Lewisham Docklands Light Railway National Rail
Lewisham is located in Greater London
Location of Lewisham in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Lewisham
Managed bySoutheastern
Docklands Light Railway
Station codeLEW
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4 NR, 2 DLR
AccessibleYes(DLR and 4 NR platforms) [1][2]
Fare zone2 and 3
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2018Decrease 9.860 million[3]
2019Decrease 9.662 million[4]
2020Decrease 4.236 million[5]
2021Increase 4.701 million[6]
2022Increase 7.030 million[7]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Decrease 10.326 million[8]
– interchange Increase 2.634 million[8]
2019–20Decrease 10.005 million[8]
– interchange Decrease 2.564 million[8]
2020–21Decrease 2.555 million[8]
– interchange Decrease 0.564 million[8]
2021–22Increase 5.249 million[8]
– interchange Increase 1.320 million[8]
2022–23Increase 5.918 million[8]
– interchange Increase 2.154 million[8]
Key dates
30 July 1849First station opened
1 January 1857Present station opened as Lewisham Junction
7 July 1929Renamed (Lewisham)
20 November 1999DLR extension
Other information
External links
WGS8451°27′55″N 0°00′48″W / 51.4653°N 0.0133°W / 51.4653; -0.0133
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Lewisham is an interchange station in Lewisham, south-east London for Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and National Rail services.

On the National Rail network it is 7 miles 61 chains (12.5 km) measured from London Victoria and is operated by Southeastern.[9]

Station layout

There are four platforms for main-line trains: 3 and 4 on the North Kent Line, and 1 and 2 on the Mid-Kent line which is also used as a loop off the South Eastern Main Line.

Elaborate cast iron brackets

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, and three windows.

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 chamfered wood and cast iron supports of the original canopy survive on platform 2.

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.[10]

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[11] and replaced with a steel version.

Lewisham station entrance

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.[12]

British Transport Police also maintains a neighbourhood policing presence at Lewisham.[13]


Opening and early years (1849–1922)

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 on 1 January 1857 a new station was built to the west so both lines could be served.[14][15] For a period Old Lewisham Station was also kept open[16]

Platform 1, Lewisham station

Eleven passengers were killed in the 1857 Lewisham rail crash 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.[17]

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 (today Blackfriars). This service was cancelled during World War 2 as an economy measure recommencing on 12 August 1946.[17]

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 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: Provincial (later renamed Regional Railways) for local services outside of the London area; InterCity, operating principal express services; and London & South East (renamed Network SouthEast in 1986) who operated commuter services in the London area.[18]

Franchise (1994–present day)

piano in Lewisham station

Following de-nationalisation of British Rail on 1 April 1994 the infrastructure to 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 Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott opened the 4·2 km Lewisham extension of London's Docklands Light Railway with trains running through to Bank.[19]

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.[20][21]

On 27 June 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority decided to strip Connex of the franchise citing poor financial management and run the franchise itself.[22][23] 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.

There was formerly a bus terminus within the station, but this was relocated to Thurston Road as part of the Lewisham Gateway project.


Planned London Underground services

Fleet line service

In 1971 and 1972, parliamentary approval was given for construction of Phases 2 and 3 of the planned Fleet line.[27] Phase 3 on the proposal would have extended the line from Fenchurch Street to Lewisham, with new platforms constructed underground.[27] Further plans for Phase 4 of the extension considered the line taking over the mainline tracks on the Addiscombe and Hayes branch lines. Preliminary construction works were carried out elsewhere on the extension before the plan was postponed by lack of funds. Following a change of name to Jubilee line, the first part of the line opened in 1979, but the remaining plans were not carried out. When the Jubilee line was extended in 1999, a different route to Stratford was followed.

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.[28]

In its draft Kent Route Utilisation Strategy,[29] 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.


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.

During infrastructure works on the Greenwich Line, Thameslink services are normally diverted through Lewisham, giving it a temporary link to Luton in the north and Rainham in the east.

National Rail

National Rail services at Lewisham are operated by Southeastern using Class 376, 465, 466 and 707 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[30]

Additional trains serve the station during the peak hours.

Docklands Light Railway

The typical off-peak DLR service from Lewisham is 12 trains per hour to and from Bank. Additional services run to and from the station during the peak hours, increasing the service to up to 22 trains per hour, with up to 8 trains per hour running to and from Stratford instead of Bank.[31]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Elverson Road
towards Bank or Stratford
  Docklands Light Railway   Terminus
  Future Development  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
New Cross Gate
  Bakerloo line
Bakerloo line extension
  Abandoned Plans  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
New Cross
towards Stanmore
  Jubilee line
Phase 3 (never constructed)


Former bus station

London Buses routes 21, 47, 75, 89, 129, 136, 178, 181, 185, 199, 208, 225, 261, 273, 284, 321, 380, 436, 484, P4, school route 621 and night routes N21, N89, N136 and N199 serve the station.[32][33]

Lewisham previously had an adjoining bus station for terminating routes. The station closed on 28 February 2014 for the major Lewisham Gateway redevelopment project.[34]


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