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Encyclopedia > Clapham Junction railway station
Clapham Junction
The footbridge over the fan of tracks leading to sheds and sidings
Location
Place Battersea
Local authority Wandsworth
Coordinates 51°27′53″N 0°10′14″W / 51.4646, -0.1705
Operations
Managed by South West Trains
Owned by Network Rail
Platforms in use 16
National Rail
Station code CLJ
Annual entry/exit
12.550 million **
Transport for London
Zone 2
History
Key dates Opened 1863
Transport for London
List of London stations: Underground | National Rail
** based on sales of tickets in 2004/05 financial year which end or originate at this station. Disclaimer (PDF)
UK Railways Portal
Railways around Clapham Junction
Legend
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Contents

The station

Services

All services to Waterloo, and many services to Victoria and the Croydon stations pass through the junction; these include South West Trains, Gatwick Express and Southern services. Services from Clapham Junction also head north along the West London Line, through West Brompton and Kensington (Olympia), on to Willesden Junction (London Overground services) and Watford Junction (Southern services). Services from Brighton to Manchester pass through on a scarce appearance heading up past Kensington (Olympia) (Cross Country). For other uses, see Waterloo station (disambiguation). ... Victoria station in London is a London Underground and National Rail station in the City of Westminster. ... East Croydon station is a railway station and tram stop in Croydon. ... South West Trains (SWT) is a train operating company operating in the United Kingdom, providing train services to the south-west of London, chiefly in Greater London and the counties of Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Berkshire and Wiltshire (the area largely covered before 1923 by the London and South... Gatwick Express is the brand name of a National Express Group-operated railway service offering a frequent shuttle service between Victoria station in London and Gatwick Airport in South East England. ... Southern is the latest name of the train operating company that took over from Connex South Central on the routes to South London, Surrey, and Sussex from Victoria and London Bridge. ... The West London Line is a short overground railway linking Clapham Junction in the south to Willesden Junction in the north. ... West Brompton is both a mainline railway on the West London Line (WLL) which connects Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction stns. ... Kensington (Olympia) station is a railway and tube station in West London. ... Willesden Junction station is a Network Rail station in Harlesden, north-west London; it is served by both London Overground and London Underground Bakerloo Line trains. ... London Transport Portal London Overground[1] is a train operating company owned by Transport for London (TfL). ... Watford Junction station is a railway station in Watford, United Kingdom. ... The term cross-country, when used by itself, can refer to: Sports Cross-country running, a sport in which teams of runners compete to complete a course over open or rough terrain Cross-country skiing, a winter sport for skiing Fell running also known as hill running and mountain running...


The typical off-peak service from the station is: (tph = trains per hour)

  • 35 tph to London Waterloo
  • 23 tph to London Victoria
  • 2 tph to Alton
  • 2 tph to Basingstoke
  • 1 tph to Bognor Regis (via Horsham)
  • 3 tph to Brighton
  • 2 tph to Caterham (via Norbury)
  • 2 tph to Chessington South
  • 1 tph to Chichester (via Horsham)
  • 1 tph to Dorking (via Sutton & Epsom)
  • 2 tph to Dorking (via Wimbledon)
  • 2 tph to East Grinstead
  • 1 tph to Eastbourne (via Gatwick Airport)
  • 1 tph to Epsom Downs (via Norbury)
  • 2 tph to Epsom (via Hackbridge)
  • 1 tph to Epsom (via Norbury)
  • 2 tph to Guildford (via Cobham)
  • 2 tph to Guildford (via Epsom)
  • 2 tph to Hampton Court
  • 1 tph to Haslemere
  • 1 tph to Hastings (via Gatwick Airport & Eastbourne)
  • 1 tph to Horsham (via Sutton & Epsom)
  • 1 tph to Littlehampton (via Gatwick Airport & Worthing)
  • 2 tph to London Bridge (via Crystal Palace)
  • 2 tph to London Waterloo (via Hounslow & Richmond)
  • 2 tph to London Waterloo (via Kingston & Richmond)
  • 2 tph to London Waterloo (via Richmond & Hounslow)
  • 2 tph to London Waterloo (via Richmond & Kingston)
  • 1 tph to Portsmouth Harbour (via Guildford)
  • 1 tph to Portsmouth Harbour (via Gatwick Airport & Horsham)
  • 1 tph to Poole (via Basingstoke & Southampton)
  • 2 tph to Reading
  • 2 tph to Shepperton
  • 2 tph to Southampton Central (via Woking & Basingstoke)
  • 1 tph to Southampton Central (via Gatwick Airport & Worthing)
  • 2 tph to Sutton (via Norbury)
  • 1 tph to Watford Junction
  • 2 tph to West Croydon (via Crystal Palace)
  • 2 tph to Weybridge (via Hounslow & Staines)
  • 1 tph to Weymouth (via Basingstoke & Southampton)
  • 2 tph to Willesden Junction
  • 2 tph to Windsor & Eton Riverside
  • 2 tph to Woking
  • 125 tph in total (about 8 per platform). If each train spends under three minutes in a platform, each platform will be occupied for less than half of any given hour, meaning that the station is not quite at capacity.

