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Lewisham station

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Location  Lewisham
DfT category  C2
Number of platforms  6
Station code  LEW
Address  London, United Kingdom
Lewisham station
Local authority  London Borough of Lewisham
Managed by  Southeastern Docklands Light Railway
Accessible  Yes (DLR and 4 NR platforms)
London borough  London Borough of Lewisham
Similar  Elverson Road DLR station, Cutty Sark for Maritime, London Waterloo East railw, Deptford Bridge DLR stati, Greenwich station

The trains at lewisham station

Lewisham station is a National Rail and Docklands Light Railway station in Lewisham, south east London which first opened as Lewisham in 1849. It is on the south-east London commuter rail network operated by Southeastern.


Uk south eastern train at lewisham station london

Station layout

There are four platforms for main-line trains: 1 and 2 on the North Kent Line, and 3 and 4 on a loop off the South Eastern Main Line (which are also known as the mid-Kent route).

The current station which dates from 1857 is constructed of yellow stock brick with stone dressing and has an unusual survival of a wooden clapboard building at the back.The facade has a pleasing symmetry of three windows, three entrance doors, three windows. Sadly this is currently obscured by the placement of information screens and wiring. A closed Victorian post box is to the front of the station.

Original doors sash windows skirting tiling and banisters are present inside. The original corniced ceiling of the main hall is currently concealed by a lowered fake ceiling. Platform 3 has kept its original canopy with its elaborate cast iron brackets which depict cherries. some of the original champfered wood and cast iron supports of the original canopy survive on platform 2 although it has been crudely extended width onto the front of the original canopy in the early 20th century.

The station has similarities with other listed stations built at around the same time such as the listed Ladywell railway station Blackheath station and Gravesend railway station which has the same elaborate cast iron supporting brackets as can be found at Lewisham.

Platforms 5 and 6 are served by Docklands Light Railway trains to Bank and Stratford. The Docklands Light Railway station opened in 1999 following a southward extension from Island Gardens. The original canopy over platform 4 was demolished at some point post 1990.

The original canopy over the main entrance was demolished in 2009 at a cost of £790k and replaced with a steel version.

From December 2009, Lewisham was fitted with electric ticket gates, in line with the Government's new strategy to give all Greater London National Rail stations Oyster card accessibility and closing access to those who attempt to travel without tickets. This was controversial as it involved the closure of the gate on Platform 4 and led to a petition signed by over 1,000.

British Transport Police also maintains a neighbourhood policing presence at Lewisham.

Opening and early years (1857-1922)

The North Kent line opened on 30 July 1849 by the South Eastern Railway linking Strood with the London and Greenwich Railway route to London Bridge. The original station was located east of the Lewisham Road overbridge with access off Lewisham Road. With the opening of the mid-Kent line in 1857 a new station was built to the west so both lines could be served.

The station was built to enable interchange between the north Kent and mid Kent lines. The Mid Kent line was opened on 1 January 1857. For a period Old Lewisham Station was also kept open

Eleven passengers were killed in the Lewisham rail crash (1857) when a train ran into the back of a stationary train.

In 1898 the South Eastern Railway and the London Chatham and Dover Railway agreed to work as one railway company under the name of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.

Southern Railway (1923-1947)

Following the Railways Act 1921 (also known as the Grouping Act), Lewisham became a Southern Railway station on 1 January 1923.

The Mid-Kent line was electrified with services commencing on 28 February 1926.

The North Kent Line was electrified with the (750 V DC third rail) system. Electrification was initially to Dartford (6 June 1926) and was extended to Gillingham by World War Two.

In 1929 large-scale remodelling of the junction was undertaken to enable cross-London freight traffic to be routed via Nunhead and Loughborough Junction. The new route utilised part of the former Greenwich Park branch (which had closed in 1917) and included a flyover.

The loop between Lewisham and the main line towards Hither Green, which had opened in 1929, was electrified on 16 July 1933 allowing Sidcup and Orpington local electric services to call.

The Nunhead line was electrified in summer 1935 and opened to electric traffic on 30 September 1935 with services from the Bexleyheath and Sidcup to St Paul's (Blackfriars). This service was cancelled during World War 2 as an economy measure recommencing on 12 August 1946.

