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Loughborough Junction railway station

Loughborough Junction railway station is in Loughborough Junction, Brixton in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is between Elephant & Castle and Herne Hill stations and is served by Thameslink.

Loughborough Junction National Rail
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The station entrance on 2 January 2007
Loughborough Junction is located in Greater London
Loughborough Junction
Loughborough Junction
Location of Loughborough Junction in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Lambeth
Managed byThameslink
Station codeLGJ
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 1.386 million[1]
2014–15Increase 1.405 million[1]
2015–16Decrease 0.892 million[1]
2016–17Decrease 0.855 million[1]
2017–18Increase 0.975 million[1]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates
Oct 1864Brixton spur platforms opened as "Loughborough Road".
1 Dec 1872Main line and Cambria spur platforms opened. Station renamed "Loughborough Junction"
3 April 1916[2]Brixton spur platforms closed
12 July 1925Cambria spur platforms closed
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WGS8451°27′58″N 0°06′07″W / 51.4661°N 0.102°W / 51.4661; -0.102Coordinates: 51°27′58″N 0°06′07″W / 51.4661°N 0.102°W / 51.4661; -0.102
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In the 1860s the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) opened its City Branch to central London. The line remains in use; since 1990 it has been part of the Thameslink route.

A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Loughborough Junction railway station

In October 1864 the LCDR opened Loughborough Road station on the north-to-west Brixton spur which connects the City Branch to the original Chatham Main Line at Brixton station. On 1 December 1872 platforms were opened on the City branch and on the north-to-east spur (called the Cambria Road platforms and spur after nearby Cambria Road). The enlarged station was renamed Loughborough Junction. The Loughborough Road platforms closed permanently on 3 April 1916 as a wartime economy measure, by 1916 all LCDR City branch stations south of the River Thames had been closed except Loughborough Junction and Elephant & Castle. In connection with the Southern Railway suburban electrification the platforms on Cambria Jn spur could not be lengthened so were closed on 12 July 1925.

After nationalisation the station was part of the Southern Region of British Railways and, from 1986, Network SouthEast. Around 1990 the station became part of the Thameslink route.


Looking north from platform 1 at Loughborough Junction on 2 January 2007

Since September 2014, the Thameslink line has been part of Thameslink and Great Northern. Most passenger services from Loughborough Junction run between St Albans and Sutton. Some peak-hour Southeastern services between London Blackfriars and Beckenham Junction also call here.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Elephant & Castle   Thameslink
  Herne Hill
Elephant & Castle   Southeastern
Blackfriars to Beckenham Junction
  Herne Hill
  Historical railways  
Camberwell   London, Chaltham and Dover Railway
City Branch
  Herne Hill
Camberwell   London, Chatham and Dover Railway
City Branch
Camberwell   London, Chatham and Dover Railway
City Branch
  Denmark Hill


London Buses routes 35, 45, 345, P4 and P5 and night route N35 serve the station.

Future ProposalsEdit

Map of rail & tube lines passing through Brixton, showing the location of Loughborough Junction and the route of London Overground
The South London line, seen from Loughborough Junction

The South London Line passes across the south end of Loughborough Junction station via a bridge but has never had platforms there. As part of phase 2 of the East London line extension project, this line is now part of the London Overground network operated by Transport for London. Completed on 9 December 2012, this extension connected the South London Line to the East and West London Lines, allowing rail services to run across South London from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction.[3] This creates an orbital network around Central London, fulfilling the Orbirail concept.[4]

The new route passes over both Loughborough Junction and Brixton stations,[3] and the proposals were criticised for not including new interchange stations at these locations.[5][6] No London Overground platforms are planned at Loughborough Junction as the line is on high railway arches, making the cost of any station construction prohibitive.[7] It has been proposed, as an alternative, that the disused East Brixton could be reopened instead as the site is close to both stations.[8][9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  3. ^ a b Transport for London (2006). "The Tube in 2010". Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2007. (map illustrating future development phases as proposed by TfL in 2006, subject to change)
  4. ^ Rail Express issue 154, March 2009
  5. ^ "Junction joy South". South London Press (archived). 24 April 2004. Archived from the original on 9 May 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  6. ^ Martin Linton MP (4 August 2006). "Parliamentary Debate: London Orbital Rail Network". Hansard. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  7. ^ "East London Line Extensions - Loughborough Junction". AlwaysTouchOut. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  8. ^ "Connecting Brixton to the London Overground. Petition launched to reopen East Brixton station". Brixton Buzz. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  9. ^ Cobb, Jason (21 March 2017). "Lambeth Council starts review to look at business case for reopening East Brixton train station". Brixton Buzz. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

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