Location of Selhurst in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Croydon|
|Managed by||GTR Southern|
|Number of platforms||4|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 May 1865||Opened|
Selhurst railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, 9 miles 31 chains (15.1 km) along the line from London Victoria. It is operated by Southern, which also provides almost all the train services. The station is in Travelcard Zone 4.
The Balham Hill and East Croydon line was constructed by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) as a short-cut on the Brighton Main Line to London Victoria, avoiding Crystal Palace and Norwood Junction. It was opened on 1 December 1862. However, Selhurst station was not opened until 1 May 1865.
The lines were quadrupled in 1903. In 1912, the lines were electrified via Norwood Junction to provide access for the carriage sheds and repair depot for the LB&SCR railway electrification scheme. In 1925, the lines from Victoria via Norbury were electrified.
All services are operated by Southern. Most trains go to/from Victoria, with some going to/from London Bridge and Kensington Olympia.
The typical off-peak train service (before May 2020) per hour is:
The typical service (after May 2020) per hour is:
Additional services to/from Milton Keynes Central and London Bridge also start/terminate here
Extra trains stop here when a large football event occurs at Selhurst Park. Additionally a few otherwise 'fast' trains to and from East Croydon, which usually only stop at Clapham Junction and Victoria, stop here to serve staff working at Selhurst Railway Depot. There are also a few select services from Gatwick Airport & Reigate which stop at this station in the morning peak (2tph)
Electronic ticket barriers were installed at the station in spring 2010.
|Preceding station||Following station|
|Thornton Heath or Clapham Junction||Southern
Brighton Main Line and West London Route
Sutton and Mole Valley lines
|Thornton Heath or Streatham Common||Southern
London Bridge to Caterham
|East Croydon or Terminus|
London Buses routes 75 and 157 serve the station.
Main article: Selhurst Train and Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot
Selhurst Depot is located to the east of Selhurst station, and occupies a triangle of land bordered on one side by the Victoria lines and on another by the London Bridge lines. It was built on the site of the former Croydon Common Athletic Ground, where Crystal Palace F.C. played Football League matches between 1920 and 1924.
The depot is operated by the Southern train operating company, and units serviced there include classes 171, 377, 455, 313, 387 plus numerous departmental units and a Class 09 shunter.
Within the main office building is located Selhurst traincrew depot, where many drivers and conductors are based. The depot has extensive stabling sidings, the three main groups of which are known as: Chalk, AC (which were so named because that was where the trains of the former AC system were stabled) and North. There is a large maintenance shed, an AC test rig (for dual voltage units equipped with pantographs), a train wash plant, and a cleaning shed. At the north-east corner of the site, near Norwood Junction station, is the smaller Norwood drivers' depot, and beside it the diesel fuelling point. Selhurst is unusual in that the maximum speed within the depot is 15 mph rather than the usual 5 mph, and signalled train movements are permissive.
Platform 1 is used for Southbound trains towards East Croydon, Caterham, West Croydon, Sutton and Epsom Downs as well as terminating trains. It is long enough for 10 coaches.
Platform 2 is used for Northbound trains towards London Victoria, London Bridge, and Milton Keynes Central. This platform is also used for trains coming out of the depot going towards the mentioned stations. It is long enough for 11 coaches.
Platform 3 is used for non-stopping Brighton Main Line trains to pass through. It is separated from Platform 2 by fences in the middle, and is opened whenever a train occasionally does stop here. This usually occurs at 5am when 2 trains are timetabled to stop, as well as special events happening at Crystal Palace Football Ground 10 minutes away. It is long enough for 11 coaches.
Platform 4 is used for non-stopping Brighton Main Line trains bound for London Victoria to pass through. It is blocked off by a barrocade in the subway that connects Platform 1 and 2 and is opened once again when there are special events or when a train is timetabled to stop. It is long enough for 8 coaches.