Hither Green railway station

Hither Green is a railway station located in Hither Green in the London Borough of Lewisham, south-east London. It is 7 miles 16 chains (11.6 km) down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Lewisham and either Grove Park or Lee depending on the route.

Hither Green National Rail
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Hither Green is located in Greater London
Hither Green
Hither Green
Location of Hither Green in Greater London
LocationHither Green
Local authorityLondon Borough of Lewisham
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeHGR
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms6
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Increase 3.372 million[1]
– interchange  1.119 million[1]
2017–18Increase 3.382 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.542 million[1]
2018–19Decrease 3.529 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.629 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 3.332 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.561 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.833 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.126 million[1]
Key dates
1 June 1895Opened
Other information
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WGS8451°27′07″N 0°00′03″W / 51.4519°N 0.0008°W / 51.4519; -0.0008Coordinates: 51°27′07″N 0°00′03″W / 51.4519°N 0.0008°W / 51.4519; -0.0008
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It is a busy commuter station with services to several London termini (Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge) and destinations to other parts of south-east London and the south-east of England (Orpington and Sevenoaks on the South Eastern Main Line, and Dartford and Gravesend on the Dartford Loop Line).

It is in Travelcard Zone 3 and very close to Hither Green Traction Maintenance Depot (TMD), Grove Park Traction and Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot, and Grove Park Safety Training Centre. The station straddles the Prime Meridian, which is marked across the roof of the pedestrian tunnel forming the main entrance.

The station and all trains are operated by Southeastern.


Station signage in use by British Railways Southern Region

Hither Green station was opened on 1 June 1895, by the South Eastern Railway (SER). It was built at Hither Green junction which had been formed some thirty years earlier. Originally there was a booking hall in Springbank Road which was built to serve the St. Germans Estate. The red brick gateposts are still visible outside the site, which was occupied by a timber merchant for many years, but is now being redeveloped for residential use. The original stationmaster's house survives, at 69 Springbank Road. The main station building was built in Staplehurst Road. Since 1974, access to the new booking hall, located between platforms 4 and 5, has been up a ramp from a foot tunnel which runs between Staplehurst Road and Maythorne Cottages.

In 1899 the SER entered a working relationship known as the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, which managed the station until 1 January 1923, when it became part of the Southern Railway. The Southern Region of British Rail was responsible from nationalisation in 1948 until the regions were completely abolished at the end of 1992.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 4 September 1934, two freight trains collided at Hither Green.[2]
  • On 5 November 1967, the Hither Green rail crash occurred. An express train from Hastings to Charing Cross derailed between Grove Park and Hither Green station, close to where the railway crosses St. Mildred's Road, due to a broken rail. Forty-nine passengers were killed.

Facilities and exitsEdit

There are two exits from Hither Green Station: Fernbrook Road and Springbank Road. The Fernbrook Road exit may be used to reach Hither Green village. There is also a passageway leading out to Maythorne Cottages, which links with Nightingale Grove. The Springbank Road exit may be used for roads to the west of the station including Hither Green Lane. The exit towards the south east end of platform 4 is an exit for authorised personnel only via Hither Green Traction Maintenance Depot (TMD).

While the station has a ticket office, it is not open at all times. Ticket machines are available at all times at the Fernbrook Road exit, between platforms 4 and 5, and - for the Springbank Road exit - halfway along on platform 1. There is a coffee shop on platform 5, and a newsagent near the main ticket office, but again these are not open at all times. The station has toilets (open only when the station is staffed).



Rail services operate from Hither Green station to:

  • Lewisham, St Johns, New Cross, London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
  • Grove Park (for Sundridge Park and Bromley North), Elmstead Woods, Chislehurst, Petts Wood, Orpington, Chelsfield, Knockholt, Dunton Green, and Sevenoaks
  • Lee, Mottingham, New Eltham, Sidcup, Albany Park, Bexley, Crayford, Dartford, Stone Crossing, Greenhithe (for Bluewater), Swanscombe, Northfleet and Gravesend.
  • Slade Green, Erith, Belvedere, Abbey Wood, Plumstead, Woolwich Arsenal, Woolwich Dockyard, Charlton, Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, and Deptford.


All services at Hither Green are operated by Southeastern using Class 376, 465, 466 and 707 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[3]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Lewisham or London Bridge   Southeastern
  Grove Park

Freight yards and motive power depotEdit

Hither Green TMD in August 1980. Engines present include Class 33 locos and Class 08 shunters

The nearby freight yard is an important strategic location for cross-London freight trains. A former motive power depot opened by the Southern Railway in 1933 was closed in 1961 and converted to the Hither Green Traction Maintenance Depot.


London Buses route 273, London Buses route 225 and London Buses route N171 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Trevena, Arthur (1980). Trains in Trouble. Vol. 1. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 37. ISBN 0-906899-01-X. |volume= has extra text (help)
  3. ^ Table 199, 200, 204 National Rail timetable, December 2021

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