Penge West railway station
Penge West railway station is in the London Borough of Bromley in south London. It is in Travelcard Zone 4, and the station is managed by London Overground and trains are operated by Southern and London Overground. Penge East station is a short walk away and has services to London Victoria. Crystal Palace station is also within walking distance and has more frequent trains to London Bridge. Penge West forms part of the new southbound route of the London Overground (the East London Line) that opened on May 23, 2010.

History
The original Penge station was opened by the London and Croydon Railway in 1839, probably more for logistical reasons than anything else: the railway crossed the nearby High Street by a level crossing, and the station would have provided a place for trains to wait while the crossing gates were opened for them. The population of Penge was only around 270 at this time, not enough to make the station commercially viable. It was closed in 1841, and the level crossing was converted to a bridge soon afterwards. The entrance to the station was actually on Penge High Street, and not its current position. Evidence of the original entrances can still be seen in the brickwork on either side of the bridge as the track passes over the road. By the early 1860s, Penge's population had risen to over 5,000 - more than eighteen times its level just twenty years earlier. There was also a demand for improved transport to the Crystal Palace nearby, so the station was reopened by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway on 1 July 1863. This was the same day that the London Chatham and Dover Railway opened its own Penge Lane station on its line to London Victoria. The two stations were renamed Penge West, and Penge East by the Southern Railway in the 1920s. The 1863 station building remained in use until April 2005 when it was burnt down by arsonists. After a period of limited station facilities, reconstruction work commenced in the Summer of 2006 and was completed in December 2006. The station ticket office is now open weekdays during the morning peak rush hour until 11am. It seems a lot of care and effort has been taken to make the reconstructed ticket office look much like the original Victorian ticket office from when the station building was first opened. A large building on the down platform served as a ticket office and goods office and included the waiting room and Station Master's office. A wide road from the corner of Oakfield Road and Penge High Street provided access to these buildings and sidings which served a coal yard and timber yard on the site of the old brickfield. The sidings were removed, the buildings demolished and the access road closed when the land was sold for the construction of a Homebase store. Since then access to the down platform has been via a footbridge from the up platform. Previously the only passenger access between the two platforms was via Penge High Street.

Services
New off peak service since 23 May 2010
  • 2tph to London Bridge
  • 4tph to Highbury & Islington
  • 2tph to Caterham
  • 4tph to West Croydon
Note trains from London Bridge to Sutton have been withdrawn. Caterham trains now call here and Anerley. The new timetable means that trains serving this station has jumped from 2 per hour to 6, but only 2 of these go to London Bridge.

Transport links
London bus routes 176, 197, 227 and 354.

Preceding station National Rail Following station Sydenham Southern Brighton Main Line Anerley Preceding station London Overground Following station Sydenham towards Highbury & Islington East London Line Anerley towards West Croydon

Building Activity

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