased half a mile from the course. Designed by David J. Field, the original station was opened on 22 May 1865 on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway's extension from Sutton. The line had double track and a nine-platform station with a large building.
With the opening of Tattenham Corner railway station, much closer to the racecourse, on 4 June 1901 (Derby Day), traffic declined, helped in particular by the Royal Train changing its destination to Tattenham Corner in 1925. Services were cut back repeatedly over subsequent decades. On 1 May 1972 the number of working platforms was reduced to two, and following the destruction by fire of Epsom Downs signal box in November 1981 almost the entire branch was reduced to single track operation in October 1982.
On 13 February 1989 a new station was opened 21 chains (420 m) short of the original one. The old station and platforms were demolished and the land in between given over to a major housing development. The replacement station was installed by British Rail under the Network SouthEast sector.
The typical off-peak service from the station is, as of May 2018:
- 2 tph (trains per hour) to London Victoria
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Epsom Downs Branch
- "Network Map". Southern. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Yonge, John (November 2008) . Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 22. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
- "NFE Norwood Junction to Epsom Downs Line". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/timetabling/electronic-national-rail-timetable/ (Timetable No. 172, May 2018)