|Elephant & Castle|
|Local authority||London Borough of Southwark|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Fare zone||1 and 2|
|OSI||Elephant & Castle |
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|– interchange||0.323 million|
|– interchange||0.569 million|
|– interchange||0.274 million|
|– interchange||0.101 million|
|Original company||London, Chatham and Dover Railway|
|6 October 1862||Temporary station opened|
|February 1863||Replaced with permanent structure|
|London transport portal|
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.
The London, Chatham and Dover Railway built the station on a brick viaduct in 1863. It currently has one entrance on Elephant Road. 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 typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
- 2 tph to London Blackfriars
- 4 tph to St Albans City
- 4 tph to Sutton (2 of these run via Hackbridge and 2 run via Wimbledon)
- 2 tph to Sevenoaks via Catford
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.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
London Blackfriars to Sevenoaks via Catford and Otford
Peak Hours Only
Peak Hours Only
Mainline railways around the South Bank
LC&DR's Metropolitan Extensions
and neighbouring railway lines
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.
Elephant and Castle redevelopment
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. Interchange with the Underground will also improve, with a direct route through the new town centre to a new Underground ticket hall. However, local press have criticised the omission of step-free access to the National Rail platforms.
On 28 June 2021, a fire broke out under the station. The London Fire Brigade dispatched 15 fire engines. The fire is thought to be accidental and believed to have been caused by an electrical fault within a car in a spray booth at T.R. Autos, a garage in the arches of the railway viaduct, then spread to the surrounding commercial units, six cars and a telephone box. Six people were treated for minor injuries at the scene and one person was taken to hospital.
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. Many roads in the area were closed.
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- "Elephant rail station: Thameslink urges passengers to prepare for shopping centre closure". London SE1. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
- Table 52, 179, 180, 195, 196, 197, 212 National Rail timetable, December 2022
- "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.
- "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.
- "Elephant and Castle shopping centre demolition gets final approval". BBC News. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
- 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.
- "Elephant and Castle fire: Two hurt in huge blaze at railway arches". BBC News. 28 June 2021.
- "Railway arches alight - Elephant and Castle". London Fire Brigade. 29 June 2021.
- 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.
- @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.
- @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.