|Local authority||London Borough of Lewisham|
|Managed by||London Overground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|5 June 1839||Opened as Dartmouth Arms|
|1845||Renamed Forest Hill|
|London transport portal|
The station is managed by London Overground, with Overground and Southern trains serving the station. Thameslink services also pass through the station. It is 5 miles 50 chains (9.05 km) down the line from London Bridge, between Honor Oak Park and Sydenham, in Travelcard Zone 3. There are four tracks through the station, although only the slow lines (the two outer tracks) have platforms.
There are two entrances, the main one being on platform 1 at the bottom of the South Circular Road, and a side entrance on platform 2 on Perry Vale. The ticket office is placed in the main entrance, although there are ticket machines outside both entrances.
The station was opened by the original London & Croydon Railway (L&CR) on 5 June 1839, as Dartmouth Arms (the name of the local inn).
The line was also used by the London and Brighton Railway from 1841 and the South Eastern Railway (SER) from 1842. In 1844, the station was chosen by the L&CR as the northern terminus for Phase 1 of an experimental atmospheric railway to West Croydon. A pumping station was also constructed at the station. The L&CR and the L&BR merged to form the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) in July 1846; the following year "atmospheric" working was abandoned. In 1845 the station became Forest Hill for Lordship Lane.
The LB&SCR moved the Down platform during the early 1850s when the line was quadrupled, and extended the island platform around 1864.
The LB&SCR station buildings were badly damaged by bombing during World War II but were patched up and survived until British Rail demolished them in 1972 and built a much smaller CLASP system-built prefabricated station building that remains in use to this day. The short narrow island platform serving the fast lines was demolished in the early 1960s.
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
- 4 tph to London Bridge
- 2 tph to London Victoria via Crystal Palace
- 2 tph to Coulsdon Town via Purley
London Overground services at Forest Hill are operated using Class 378 EMUs.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Brighton Main Line
|Preceding station||London Overground||Following station|
towards Highbury & Islington
|East London Line|
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 1 Origins and Formation. Batsford. pp. 249–250. ISBN 0-7134-0275-X.
- Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
- Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
- Howard Turner, John (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. pp. 43, 245. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8.
- "Timetable 31: Tattenham Corner and Coulsdon to London" (PDF). Southern, December 2019.
- "Timetable 40: London Bridge to London Victoria via Crystal Palace" (PDF). Southern, December 2019.
- "Highbury & Islington to New Cross, Clapham, Crystal Palace and West Croydon Timetable" (PDF). London Overground, May 2020.
- Forest Hill station/Dartmouth Road
- Forest Hill Station/London Road - Bus
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