Elephant & Castle railway station

Coordinates: 51°29′40″N 0°05′59″W / 51.4944°N 0.0998°W / 51.4944; -0.0998
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Elephant & Castle National Rail
Elephant & Castle is located in Central London
Elephant & Castle
Elephant & Castle
Location of Elephant & Castle in Central London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Southwark
Managed byThameslink
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeEPH
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
Fare zone1 and 2
OSIElephant & Castle London Underground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2017–18Increase 3.172 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.323 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 2.920 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.569 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 2.878 million[2]
– interchange Decrease 0.274 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 0.667 million[2]
– interchange Decrease 49,497[2]
2021–22Increase 1.316 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.101 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates
6 October 1862Temporary station opened
February 1863Replaced with permanent structure
Other information
External links
WGS8451°29′40″N 0°05′59″W / 51.4944°N 0.0998°W / 51.4944; -0.0998
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Elephant & Castle railway station is a National Rail station in Newington, south London. Along with the London Underground station of the same name, it is located in the London Borough of Southwark and is in both Travelcard Zone 1 and 2. The station is managed by Thameslink, with services operated by both Thameslink and Southeastern. There is out-of-station interchange with the nearby Elephant & Castle tube station.


Platforms 1&2

The London, Chatham and Dover Railway built the station on a brick viaduct in 1863. It currently has one entrance on Elephant Road.[3] There are four platforms, two being on the island between the lines. Four staircases provide the only access to the platforms, as there are no lifts or escalators.

The station is not directly connected to the London Underground station, both entrances of which are some distance away.[1]


Off-peak, all services at Elephant & Castle are operated by Govia Thameslink Railway using Class 700 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[4]

During the peak hours, additional services between Orpington, Kentish Town and Luton call at the station. In addition, the service to London Blackfriars is extended to and from Welwyn Garden City via Finsbury Park.

In addition, a small number of Southeastern services call at the station during the peak hours. The station is served by a number of services between London Blackfriars and Beckenham Junction, as well as a single peak hour return service between London Blackfriars and Dartford via Sidcup.

A small number of late evening Thameslink services are extended beyond St Albans City to Bedford. On Sundays, there are also direct services beyond St Albans City to Luton.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Blackfriars to Sevenoaks via Catford and Otford
Peak Hours Only
Peak Hours Only


Mainline railways around the South Bank
London River Services London Underground Waterloo
Charing Cross London Underground
Waterloo East
London Underground Elephant & Castle
Blackfriars London Underground London River Services
Blackfriars Bridge
City Thameslink
London River Services London Underground London Bridge
Cannon Street London Underground
South Eastern Main Line
to SE London and Kent

Local bus connections are provided by bus stops at New Kent Road and Walworth Road. London Buses routes 1, 53, 63, 68, 168, 172, 188, 363, 415, 453, N1 and N63 stop near the station at New Kent Road. Routes 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 136, 148, 171, 176, 343, 468, P5 and night routes N68, N89, N171 and N343 stop near the station at Walworth Road.

There is also a coach stop at New Kent Road; National Express coaches towards Kent stop near the station.

There is an out-of-station interchange facility with Elephant & Castle (London Underground) station.[1]

Elephant and Castle redevelopment[edit]

An entrance directly connected to the upper level of the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre closed in September 2020, as part of the redevelopment of the area.[3]

A new entrance to the railway station will be built, connecting to the new town centre. Existing railway arches will be opened up, providing access for pedestrians to Elephant Park.[5] Interchange with the Underground will also improve, with a direct route through the new town centre to a new Underground ticket hall.[6][7] However, local press have criticised the omission of step-free access to the National Rail platforms.[3]

2021 fire[edit]

Smoke from the 2021 fire

On 28 June 2021, a fire broke out under the station.[8] The London Fire Brigade dispatched 15 fire engines.[9] The fire is thought to be accidental and believed to have been caused by an electrical fault within a car in a spray booth[10] at T.R. Autos, a garage in the arches of the railway viaduct,[11] then spread to the surrounding commercial units, six cars and a telephone box.[10] Six people were treated for minor injuries at the scene and one person was taken to hospital.[12]

The surface station was undamaged, but became engulfed in smoke. The station and railway line were closed, leading to the cancellation of several services. Some nearby residents were evacuated from their homes. Access to the underground tube station was restricted, with one entrance being briefly closed as a precaution.[13] Many roads in the area were closed.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ a b c "Elephant rail station: Thameslink urges passengers to prepare for shopping centre closure". London SE1. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  4. ^ Table 52, 179, 180, 195, 196, 197, 212 National Rail timetable, December 2022
  5. ^ "New Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre redevelopment plans on show". London SE1. 9 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Have your say on the Bakerloo line extension - Elephant & Castle Combined Station Entrance" (PDF). Transport for London. 14 October 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Elephant and Castle shopping centre demolition gets final approval". BBC News. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  8. ^ Wadell, Lily; Dunne, John (28 June 2021). "London fire: Blaze breaks out at Elephant and Castle station as plume of smoke rises over capital's skyline". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Elephant and Castle fire: Two hurt in huge blaze at railway arches". BBC News. 28 June 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Railway arches alight - Elephant and Castle". London Fire Brigade. 29 June 2021.
  11. ^ Giordano, Chiara; Tidman, Zoe; Bulman, May (28 June 2021). "Six treated for injures after major fire near Elephant and Castle station in London". The Independent. London.
  12. ^ @Ldn_Ambulance (28 June 2021). "We can confirm we treated six people at the scene in #ElephantandCastle and took one of them to hospital" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ @LondonFire (28 June 2021). "Three commercial units underneath the railway arches are completely alight and four cars and a telephone box are also alight near #ElephantandCastle Railway Station. Road closures are in place and people are advised to avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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