Epsom Downs railway station
is a railway station located on the boundary of the Reigate and Banstead
and Epsom and Ewell
boroughs of Surrey
with the railway to the north forming a continuation of the boundary.
The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Southern
, and is part of the Sutton & Mole Valley Line
The typical off-peak service from the station is one train per hour to London Victoria
, West Croydon
. After 7pm these services run via Crystal Palace
rather than Norbury.
With high levels of passengers travelling to Epsom
for horse races, it became clear that a station near the course was needed. Attempts to build one immediately next to it were strongly opposed by the Epsom Grandstand Association
and eventually land was purchased half a mile from the course. Designed by David J.Field, the original station was opened on 22 May 1865 on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
's extension from Sutton. The line had double track and a nine-platform station with a large building.
With the opening of Tattenham Corner railway station
much closer to the racecourse on 4 June 1901 (Derby Day
) traffic declined, helped in particular by the Royal Train
changing its destination to Tattenham Corner in the 1920s. Services were cut back repeatedly over subsequent decades. In 1972 the number of working platforms was reduced to four, and following the destruction by fire of the Epsom Downs signal box in November 1981... Read More