Oxted Line


Oxted Line
Oxted Line

The Oxted Lines, shown with other railway lines in South London, Surrey, Kent and East Sussex.
Overview
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
South East England
Surrey
Kent
East Sussex
Operation
Opened 1884
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southern
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
[v · d · e]Oxted Line
Legend
Brighton Main Line
Continuation backward
Straight track
South Croydon
Station on track Unknown BSicon "exSTRrg" Unknown BSicon "exCONTl"
Woodside and
Junction to left Transverse track Unknown BSicon "xABZlg"
South Croydon Railway
Brighton Main Line
Continuation forward Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Selsdon(closed 1983)
Straight track
Stop on track
Sanderstead
Straight track
Stop on track
Riddlesdown
Riddlesdown Tunnel
Enter and exit tunnel
 (837 yards (765 m))
Riddlesdown Viaduct
Small bridge
Stop on track
Upper Warlingham
Woldingham Viaduct
Small bridge
Stop on track
Woldingham
Oxted Tunnel
Enter and exit tunnel
 (2,266 yards (2,072 m))
Unknown BSicon "AKRZu"
M25
Stop on track
Oxted
Oxted Viaduct
Small bridge
Limpsfield Tunnel
Enter and exit tunnel
(565 yards (517 m))
Stop on track
Hurst Green
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Hurst Green Halt(closed 1961)
Hurst Green Jn
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "ABZrl" Track turning from right
Straight track Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Monks Lane Halt (1907–1939)
Crowhurst Spur
Straight track Straight track
Edenbridge Tunnel 
(Closed 1970's)
Unknown BSicon "ekABZgl" Enter tunnel
(319 yards (292 m))
to Redhill
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "kKRZuxl" Unknown BSicon "ekABZql" Continuation to right
to Tonbridge
Straight track Exit tunnel
Straight track Stop on track
Edenbridge Town
Straight track Unknown BSicon "ÜWol" Unknown BSicon "ÜWc3"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "ÜWc1" Unknown BSicon "ÜWo+r"
Straight track Stop on track
Hever
Lingfield
Stop on track Enter and exit tunnel
Mark Beech Tunnel
Straight track Straight track
(1,341 yards (1,226 m))
Straight track Stop on track
Cowden
Dormans
Stop on track Straight track
Straight track Stop on track
Ashurst
Unknown BSicon "exSTRrg" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf" Straight track
East Grinstead High Level
Unknown BSicon "exABZfg"
Unknown BSicon "eKRZo" + Unknown BSicon "vBHFf legende" + Unknown BSicon "exvBHFl legende"
Unknown BSicon "exLUECKEq" + Unknown BSicon "exSTRlg"
Unknown BSicon "exLUECKEq" Unknown BSicon "eABZlg"
Ashurst Junction
East Grinstead Low Level
Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "exABZfg" Unknown BSicon "exKHSTr" Straight track
Original station
to Three Bridges
Unknown BSicon "exCONTf" Unknown BSicon "exGRENZE" Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Straight track
National/Bluebell Railway border
East Grinstead
Unknown BSicon "exHST" Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "ÜWc2" Unknown BSicon "ÜWor"
(new station under construction)
(Bluebell Railway)
Unknown BSicon "exABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf" Unknown BSicon "ÜWo+l" Unknown BSicon "ÜWc4"
Three Bridges to Tunbridge
to Lewes
Unknown BSicon "exCONTf" Straight track Continuation backward
Wells Central Line
Groombridge Junction
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
(Spa Valley Railway)
Birchden Jn (removed)
Unknown BSicon "exvABZaq+l" + Unknown BSicon "vSTRrg"
Track turning right
SVR on former down line
Eridge
Unknown BSicon "vBHF"
National Rail and
Unknown BSicon "vENDEel"
Spa Valley Railway
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exSTRlg"
Redgate Mill Junction
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exCONTf"
Cuckoo Line towards Eastbourne
Stop on track
Crowborough
Straight track
Stop on track
Buxted
Straight track
Unknown BSicon "KHSTxe"
second Uckfield station
Unknown BSicon "exBUE"
Unknown BSicon "exHST"
original Uckfield Station
Unknown BSicon "exCONTf"
Wealden Line
A 1910 Railway Clearing House map of the interaction of the Oxted Lines and the Redhill to Tonbridge Line.

The Oxted Line is a railway line in southern England. It was originally operated jointly by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and the South Eastern Railway. It is now part of the Southern franchise.

