Station code TAD
Fare zone 6
Number of platforms 2
Original company South Eastern Railway, UK
|Managed by Southern|
DfT category E
2011–12 0.265 million
|Address Station Approach, Tadworth KT20 5SP, UK|
Similar Kingswood railway station, Tattenham Corner railway st, Merstham railway station, Betchworth railway station, Reigate railway station
Tadworth railway station is a passenger railway station serving the large suburban village of Tadworth in Surrey, on the North Downs.
This is the penultimate station on the Tattenham Corner Line. Train services and the station are operated by Southern. Tattenham Corner the terminus is north and is close to Epsom Downs railway station: London-bound trains since 1990s privatisation are worked under a different franchise sector of London's periphery. The rivalry of the two stations further north is due to traditionally regular sufficient competition among London and national race-goers wishing to attend Epsom Downs Racecourse. The station opened on 1 July 1900 when extended from Kingswood. The line was extended to Tattenham Corner opened on Derby Day on 4 June 1901, having arrived through (even with cheap labour) relatively costly cuttings from the south. The course taken brought the railway through the centre of Tadworth, before turning sharply north having headed west through Kingswood and yet started heading south then west; since at least World War II the start point has been from London Bridge station next to the City of London.
There are separate platforms for 'down' trains north to Tattenham Corner and 'up' trains to Purley and London, linked by a road overbridge at the south end of the station on which is located the former station building.
Typical off-peak train service per hour (including weekends):
Weekday evening services run to/from London Victoria rather than London Bridge, whilst there are peak period services to both termini.
It was initially proposed that from 2018, when the Thameslink Programme is completed, services on this line would be operated with larger 12 car trains offering all day direct services to Cambridge via London Blackfriars. However, in September 2016, these proposals have been dropped; instead, services on the Tattenham Corner Line are to "remain as Southern South London Metro services with increased capacity as compared to today".
There are self-service ticket machines at the London-bound platform entrance (without rural PERTIS 'Permit to Travel' option). Oyster Card readers are provided on both platforms.