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Elephant and Castle railway station

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Location  Newington
Station code  EPH
Fare zone  1 and 2
Address  London, United Kingdom
Owner  Network Rail
Managed by  GTR Thameslink
DfT category  E
2011–12  2.567 million
Opened  February 1863
Number of platforms  4
Elephant & Castle railway station
OSI  Elephant & Castle tube station
Local authority  London Borough of Southwark
Similar  Elephant & Castle tube station, Herne Hill railway station, Bellingham railway station, Bromley South railway st, City Thameslink railway st

Elephant & Castle railway station is a National Rail station that serves Newington and Walworth, 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 and Castle tube station.

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Layout

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

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

The weekday off-peak service from this station is:

  • 2 tph (trains per hour) to West Hampstead Thameslink via London Blackfriars (Thameslink)
  • 2 tph to St Albans via London Blackfriars (On Sundays, this service terminates at London Blackfriars) (Thameslink)
  • 2 tph to Luton via London Blackfriars (Thameslink)
  • 2 tph to Sevenoaks via Catford (Thameslink)
  • 2 tph to Sutton via Mitcham Junction (Thameslink)
  • 2 tph to Sutton via Wimbledon (Thameslink)
  • 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

    Connections

    London Buses routes 1, 45, 53, 68, 88, 133, 155, 168, 172;188, 176, 343, 415, 453 and 168, and night routes N1, N35, N63, N68, N89, N133, N155, N171 and N343 serve the station.

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

    References

    Elephant & Castle railway station Wikipedia


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