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New Cross Gate railway station

New Cross Gate
Station entrance on New Cross Road
New Cross Gate is located in Greater London
New Cross Gate
Location of New Cross Gate in Greater London
Location New Cross
Local authority London Borough of Lewisham
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code NXG
DfT category C1
Number of platforms 5
Fare zone 2
OSI New Cross [1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2004 2.935 million[2]
2005 2.997 million[3]
2006 3.375 million[4]
2007 before closure 3.563 million[5]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 2.088 million[6]
2008–09 1.833 million[6]
2009–10 1.839 million[6]
2010–11 3.012 million[6]
2011–12 4.009 million[6]
2012–13 4.369 million[6]
2013–14 4.328 million[6]
— interchange 1.419 million[6]
Key dates
5 June 1839 Opened
Other information
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External links
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New Cross Gate station is a railway station in New Cross, London, on the Brighton Main Line and the East London Line. It is about 600 metres west of New Cross station. It is in Travelcard Zone 2, and is operated by London Overground.[7]


  • History 1
    • London and Croydon Railway Station 1.1
    • Cold Blow Station 1.2
    • London Brighton and South Coast Railway Station 1.3
    • East London Railway 1.4
    • Freight yard 1.5
    • Locomotive depot and repair workshops 1.6
    • London Overground 1.7
  • Services 2
    • London Overground 2.1
      • East London Line 2.1.1
    • Southern 2.2
  • Connections 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the approaches to London Bridge

England's railway boom of the 1830s led to two competing companies driving lines through the area. The first, the London and Croydon Railway (L&CR), established a station on New Cross Road close to Hatcham in 1839. The second, the South Eastern Railway (SER), established a station near Amersham Way in the heart of New Cross in 1849. Both companies called their stations "New Cross", and the earlier station became "New Cross Gate" when they came under the common ownership of the Southern Railway on 1 January 1923.

During the 19th century, New Cross (Gate) became an important junction where the South London Line, the East London Line, and the Bricklayers Arms Line diverged from the Brighton Main Line to London Bridge.

London and Croydon Railway Station

New Cross in 1839. The station is to the left of the road bridge.

The original station was officially opened on 1 June 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway.[8] and became fully operational on 5 June 1839.[9] It was intended to become the main freight depot and locomotive workshop for the company. In July 1841 the line (but not the station) was also used by the London and Brighton Railway, and between 1842 and 1849 the SER. The Croydon and Brighton companies merged to form the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) in July 1846. Between February and May 1847 the station at New Cross was the northern terminus of the atmospheric propulsion system introduced by the L&CR,[10] but in the latter month the system was abandoned by the new company.

Cold Blow Station

On 1 October 1847 the newly formed LB&SCR closed the existing New Cross station, replacing it with another at Cold Blow Lane 0.25 miles (0.40 km) to the north, in an attempt to secure passengers from the planned North Kent Line of the SER.[11] This move was not a success and was subject to much local criticism, so on 1 May 1849 the LB&SCR rebuilt and re-opened New Cross on the original site.[12]

London Brighton and South Coast Railway Station

Up empties train on the ex-LB&SC main line in 1951

The current station dates from 1849 but was again rebuilt in 1858 to allow for the quadrupling of the Brighton Main Line. Further rebuilding was undertaken in 1869 when the East London Railway opened a line from New Cross to Whitechapel and Liverpool Street.

The line through the station was electrified in 1928 by the Southern Railway using the third rail system, although the majority of services continued to be steam hauled until the electrification of the Brighton main line in 1932

East London Railway

The East London Railway (ELR) was owned by a consortium of railway companies. Passenger services were operated by the LB&SCR between Croydon and Liverpool Street, and from 1884 by the District Railway between New Cross (Gate) and Shoreditch. LB&SCR services ceased on 31 March 1913,[13] when the line was electrified using the fourth rail system and thereafter all passenger services were operated by the Metropolitan Railway. A separate ELR station was built but this was closed in 1886 and the trains were diverted to the adjacent LB&SCR station. The ELR station was then demolished and the site used for sidings.

In 1933 the Metropolitan railway was taken over by the London Passenger Transport Board, which operated services as part of the London Transport Metropolitan line. London Transport was superseded by Transport for London.

