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Forest Hill London Overground National Rail
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Location Forest Hill
Local authority London Borough of Lewisham
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code FOH
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes
Fare zone 3
Key dates
5 June 1839 Opened as Dartmouth Arms
1845 Renamed Forest Hill
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Forest Hill railway station serves Forest Hill in the London Borough of Lewisham, south London. The station adjoins a road which serves as part of the A205 South Circular Road.

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.

Croydon, Norwood & Woodside RJD 53
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the Brighton Main Line between South Croydon and Selhurst/Forest Hill, as well as surrounding lines

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The LB&SCR station buildings were destroyed by bombing during World War II and have been replaced by a more modern system-built structure. The short narrow island platform serving the fast lines was demolished in the early 1960s.


Forest Hill is served by 8 trains in each direction off peak, with additional Southern services at peak hours. Southern operates 4 to 8 car trains throughout the day, with 10 carriage trains at peak hours.

Off-peak frequencies are:

Platform Frequency
(per hour)
Destination Service Pattern Operator Line
1 4 Highbury & Islington All stations via
Shoreditch High Street
London Overground East London
4 Dalston Junction London Overground East London
4 London Bridge All stations Southern Metro
2 4 Crystal Palace All stations London Overground East London
4 West Croydon All stations London Overground East London
2 London Victoria
All stations via Clapham Junction Southern Metro
2 Caterham (Mon-Sat) All stations via East Croydon Southern Metro
2 West Croydon
(Peaks & Sun only)
Sydenham then fast to Norwood Junction Southern Metro
2 Tattenham Corner
(Sun only)
All stations via East Croydon Southern Metro


In a rail meeting in Sydenham, Southern said Thameslink trains may stop here after the Thameslink Programme is completed in 2018.


London Buses routes 122, 176, 185, 197 and 356 serve the station.

  • Train times and station information for Forest Hill railway station from National Rail
Preceding station   London Overground National Rail London Overground   Following station
Honor Oak Park
East London Line
towards Crystal Palace or West Croydon
National Rail
Honor Oak Park   Southern
Caterham Line
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