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Changes to some Southern and Thameslink timetables from 26 July 2021 - more info on this link (appears not to affect the Riddlesdown line).

Updated 14/5/21 - Due to the national lockdown GTR train services are still reduced.
There will still be a one hour service at off peak times (weekdays only) to and from Riddlesdown. More details and timetables (scroll down to 'timetables from 16 May' and timetable K) are on this Southern link; or check with the National Rail website before travelling.

A revised train timetable to and from Riddlesdown is shown below



Southern Rail and Thameslink trains to and from Riddlesdown

Update 14/5/21
For those who are currently travelling by rail, some big changes to the timetable and engineering works are planned over the next few weeks/months!

Riddlesdown (RDD) will have a new hourly service (off peak - weekdays) but still every 30 minutes for Sat & Sun from Sunday 16 May 2021.

New Timetable:

Direct trains from RDD to London VIC & St Pancras (STP) & Bedford (BED) from 16 May 2021;

Weekdays from RDD

6.06, 06.35, 07.06, 07.36, 07.45(STP & BED), 08.06, 09.06, 09.36, 10.06, 10.36, 11.36, 12.36, 13.36, 14.37, 15.36, 16.06, 16.36, 17.06, 17.36, 18.06, 18.36, 19.06, 19.36, 20.06, 20.36, 21.36, 22.36, 23.36

Saturdays from RDD

07.06, 07.36 then the usual, service 06 & 36 past the hour until 23.36.

Sundays from RDD

08.42, 09.12 then the usual service 42 and 12 past the hour until 23.43.

Weekdays from VIC to RDD

05.20, 05.50, 06.20, 07.20, 07.50, 08.20, 08.50. 09.50, 10.50, 11.50, 12.50, 13.50, 14.20, 14.50, 15.20, 15.50, 16.20, 16.50, 17.21, 17.51, 17.55(from STP), 18.20, 18.50, 19.50, 20.50, 21.50, 22.20, 23.22, 23.53

Saturdays from VIC to RDD

06.20, 06.50 then 20 and 50m minutes past hour until 23.53.

Sundays from VIC to RDD

07.43, 08.51, 09.21, 09.51, then 21 and 51 mins past the hour until 22.51.

Engineering Works;

From 13 Feb 2021, will see the start of a near-two-year programme of signalling engineering works on the railway lines into VIC which will see services into the London terminus from East Croydon cancelled or diverted on eight weekends through until June. Please check the Engineering works link above before travelling.

An update from Network Rail about the rail works into London Victoria at weekends:


"Dear Passenger,

Work to upgrade track and signalling on the South London lines into London Victoria over weekends in May and June has been a great success. We're grateful to all passengers for the patience and understanding while we carried out these important works.

Please remember there's one further closure coming up on Sunday 27 June when most Southern trains will be diverted into London Bridge. No Southern trains will run between East Croydon and London Victoria. You can also find out the dates for additional work planned for weekends in the autumn/ winter below."  

Engineering Works; Link to Southern



For those residents who are not regular users of Riddlesdown Station - Southern and Thameslink do at times run trains with 10 to 12 carriages. To be sure of getting off at Riddlesdown (from London), ensure you are in carriages 1 to 9, because these trains are longer than the platform and the doors on carriages 10 to 12 will not open. Next stop is Upper Warlingham! Carriage 6 is usually by the exit at Riddlesdown on trains from London.

On trains from East Grinstead, it is usually carriage 4 by the exit. Next stop is Sanderstead!

National Rail Key; RDD - Riddlesdown; VIC - London Victoria; LBG - London Bridge; STP - London St Pancras; BDM - Bedford; ECR - East Croydon; LUT - Luton; OXT - Oxted; EGR - East Grinstead.


To London and/or Bedford from Riddlesdown;

Weekdays: All trains terminate at London Victoria, unless otherwise stated in brackets; 6.06, 06.15(to LBG, STP, BDM), 06.35, 06.42(to LBG, STP, BDM), 07.06, 07.15(to LBG, STP, BDM), 07.36, 07.45(to LBG, STP, BDM), 08.06, 08.15(to LBG, STP, BDM), 08.36, 08.45(to LBG, STP, BDM), 09.06, 09.15(to LBG, STP, BDM), 09.36 and then 06 and 36 mins past hour until last train at 23.36.

Saturdays (To London Victoria only): 07.06, 07.36, and then 06 and 36 mins past hour until 23.36.

Sundays (To London Victoria only) 08.42, and then 12 and 42 mins past hour until 23.44.

To and from London Bridge and Bedford - No direct services Saturdays & Sundays.

From London Victoria to East Grinstead stopping at Riddlesdown;

Times in brackets are the arrival times at Riddlesdown for departures on to Oxted & East Grinstead.

Weekdays: 05.20(05.49), 05.50(06.18), 06.20(06.48), 06.50(07.18), 07.20(07.48), 07.50(08.18), 08.20(08.48), 08.50(09.18), 09.20(09.48), and then 50(18) and 20(48) mins past the hour until 22.52(23.18), 23.22(23.48), 23.53(00.23 - to Oxted only).

Saturdays: 06.20(06.48), 06.50(07.18) and then 20(48)and 50(18) mins past hour until 23.53(00.23 - to Oxted only).

Sundays: 07.43(08.17), 08.51(09.17), 09.21(09.47), 09.51(10.17), and then 21(47) & 51(17) mins past hour until 22.51(23.17).