Facilities

The railway junction at Clapham Junction, facing east
The railway junction at Clapham Junction, facing east
Details of roof support columns at Clapham Junction
Details of roof support columns at Clapham Junction
Electronic Information board on a Clapham Junction platform
Electronic Information board on a Clapham Junction platform
Clapham Junction platforms 2 to 10 at night
Clapham Junction platforms 2 to 10 at night
The subway at Clapham Junction at night
The subway at Clapham Junction at night
Arding & Hobbs Department Store, now sold to Debenhams, with its landmark cupola
Arding & Hobbs Department Store, now sold to Debenhams, with its landmark cupola

The station has 16 active platforms, numbered 2 to 17, and arranged in two groups. Platform 1, the northernmost platform, is no longer used, having no rails; Portakabins have been sited at the north-east end, and a Portakabin and power or signalling equipment housings at the south-west end. If the planned East London Line extension gets to Clapham Junction, it is possible that platform 1 would be used for the purpose. Platform 2, for the West London Line, and 3 to 6, for the Windsor lines, form a northern group oriented in a west-south-westerly direction, whilst platforms 7 to 17, on the South-Western and Brighton main lines, form a southern group oriented in a south-westerly direction and are separated from the northern group by a fan of a dozen or more sidings running into railway sheds to the west of the station. Clapham Junction Railway Station - The Footbridge - London - 240404 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - The Footbridge - London - 240404 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - Detail of Roof Columns - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - Detail of Roof Columns - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - Electronic Information Board on platform - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - Electronic Information Board on platform - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - Platforms at Night - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - Platforms at Night - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - Foot Tunnel at Night - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Clapham Junction Railway Station - Foot Tunnel at Night - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (640x629, 43 KB)Clapham Junction - The Arding & Hobbs Department Store, now rebranded as Allders, and showing the landmark cupola - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert... Download high resolution version (640x629, 43 KB)Clapham Junction - The Arding & Hobbs Department Store, now rebranded as Allders, and showing the landmark cupola - London - 240404 Photo taken by Tagishsimon on the 24th April 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert... A Portakabin is a relocatable, stackable temporary building, most often used as site offices on a building site, or anywhere else where constructing an office is not practicle or is pointless. ... London Transport Portal The East London Line is a line of the London Underground, coloured orange on the Tube map. ...


The main entrance is from St. John's Hill, into a subway some 15 ft (4.6 m) wide running transversely beneath the eastern end of the 17 platforms, and on to a northern exit, which has restricted opening hours. The subway becomes very crowded during the morning and evening rush hours: ticket barriers at the end are a particular pinch point. For other uses, see Rush hour (disambiguation). ...


A covered footbridge connects the platforms at their western end. In contrast with the width of the subway, parts of the footbridge are vast, but unfortunately the footbridge does not provide entry to or exit from the station. Network Rail announced in 2007 a package of improvements to access at Clapham Junction, including re-opening the Brighton Yard entrance on St Johns Hill and installing lifts to the platforms; the scheme is due for completion in 2009.[1] Network Rail is a British not for dividend company limited by guarantee whose principal asset is Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, a company limited by shares. ...


