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Clapham Junction London Overground National Rail
Clapham Junction Railway Station South Western Entrance.jpg
South West (Brighton Yard) entrance
Location Battersea
Local authority London Borough of Wandsworth
Managed by Network Rail
Station code CLJ
DfT category B
Number of platforms 17
Accessible Yes
Fare zone 2
Cycle parking Yes – external
Toilet facilities Yes – behind gateline
Key dates
2 March 1863 Opened
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Clapham Junction Railway Station - Detail of Roof Columns - London - 240404
Details of roof support columns at Clapham Junction

Clapham Junction railway station is a train station in Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is on St. John's Hill in the south west of Battersea.

The station

The services

Clapham Junction Railway Station - Acute end of the Railway Junction - London - 240404
The railway junction at Clapham Junction, facing east

All services to Waterloo and many services to Victoria and Croydon stations pass through the junction; these include South West Trains, Gatwick Express and Southern services. Services from Clapham Junction also head north along the West London line, through West Brompton and Kensington (Olympia), on to Willesden Junction and Watford Junction - services (to Willesden Junction) are operated by London Overground.

Typical off-peak service of about 110 trains (one train every 30 seconds) is:

  • 27 London Waterloo
  • 22 London Victoria
  • 1 Alton
  • 1 stopping to Basingstoke
  • 2 Brighton
  • 2 Caterham
  • 2 Chessington South
  • 1 Dorking (via Sutton)
  • 2 Dorking (via Wimbledon)
  • 1 East Croydon (via Norbury)
  • 2 East Grinstead
  • 1 Epsom Downs
  • 2 Epsom (via Hackbridge)
  • 1 Epsom (via Norbury)
  • 2 Guildford (via Cobham)
  • 2 Guildford (via Epsom)
  • 2 Hampton Court
  • 1 Haslemere
  • 1 Horsham
  • 1 Littlehampton and Eastbourne (divides at Haywards Heath)
  • 2 London Bridge
  • 2 London Waterloo (via Brentford, Hounslow and Richmond)
  • 2 London Waterloo (via Richmond, Hounslow and Brentford)
  • 2 London Waterloo (via Wimbledon, Kingston and Richmond)
  • 2 London Waterloo (via Richmond, Kingston and Wimbledon)
  • 1 Milton Keynes Central (via Kensington)
  • 1 Ore and Littlehampton (divides at Haywards Heath and Eastbourne)
  • 1 Poole
  • 1 Portsmouth Harbour (via Haslemere)
  • 1 Portsmouth Harbour and Bognor Regis (divides at Horsham)
  • 2 Reading
  • 2 Shepperton
  • 1 Southampton Central and Bognor Regis (divides at Horsham)
  • 2 Sutton (via Norbury)
  • 2 West Croydon (via Crystal Palace)
  • 2 Weybridge (via Brentford, Hounslow and Staines)
  • 1 Weymouth
  • 2 Willesden Junction
  • 2 Windsor & Eton Riverside
  • 2 stopping to Woking
  • 1 Yeovil Junction (some continue to Exeter and beyond)
Clapham Junction Railway Station - The Footbridge - London - 240404
The station footbridge
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Waterloo   South West Trains
South Western Main Line
West of England Main Line
  Woking
  South West Trains
Waterloo to Basingstoke
Alton Line
  Surbiton
Vauxhall   South West Trains
Waterloo to Woking
Mole Valley Line
Kingston Loop via Wimbledon
Shepperton Branch
Hampton Court Branch
New Guildford Line
  Terminus
London Waterloo   South West Trains
Waterloo to Reading
  Richmond
Vauxhall   South West Trains
Waterloo to Windsor
  Putney
Queenstown Road
(Battersea)
  South West Trains
Kingston Loop via Richmond
Hounslow Loop
Reading and Windsor Lines
  Wandsworth Town
London Victoria   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  East Croydon
West Brompton   Southern
West London line
  Wandsworth Common
Battersea Park   Southern
South London Line (Outer) or London Victoria to East Croydon
  Wandsworth
Common
London Overground National Rail London Overground
West Brompton
towards Willesden Junction
West London Line Terminus

The facilities

The station has 16 platforms, numbered 2 to 17, and arranged in two groups. Platform 1, the northernmost platform, is no longer used. It does not have any rails. If the planned East London Line extension gets to Clapham Junction, the platform may be used again. The station's main entrance is from St. John's Hill, into a foot tunnel which is 15 ft (4.6 m) wide. It runs under the eastern end of the 17 platforms, and to a northern exit, which has restricted opening hours. The foot tunnel becomes very crowded during the morning and evening rush hours, and ticket barriers at the end of the tunnel are a particular pinch point.

A covered footbridge connects the platforms at their western end. The footbridge does not have an exit to or from the station.

The Junction

The station is named Clapham Junction because it is close to the joining point of a number of major rail lines—although the name is not shared by any junction near the station. The names of the nearby rail junctions are:

  • Falcon Jn
  • Ludgate GW Jn
  • Latchmere Jns
  • West London Jn
  • Pouparts Jn

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