Ockley railway station

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Ockley National Rail
Ockley Railway Station.jpg
Local authorityDistrict of Mole Valley
Grid referenceTQ164404
Station codeOLY
Managed bySouthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 43,432
2014/15Increase 43,726
2015/16Decrease 42,188
2016/17Decrease 32,680
2017/18Increase 34,738
Key datesOpened 1 May 1867 (1 May 1867)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ockley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Ockley railway station serves the villages of Ockley and Capel in Surrey, England and is situated 1.4 miles (2.3 km) from Ockley village and only 0.5 miles (0.80 km) west of the village of Capel. The station is 29 miles 20 chains (47.1 km) from London Waterloo station.[1] Ockley is managed by Southern which also provides all the services.

It opened as Ockley & Capel on 1 May 1867 as part of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway extension to Horsham. Its situation next to Le Steeres of Jayes Park brickworks (closed c 1914) and nearby Phorpres Works (now Clockhouse Works) allowed for substantial brickwork traffic for many years. Milk traffic was also important until the early 1930s when this trade was lost to road transport.

Goods traffic declined slowly over the next 30 years ceasing finally in June 1962.[2][page needed]

The station could very easily have suffered a similar fate (with the potential loss of many of its most important historic features - especially the wooden station canopy) as Warnham station level crossing and signal box, but in recent years Ockley Station has been protected from such an outcome by the efforts of one of the property owners living in the Station Approach who a number of years ago successfully applied to English Heritage to have the station Grade II listed.[3] This means Network Rail must maintain it in its present form.

A great deal of further detail on the history of this station and the entire section of line between Dorking and Horsham can be found in John Harrod's Up The Dorking.[4]


Ockley railway station platform 1 seen on the way to Horsham

For most of the day there is only one train per hour southbound to Horsham and there is also only one train per hour northbound towards London Victoria via Sutton and Clapham Junction. However, in the Monday to Friday morning peak northbound and the evening peak southbound there are some additional services on an approximately half-hourly basis.

From May 2018, there is an hourly mid and late evening service operating between Horsham and London, operating Monday to Friday.[5]

There is no Sunday service from this station.


The station has free parking for around 17 cars (15 normal spaces and two disabled) in the Station Approach, but these spaces are often full by 7.30am on weekdays.[citation needed] When the station car park is full there is no other safe parking location at the station as the winding unlit Coles Lane from which the Station Approach is accessed is neither safe nor suitable for parking and the nearest safe parking locations on public roads in Capel village are at least 0.5 miles (0.80 km) away. There is no taxi rank, so a taxi would have to be summoned by telephone from Dorking or Horsham rendering it largely uneconomic to do so. There is a BT payphone in front of the station building which only takes credit or debit cards. There are no buses that serve the station itself.

Journey times[edit]

Journey times now vary between 63 and 76 minutes to London Victoria compared to times of between only 51 and 60 minutes as recently as 1992.[6]


  1. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 19A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith. Epsom to Horsham Southern Min Lines. Middleton Press.
  3. ^ "Ockley Railway Station, Rhumbles and the Coach House". British Listed Buildings.
  4. ^ Harrod, John. Up The Dorking. Ian Allan Publishing.
  5. ^ Network Rail. "Timetable No. 180, May 2018".
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 1992 Edition, Table 182

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Holmwood   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
Mondays-Saturdays only

Coordinates: 51°09′07″N 0°20′10″W / 51.152°N 0.336°W / 51.152; -0.336