The station has limited pay-for-use toilet facilities; drinks and confectionery kiosks in the underpass, the overpass, and on some platforms; and a small shopping centre forming the St. John's Hill entrance.


Technology

In the recent past, in part because of the large number of platforms and trains, the station was confusing for those unfamiliar with it, who often found it difficult to establish from which platform a particular train would run. In 2003 a reasonably extensive system of electronic train information displays was installed at the entrance, in the subway and on platforms. In May 2004, the ticket machines were moved and reduced in number from six to four, only two of which take credit cards, and all of which are prone to frequent breakdown - this prompted a significant number of complaints from customers, leading to reinstallation of the two removed machines in winter 2004. There are seven staffed ticket kiosk windows, but purchasing tickets in the morning rush hour, and from time to time through the day, tends to involve a lengthy delay. In March 2005, work began to alter the layout of the travel centre and to install a set of eight new ticket machines; these were installed in April 2006. Only two of these machines accept cash payments; the excessive queueing times for these has also provoked complaints. Soda pop and snack machines A vending machine is a machine that dispenses merchandise when a customer deposits money sufficient to purchase the desired item (as opposed to a shop, where personnel is required for every purchase). ...


Busiest station claims

Clapham Junction has claimed to being the busiest railway station in the United Kingdom, and on 17 June 2005 changed its signage and claim, to be the busiest in Europe. Some 2,000 trains pass though it each day, the majority of which stop. Shinjuku Station in Tokyo is the world's busiest railway station in terms of passenger numbers, and sees far more trains than Clapham Junction. is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... South side of Shinjuku Station at night East exit of Shinjuku Station Shinjuku Station ) is a train station located in Shinjuku and Shibuya wards in Tokyo, Japan. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ...


The junction

The station is named Clapham Junction because it forms the junction of a number of major rail lines. The name is not shared by any actual rail junction in the locality of the station. The names of the nearby rail junctions are:

  • Falcon Jn (at the south end of the station, where the West London Line (WLL) joins the Brighton Slow Lines)
  • Ludgate GW Jn (at the eastern end of the Windsor Line platforms with the WLL and the London, Chatham and Dover Railway)
  • Latchmere Jns (where the three curves join the WLL)
  • West London Jn (the junction where Eurostar empty stock leaves the Windsor Lines at to get onto the WLL)
  • Pouparts Jn (where the low level and high level approaches to Victoria split)

History

Prior to the railway age,the area was rural and specialised in the growing of lavender used in the production of perfume; the hill to the east of the station is called Lavender Hill. The coach road from London to Guildford passed slightly to the south of the location of the station, passing a public house called The Falcon at a crossroads in the valley between St. John's and Lavender Hill. Species About 25-30, including: Lavandula abrotanoides Lavandula angustifolia Lavandula canariensis Lavandula dentata Lavandula lanata Lavandula latifolia Lavandula multifida Lavandula pinnata Lavandula stoechas Lavandula viridis Lavandula x intermedia The Lavenders Lavandula are a genus of about 25-30 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native from the... For other uses, see Perfume (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Coach. ... , For other places with the same name, see Guildford (disambiguation). ... Pub redirects here. ... A crossroads (the word rarely appears in singular) is a road junction, where two or more roads meet (there are three or more arms). ... Fljótsdalur in East Iceland, a rather flat valley In geology, a valley (also called a vale or dale) is a depression with predominant extent in one direction. ...


The 19th century saw the rapid development of the railway system. The first railway through the area was the London and Southampton Railway, opened in 1838. That railway terminated at Nine Elms, near Vauxhall, about 2 km (1 mile) to the north east of the Clapham Junction site, and made no provision for a station at the site of the (by now renamed) Falcon pub. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nine Elms is a district of London, situated in the far north-eastern corner of the London Borough of Wandsworth between Battersea and Vauxhall. ... Vauxhall is an inner city area of south London in the London Borough of Lambeth. ...


