Carshalton Beeches railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Sutton|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|1 October 1906||Opened as Beeches Halt|
|1 April 1925||Renamed Carshalton Beeches|
|London transport portal|
Carshalton Beeches railway station is in south Carshalton in the London Borough of Sutton in south London. The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Southern, and is in Travelcard Zone 5. It is between Wallington and Sutton, 13 miles 72 chains (22.37 km) down the line from London Bridge, measured via Forest Hill.
The station is under a mile from Oaks Park and can be accessed along Woodmansterne Road.
The typical off-peak service (Monday to Saturday) from the station is:
- 2tph (trains per hour) to London Bridge semi-fast
- 4tph to London Victoria via Norbury calling at all stations.
- 6tph to Sutton
- 2tph to Epsom
- 2tph to Epsom Downs
- 6tph to West Croydon
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
The railway through Carshalton Beeches opened in 1847 when track was laid between Epsom, Sutton and West Croydon but it was not until 1 October 1906 that a halt named Beeches Halt was opened in the small settlement, at the north end of Beeches Avenue (at the time called Beechnut Tree Walk). That same year a tram service between Sutton and Croydon opened. Beeches Halt was served by steam rail-motors (early multiple units) running between West Croydon and Epsom Downs.
As residential development continued, demand increased and the Sutton to London line was electrified in 1925 using 6600 V, 25 Hz AC, overhead electrification (OLE), replacing passenger steam traction. At that time the halt was upgraded, a new station built, renamed Carshalton Beeches on 1 April 1925 and the road bridge was rebuilt. The OLE was replaced by the Southern standard of 650 V DC third rail in 1930.
The station's centenary was celebrated in October 2006 and in September 2010 the station foyer was completely reworked to allow a larger ticket office and for electronic ticket barriers to be put in. These are now operational. Further work was completed in 2012 giving disabled access to the London-bound platform only and also adding an area for the parking of bicycles.
Local attractions close to the station
There are two lavender fields within walking distance of the station. One is at Oaks Way, on the Stanley Park Allotments and is run as a not-for-profit community project; set up from the European funded BioRegional development fund.
The Mayfield Lavender Field is situated near Oaks Park and is just over a mile walk from the station. This is a 25-acre commercial site in Croydon Lane and, due to its size, is popular for photography and overseas visitors.
The Oaks Park is situated less than a mile walk along Beeches Avenue and Woodmansterne Road.
There are various walking paths 10–15 minutes walk from the station along Woodmansterne Road - Sutton Countryside Walk and the London Loop (section 5 and 6). Also, national cycle route 20 passes the station.
Little Holland House is situated less than five minutes walk from the station. Set in the fine Beeches Avenue, this individually built suburban house offers the visitor some insight into the local Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the early 20th century.
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- "Walking in London Borough of Sutton". suttonlivingstreets.org.uk. London Living Streets. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
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- Train times and station information for Carshalton Beeches railway station from National Rail
- Carshalton Beeches station information and timetables from Southern Railway