The line diverges from the London to Brighton main line at South Croydon. At Hurst Green it splits, one branch terminating at East Grinstead, the other at Uckfield.

Both branches formerly continued further:

North of Sanderstead, at the former Selsdon railway station, there was until 1983 a connection with the former Woodside and South Croydon Joint line to Elmers End. Between Hurst Green and Lingfield there was a connection with the Redhill to Tonbridge Line.

The line between Croydon and East Grinstead was opened as the Croydon, Oxted & East Grinstead Railway (a joint venture between the LBSCR and the SER) on 10 March 1884. In part it used trackbed constructed for, but never used by, the abortive Surrey and Sussex Junction Railway in the 1860s.

The East Grinstead branch was electrified in 1987 (750v DC third rail). The Uckfield branch is not electrified, and is worked by Class 171 diesel multiple units (which replaced the Class 205 and Class 207 DEMUs previously in use on the line).

Contents

Future

The two branches of the Oxted Line connect with different heritage railways, both of which have plans to extend their routes to allow interchange with the national network:

  • Spa Valley Railway - The Spa Valley Railway has worked to extend its route from its current terminus at Groombridge to Birchden Junction, and from there to Eridge, where they have restored the disused island platform and commenced services on 25 March 2011.
  • Bluebell Railway - The Bluebell Railway is currently clearing and preparing the existing trackbed to allow its route to be extended to East Grinstead, where it has built a new single platform station which will interchange with the existing National Rail station. Through running to Network Rail started in March 2010, when GBRf contracted to run occasional trains carrying 1000 tons of excavated material from the Blubell's northern extension to a disposal site at Calvert, Buckinghamshire.[1]

A £140,000, six-month study has been approved by the council and Network Rail looking into the possibility of rebuilding the line, as part of the National Rail Network, between Uckfield and Lewes. This was set up by the Wealden Line Campaign Group.[2] On 23 July 2008 the Central Rail Corridor Board (a joint group of local councils and stakeholders) commissioned study by Network Rail reported that there was not an economic case for reopening, citing a £141 million cost and a low "Benefit To Cost ratio" of 0.64 to 0.79 when a BCR of 1.5 is the minimum needed to make a scheme viable.[3]

Brighton Main Line 2 [4][5]

The Wealden Line Campaign Group have in addition to campaigning for the reopening a line between Uckfield to Lewes line have proposed an extension north from Sanderstead to Elmers End . The proposal as a whole would have new platforms at Brighton and five miles of the East Coastway Line upgraded. Then the line would branch off the East Coastway after Falmer. A new tunnel (called Ashcombe) would be bored after crossing the A27 before crossing the Keymer Junction (Wivelsfield) to Lewes line. The line then would take back the preserved Lavender Line at Isfield. No stations would be reopened between Lewes and Uckfield and all level crossings would be closed. A new station at Uckfield south of the current one would allow 12-carriage trains. The line to Eridge would be double-tracked and electrified (with third rail with a maximum speed limit of 90 mph. New passing loops at Eridge would allow fast trains to overtake slower stopping services. The proposal also includes bringing the Eridge to Tunbridge Wells line back into National Rail with through services to Brighton from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Instead of carrying on to the Brighton Main Line, the line would branch off at Sanderstead and reopen the former railway line, but there is a problem as Croydon Tramlink has taken over the section between Elmers End and Addiscombe. The line would then join the Hayes Line at Elmers End station and then run to London Bridge, London Charing Cross and possibly on to the Thameslink network. There is also a suggestion for some trains to run on the East London Line and branch of after Whitechapel to London Liverpool Street. The whole project could see as little as one building demolished.

The project would have trains diverted away from bottlenecks at East Croydon and Windmill Bridge junction, electric trains on the Uckfield branch instead of Class 171 diesel trains and more capacity between London and Brighton.

See also

Wealden Line

Further reading

  • Gould, David (2003). The Croydon, Oxted & East Grinstead Railway. The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-598-5. 

References

  1. ^ White, Chris (Winter 2009). "Viaduct work—and tip material to be removed by rail". Bluebell News (Sussex, England: Bluebell Railway) 51 (4): 24–25. 
  2. ^ "Railway reopening study approved" (Press release). BBC News. 2007-08-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/6937683.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  3. ^ The full report by Network Rail, at East Sussex CC - 23 July 2008
  4. ^ ['Could a second main line offer Brighton a brighter future?' Rail Magazine Issue 642, 21 April-4 May 2010, Page36-37]
  5. ^ Brighton Main Line 2 website

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