A second railway line, from Nine Elms to Richmond, opened in 1846, a third serving Vauxhall in 1848, and a fourth in 1860. Railways running through the area now served the centre of London, at Victoria and Waterloo; the affluent west of London - places like West Brompton and Earls Court; Watford Junction and connections north; Croydon, Crystal Palace and other parts of South London; Guildford, Richmond and places west; Southampton and places south-west; and Brighton and places south. This being the case, the London and South Western Railway determined to build an interchange station, choosing the Falcon crossroads and the point at which the Windsor lines and South-western main line separated from the Brighton line. Victoria station in London is a London Underground and National Rail station in the City of Westminster. ... For other uses, see Waterloo station (disambiguation). ... West Brompton is both a mainline railway on the West London Line (WLL) which connects Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction stns. ... Earls Court is a place in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. ... Watford Junction station is a train station in Watford, United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Croydon (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Crystal Palace. ... South London area South London (known colloquially as South of the River) is the area of London south of the River Thames. ... , For other places with the same name, see Guildford (disambiguation). ... Richmond is a suburb and the principal settlement of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south west London, England. ... Waterloo Station The London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) was a railway company in England from 1840 to 1923. ... For other places with the same name, see Brighton (disambiguation). ...


The station was opened in 1863 as a joint venture of the London & South Western Railway, whose trains served the northern platforms, and the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, whose trains served the southern platforms. Additional station buildings were erected in 1874 and 1876. The LB&SCRs coat of arms, displayed above the entrance to Gipsy Hill railway station. ...


At the time of the construction of the station, Battersea was mostly associated with industry and poor working people. Clapham, a mile to the east of the site, was a longer-established and entirely more fashionable village and so the railway companies, which sought to attract a middle and upper class clientele, decided to adopt the grander of the two names. Clapham is a neighbourhood in the London Borough of Wandsworth, South London. ...


The station precipitated the development of the area around it, with the population rising from 6,000 people in 1840 to 168,000 by 1910. In 1885 Arding and Hobbs Department Store was built, and after a 1909 fire was rebuilt to include the landmark cupola. Refurbishment rebranded the store with the parent company Allders name, but some of the original Arding and Hobbs signs were retained. Allders went into liquidation at the start of 2005 and Arding and Hobbs is now part of the Debenhams chain. The cupola is illuminated at night. Cupola of St Peters Basilica, Rome In architecture, a cupola consists of a dome-shaped ornamental structure located on top of a larger roof or dome, often used as a lookout or to admit light and provide ventilation. ... Allders in Croydon, the fourth largest department store in Britain Allders is a full service department store in Central Croydon. ... Debenhams plc (LSE: DEB) is a retailer with a chain of department stores based in the United Kingdom, and franchised stores in a number of other countries. ...


On 11 November 1974 the owner of the "Pram Shop" at the station was found stabbed to death. The crime remains unsolved. is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2005, Wandsworth Council deputy Labour group leader, Councillor Tony Belton, suggested that the station be renamed 'Battersea Junction', as the station is actually in Battersea, and quite a distance from Clapham[1]. The London Borough of Wandsworth is a London borough in southwest London. ...


Clapham rail disaster

Clapham Junction — in fact, a point just slightly south-west of the station — was the scene of a railway accident involving two collisions between three commuter trains on the morning of 12 December 1988. Thirty-five people died and more than 100 were injured. The accident was caused by a signal relay wiring fault as a result of poor workmanship. A signal was displaying an incorrect aspect. A driver noticed this error and stopped his train to report it, and the train behind ran through the faulty signal and collided with the rear of the stationary train. A third empty train then collided with the wreckage. The Clapham Junction rail crash was a serious railway accident involving two collisions between three commuter trains at 08:10 on the morning of 12 December 1988. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


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  • Clapham Junction railway station is at coordinates 51°27′53″N 0°10′14″W / 51.4646, -0.1705Coordinates: 51°27′53″N 0°10′14″W / 51.4646, -0.1705
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References

  1. ^ Route Plans 2007 - Route 3 - South West Mainline published by Network Rail, 2007. See page 20.
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