Sidcup railway station

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Sidcup railway station is a station in Sidcup, South East London within the London Borough of Bexley. It is in Travelcard Zone 5, and the station is managed by Southeastern.

History

Sidcup station opened in October 1866 shortly after the opening of the Dartford Loop Line. The station was built one mile north of Sidcup town centre in the parish of Lamorbey. It had a small goods yard positioned on the down side and a station master's house. A new booking office was built in 1887. In the early 1890s a signal box was built on the up side which was in use until November 1970. A station hotel was built near the entrance to the goods yard. The hotel was demolished in 1975.

In the 1930s the station was partially rebuilt with new platform canopies. In 1955 the platforms were lengthened to take ten coach trains. In 1965 a footbridge was constructed between the up and down platforms which allowed the closure of the down side booking office. The goods yard closed in August 1966. The following year a short loop line siding was opened at a cost of £50,000 on the down side to the east of the platforms on part of the former goods yard. This enabled services to start or terminate from the station without blocking the main running lines. The remaining area of the goods yard became a car park.

In 1988 a new brick built entrance and booking hall with a glazed pitched-roof opened on the up side. In 1992 the platforms were extended to take twelve coach trains.

Location

The station is situated on Jubilee Way in Sidcup, almost a mile away from Sidcup High Street.

Buses

Buses that serve Sidcup station are the Transport for London routes 51, 160, 229, 233, 269, 286 and 492. These connect the station with Bexleyheath, Bromley, Catford, Chislehurst, Orpington, St Mary Cray, Swanley, Thamesmead and Welling.

Facilities

The station has two platforms, platform 1 being for trains to Central London via Hither Green and platform 2 for trains to Central London via Woolwich Arsenal and to Gravesend.

Facilities at the station include a mini cafe, ticket booths, photo booth and toilets. There are also free bike racks and a car park. The station has ticket gates on both up and down platforms, although the down side gates are rarely used outside peak hours.

Services

All trains from Sidcup are operated by Southeastern, who also manage the station.

Standard off-peak services are:

During the morning peak three services to Charing Cross start from Sidcup running fast from Hither Green to London Bridge. During the evening peak three down services from Charing Cross terminate at Sidcup. In the evening and on Sundays there is a half hourly service to London Charing Cross.

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