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Ladywell railway station is in Ladywell, in the London Borough of Lewisham in south east London, in Travelcard Zone 3. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southeastern. The Grade II station opened in 1857 and is in Ladywell Fields, adjacent to University Hospital, Lewisham.

Location Ladywell
Local authority Lewisham
Managed by Southeastern
Station code LAD
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 0.942 million[2]
2012–13 0.973 million[2]
2013–14 1.052 million[2]
2014–15 1.122 million[2]
2015–16 1.323 million[2]
Key dates
1 January 1857 Opened
Listed status
Listed feature Ladywell Station
Listing grade II
Entry number 1246025[3]
Added to list 23 December 1998



  • 1History
    • 1.1Early years (1857-1922)
    • 1.2Southern Railway (1923-1947)
    • 1.3British Railways (1948-1994)
    • 1.4The privatisation era (1994-Present Day)
  • 2Service
  • 3Layout
  • 4Connections
  • 5References
  • 6Notes
  • 7External links


Early years (1857-1922)[]

The Mid Kent Railway was built by the Mid-Kent and North Kent Junction Railway (MK&NKJR) and was opened on 1 January 1857 as far as Beckenham Junction (although it was not technically a junction as the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway’s line did not open until 3 May 1858). From opening the line was worked by the South Eastern Railway (SER). Seven years later the MK&NKJR built an extension from a new junction station at New Beckenham to Croydon (Addiscombe Road) which again was operated by the SER. [4]

In September 1866 a spur was opened from the north end of Ladywell station to the recently opened main line (which avoided Lewisham Junction station) which it joins at Parks Bridge Junction. [5]

Almost all services from the station have terminated at Charing Cross or Cannon Street stations but between 1880 and 1884 a service worked between Croydon (Addiscombe Road) calling all stations to New Cross and then via a connection to the East London Line and terminating at Liverpool Street station.[6]

In 1898 the South Eastern Railway and its bitter rivals the London Chatham and Dover Railway agreed to work as one railway company under the name of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway and Ladywell became an SECR station.

Southern Railway (1923-1947)[]

Following the Railways Act 1921 (also known as the Grouping Act), Ladywell station became a Southern Railway station on 1 January 1923.

The Mid-Kent line was electrified with the (750 V DC third rail) system and electric services commenced on 28 February 1926. Early electric services were worked by early Southern Railway 3-car Electric Multiple Unit trains often built from old SECR carriages.

On 30 June 1929 colour light signalling was introduced north of Ladywell. [7]

British Railways (1948-1994)[]

After World War II and following nationalisation on 1 January 1948, the station fell under the auspices of British Railways Southern Region.

Colour light signalling was introduced south of Ladywell (as far as New Beckenham) on 4 April 1971.[8]

The privatisation era (1994-Present Day)[]

On 13 October 1996 operation of the passenger services passed to Connex South Eastern. Services were subsequently operated by South Eastern Trains, and Southeastern since 1 April 2006.


The typical off-peak train service per hour is:[9]

  • 2 northbound, to Cannon Street calling at all stations via Lewisham
  • 2 northbound, to Charing Cross at London Bridge and Waterloo East
  • 4 southbound, to Hayes

On Sundays, there is a half-hourly service to/from Cannon Street.

Preceding station National Rail Following station

London Bridge


Hayes Line

   Catford Bridge


Side Platform Platform 1
Southeastern towards Charing Cross, Cannon Street
Southeastern towards Hayes
Side Platform Platform 2


London Buses routes 122, 284 and P4 serve the station.