Freight yard

The London and Croydon planned to use New Cross as the London terminal for its freight traffic, as the station had good access to the Grand Surrey Canal. It therefore built extensive sidings for this purpose.[14] After 1849 the principal freight-handling facility in the area was moved to Willow Walk on the Bricklayers Arms site, but the sidings continued to be used for the storage of carriages. An Ordnance Survey map for 1871 shows a substantial carriage shed on the west side of the main line, north of the station, but this was no longer shown on the 1894 map. It had been replaced by a combined carriage and locomotive shed on the east side of the line in 1894, but this closed in 1906.[15]

Cross-London freight services were operated to the yard by the Great Eastern Railway, which maintained its own goods depot on the site from the 1870s.[16] These services were continued by the London and North Eastern Railway from 1923, and after 1948 by the Eastern Region of British Railways. They ceased to operate in 1962.

Locomotive depot and repair workshops

The L&CR opened a motive power depot and a locomotive repair facility here in 1839, the former of which appears to have been particularly accident prone. The original building, one of the earliest roundhouses, burned down in 1844.[17] A replacement was built in 1845, and a straight shed built by the LB&SCR in 1848 was blown down in a gale in October 1863.[18] Two further buildings were constructed by the LB&SCR in 1863 and 1869. By 1882 the second (1845) Croydon shed was derelict and in that year was replaced by the new shed, which was rebuilt with a new roof by the Southern Railway (SR) prior to 1929.[19]

The various running sheds began to be run down during the 1930s as part of a re-organisation scheme involving new developments at Norwood Junction, but the onset of war meant that they were not formally closed until 1947 and were used for stabling locomotive until 1951. They were demolished in 1957 together with the repair workshops, and replaced by sidings for the storage of electric multiple units.[19]

The locomotive workshops established by the L&CR continued to undertake minor repairs on locomotives in the London area for the LB&SCR and the SR, and also briefly for British Railways. They were closed in 1949.[20]

London Overground

The East London Line closed on 22 December 2007 and reopened on 27 April 2010 as part of the new London Overground system. The service was also closed between 1995 and 1998 due to repair work on the tunnel under the River Thames. The East London line extension included a flyover north of New Cross Gate allowing trains to run through from West Croydon, plus the construction of a train servicing facility nearby. Platform 1 and adjacent track (southbound) were refurbished, with the line continuing under New Cross Road, before merging with the down slow line. LO services terminated here until 23 May 2010 when services were extended south.[21] Ticket barriers were installed to all platforms in time for the London Overground services to commence.


London Overground

East London Line

The off-peak service as of December 2012 in trains per hour is:


Southern run trains south to Caterham, London Victoria and West Croydon; and north to London Bridge. The next station to the south is Brockley.

In December 2011 the off-peak frequency was:[23]

Platform layout:[24]

Thameslink trains and other Southern services regularly pass through the station without stopping.


London Buses routes 21, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 321, 343, 436 and 453, and night routes N21, N89, N136, N171, and N343 serve the station.[25]


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS).  
  2. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2004". London Underground performance update.  
  3. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2005". London Underground performance update.  
  4. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2006". London Underground performance update.  
  5. ^ "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics.   Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Howard Turner, J.T. (1977). London Brighton and South Coast Railway 1. Origins and Formation. London: Batsford. pp. 63–4.  
  9. ^ Gray, Adrian (1977). The London to Brighton line 1841-1877. Blandford Forum: The Oakwood Press. p. 120. 
  10. ^ Howard Turner, J.T. (1978). London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2. Establishment and Growth. London: Batsford. pp. 6–7.  
  11. ^ Gray2 (1977), p.35.
  12. ^ Gray (1977), pp.35-7
  13. ^ Howard Turner, J.T. (1979). London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3. Completion and Maturity. London: Batsford. p. 200.  
  14. ^ Howard Turner, (1977), pp.56-7.
  15. ^ Griffiths, Roger; Smith, Paul (1999). The Directory of British Engine Sheds: 1. Oxford Publishing Co. p. 95.  
  16. ^ Connolly, Philip (1980). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazzetteer (fifth ed.). Ian Allan. p. 39.  
  17. ^ Hawkins, Chris, and Reeve, George (1979). An historical survey of Southern Sheds. Oxford Publishing Co. pp. 52–3.  
  18. ^ Howard Turner, (1978) pp.278-9.
  19. ^ a b Griffiths & Smith (1979), p.95
  20. ^ Hawkins and Reeve (1979), p.52
  21. ^ BBC London:The new East London Line opens to the public Accessed 27 April 2010
  22. ^ Table 178 National Rail timetable, May 12
  23. ^ Southern Railways Table 31 Accessed 14 December 2011
  24. ^ "New Cross Gate Station Plan". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  25. ^ New Cross Gate bus map Transport for London Retrieved 8 May 2014

External links

  • Train times and station information for New Cross Gate railway station from National Rail
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Bridge   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Brockley or
Norwood Junction
Preceding station   London Overground   Following station
East London Line
  Former services  
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