British Railways (1948-1994)

After World War II and following nationalisation on 1 January 1948, it fell under the auspices of British Railways Southern Region.

On the 4 December 1957 the Lewisham rail crash occurred to the west of the station with 90 fatalities.

As part of the London Bridge re-signalling a new loop line was opened with a reversible track down to the west (Fast Line) side of St Johns which opened up on 1 April 1976.

Upon sectorisation in 1982, three passenger sectors were created: InterCity, operating principal express services; and London & South East (renamed Network SouthEast in 1986) who operated commuter services in the London area.

The privatisation era (1994-present day)

Following privatisation of British Rail on 1 April 1994 the infrastructure at St Johns station became the responsibility of Railtrack whilst a business unit operated the train services. On 13 October 1996 operation of the passenger services passed to Connex South Eastern who were originally due to run the franchise until 2011.

On 22 November 1999 Britain's Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott opened the 4·2 km Lewisham extension of London's Docklands Light Railway with trains running through to Bank.

Following a number of accidents and financial issues Railtrack plc was sold to Network Rail on 3 October 2002 who became responsible for the infrastructure.

On 27 June 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority decided to strip Connex of the franchise citing poor financial management and run the franchise itself. Connex South Eastern continued to operate the franchise until 8 November 2003 with the services transferring to the Strategic Rail Authority's South Eastern Trains subsidiary the following day.

On 30 November 2005 the Department for Transport awarded Govia the Integrated Kent franchise. The services operated by South Eastern Trains transferred to Southeastern on 1 April 2006.

The loop line to St Johns was doubled in 2013.

On 21 January 2016, Transport for London announced that in 2018, they will take over the London suburban parts of the Southeastern franchise, rebranding the routes as London Overground from that point.

In the early morning hours of 24 January 2017, a freight train derailed at Lewisham. Although no railway workers or passengers were injured in the derailment, it caused widespread disruption across the Southeastern system, with numerous delays and cancellations for the day.

Planned Bakerloo line service

Tfl is currently considering extending the Bakerloo line to Lewisham. Both line options stop at Lewisham. If progressed the station is currently expected to open in 2030.

In its draft Kent Route Utilisation Strategy, Network Rail mentions the possibility of extending the Bakerloo line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, and then taking over the Hayes branch line. Network Rail states that this would free up six paths per hour into central London and so increasing capacity on the Tonbridge main line, which would also relieve the junctions around Lewisham. This would not be undertaken until after 2015.

Planned Jubilee line service

Lewisham tube station was planned to be built on the Jubilee line on the London Underground. Preliminary construction work was begun before the plan was delayed by lack of funds. Eventually the route was changed and the station cancelled.


Lewisham is the southern terminus of the DLR, the previous station being Elverson Road. It is on the boundary of Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3 and is a major transport hub, with many buses passing through or terminating here.

There are a number of freight trains that are generally routed through platforms 3 and 4. In 2012 these include freightliner trains (Isle of Grain), gypsum (Hothfield), aggregates (Angerstein Wharf) and nuclear material (Dungeness).

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

Southeastern (National Rail)


  • 4tph to London Charing Cross (Fast to Waterloo East)
  • 8tph to London Cannon Street via London Bridge
  • 2tph to London Victoria via Denmark Hill & Peckham Rye
  • Eastbound;

  • 4tph to London Cannon Street via Sidcup or via Bexleyheath both returning via Greenwich
  • 4thp to Dartford via Bexleyheath
  • 2tph to Gillingham via Woolwich Arsenal
  • Southbound;

  • 2tph to Orpington
  • 2tph to Hayes
  • Docklands Light Railway


  • 12tph to Bank via Greenwich, Canary Wharf and Limehouse
  • Docklands Light Railway trains operate to Canary Wharf, and continue onwards either to Bank or Stratford. At peak times or following service disruption, it is not unusual to see trains terminating at rather odd locations, such as All Saints or Gallions Reach.


    London Buses routes 21, 47, 75, 89, 108, 136, 178, 180, 181, 185, 199, 208, 225, 261, 273, 284, 321, 380, 436, 484, P4 and 621 and night routes N21, N89, N136 and N199 serve the station.


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