Purley railway station

Purley Railway Station

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Purley railway station

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Purley railway station is at Purley in the London Borough of Croydon, on the main London to Brighton line, in Travelcard Zone 6. It is a junction, with branches to Caterham and Tattenham Corner. There are sidings used by the Day and Son gravel company, part of whose installation has been given a visual treatment intended to resemble a signal box. Trains of aggregates from Cliffe are dealt with here.


Purley station has been known by three different names during the course of its history.

Godstone Road

The station was opened by the London and Brighton Railway on 12 July 1841 as Godstone Road. This was closed on 1 October 1847 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) which had opened the Stoat's Nest station one mile away at Coulsdon.

Caterham Junction

In 1855 a proposal by a local company, to connect the sandstone quarries at Caterham to the railway system, became embroiled in a long running dispute between the LB&SCR and the rival South Eastern Railway (SER), which resulted in the reopening of the station. The proposed line was in the territory of the SER, and was to be operated by that company. It would have to join the railway system on a section of the LB&SCR, where the SER had running powers but no stations. The new railway had to sue the LB&SCR to force it to allow the junction on to its lines and to reopen the station. On 5 August 1856 the Caterham branch opened, joining the main line near the site of the Godstone Road...
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