TQ3059 : Coulsdon Relief Road passes under Coulsdon Town (formerly Smitham) station

near to Coulsdon, Croydon, Great Britain

Coulsdon Relief Road passes under Coulsdon Town (formerly Smitham) station
Coulsdon Relief Road passes under Coulsdon Town (formerly Smitham) station
A branch line along the Chipstead valley from the Brighton Main Line was first projected in 1884. This scheme failed to take off. The line from Purley East Junction to Kingswood & Burgh Heath was eventually opened on 2nd November 1897 as a single track and this was doubled during 1899. The line finally reached Tattenham Corner on 4th June 1901 - Derby Day. Smitham station was opened on 1st January 1904, and briefly closed during the First World War. It lies on a sharp curve, where the line swings away westwards from the Brighton Main Line, and is immediately adjacent to the closed Coulsdon North station on the Main Line, whose passenger traffic was diverted here when the latter closed on 3rd October 1983. The Coulsdon Relief Road, opened in December 2006 as part of the A23, passes underneath the station. A new station building on the down side of the line, and a standard-pattern accessible footbridge were opened in 2010. These can be seen respectively to the right and left of the underbridge ahead. The Department for Transport requested that, following lobbying by Croydon Council, the train company look into a better name for the station, as Smitham was no longer used as the name of the local area, and the station was close to the centre of Coulsdon. The name chosen, after an exercise in local democracy, was Coulsdon Town. The change took place on Sunday 22nd May 2011.
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Wednesday, 18 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 July, 2012
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 300 597 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:19.3035N 0:8.0953W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 300 596
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