From Bedford (BDM) or Luton (LUT) via London St Pancras (STP) & London Bridge(LBG) to East Grinstead stopping at Riddlesdown;

Weekdays only: 15.49(LUT)(17.05); 16.06(BDM) at LBG 17.11(17.35); 16.32(BDM) at LBG 17.41(18.05); 17.21(LUT) at LBG 18.11(18.35); 17.28(BDM) at LBG 18.41(19.05); 17.56(BDM) at LBG 19.11(19.35).

From East Croydon to East Grinstead stopping at Riddlesdown;

Weekdays: 05.41(49), 06.10(18), 06.40(48), 07.10(18), 07.40(48), then 10(18) and 40(48) mins past hour until 16.55(05), 17.10(18), 17.25(35), 17.40(48), 17.56(05), 18.10(18), 18.25(35), 18.40(48), 18.55(05), 19.10(18), 19.25(35), 19.40(48), then 10(18)mins and 40(48) mins past hour until 00.14(23 - to Oxted only).

Saturdays: 06.40(06.48), 07.10(07.18) and then 40(48) and 10(18) mins past hour until 00.14(00.23) - to Oxted only).

Sundays: 08.09(08.17), 09.09(17), 09.39(47), and then 09(17) and 39(47) mins past the hour until 23.09(17).

Timetables are subject to change, so if in doubt, check with Southern Railway, Tfl or National Rail.

The above times are shown in good faith. If anyone notices any errors will you please contact the RRA. The RRA cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the above information.

Please check before travelling with the train operator and/or Network Rail.

Rail engineering works on the Riddlesdown line

Updated 3/7/21

The next engineering works affecting Riddlesdown station are ion Sunday 8 August.

More information about the engineering works on this Southern Rail link

Click on the relevant date.

However, when engineering works take place on the East Grinstead line (Riddlesdown) rail replacement buses will be run to Purley Station - but they will NOT serve Riddlesdown or Sanderstead Stations.

Replacement buses will run between Purley and Hurst Green calling at Upper Warlingham and Oxted. A shuttle bus service will operate between Woldingham and Upper Warlingham. No rail replacement buses will serve Sanderstead, or Riddlesdown. Change at Purley or East Croydon for trains to/from London.

Passengers at or for Sanderstead Station should use local bus route 403 between Beechwood Road / Mayfield Road bus stop and South Croydon, or West Croydon station, or use Purley Oaks as an alternative station, which is 0.3 miles away. But please note, Purley Oaks does not have step free access. Please contact Southern’s assisted travel team on 0800 138 1016 should you need step free access.

Passengers using Riddlesdown will have to get the 412 bus service from Mitchley Ave, (Lower Barn Rd stop) near to Buttermere Gardens (or from the Riddlesdown Collegiate stop near Ingleboro Drive) to Purley town centre (Tesco stop). Passengers will need to check the time of the buses from the Lower Barn Rd stop going westbound to Purley. Alternatively walking (or driving) to Purley Station is another option. Purley station is approximately a 20 minute walk from Riddlesdown station.

The 403 bus route can also be used from Limpsfield Rd (either the 'All Saints Church' stop by the roundabout, or the 'Sanderstead Recreation Ground' stop, or the 'Sanderstead Methodist Church' stop by Mitchley Hill) to South Croydon, or West Croydon stations. East Croydon Station can be walked to from the Park Lane/Wellesley Rd stops.

Southern rail tickets will be accepted on both the 412 and 403 buses.

Riddlesdown has been served with a replacement rail bus service for decades when engineering works have taken place but GTR starting using the 412 bus as an alternative rail replacement service since the beginning of this year. Although passengers are currently being told to make essential rail travel only, we believe more passengers will use the rail service in due course at weekends.

If any resident may need more assistance, Southern have an established accessibility policy to support those with access needs. Their assisted travel team would be happy to discuss any assistance which may be required to help in a journey during engineering works.  Full contact details are available here:


Download poster in pdf


The current Riddlesdown Southern Rail train timetables
(Scroll down to the Uckfield and East Grinstead to London link - No 29)

Thameslink timetables

(Scroll down to Bedford and Luton to London - No. 1
and also use Uckfield and East Grinstead to London - No. 29)

National Rail Enquiries: Tel: 03457 48 49 50


To check for Engineering Works on Southern

Southern Customer Services: Tel: 03451 27 29 20 (07.00 - 22.00 hrs)


Train Compensation

Season ticket compensation scheme for Thameslink trains from Riddlesdown (Additional industry compensation); Posted 20/7/18


Delay Repay compensation - Southern Rail


From 23 March 2013, the privately owned and voluntarily run Bluebell Railway will be connected to the national rail system at East Grinstead, meaning that Riddlesdown residents can get on a train from Riddlesdown Station and travel from Riddlesdown to East Grinstead and then transfer onto the Bluebell Railway.  

Further information and update reports: Link to Bluebell Railway

‘Tornado’ Steam Train Passes Through Riddlesdown - September 2013

Passenger Shelter - Riddlesdown Station

Update 8/6/21

We have received this update from the contractor working for GTR about the new all weather shelter at Riddlesdown Station that we posted about a few weeks ago. A meeting was recently held with RRA representatives. The narrowness of the platform at Riddlesdown has caused design issues (and with the other benches installed on the platform), but this new all weather shelter will be at the front end, on Platform 1. The scheme is being funded from the £80k Passenger Benefit fund for Riddlesdown;

 "We start on site this week with a view to getting the shelter installed either the last week of June or the first week in July. Works had to be postponed due to Network Rail (Landlord) permissions.

The shelter will be a large one and is bespoke to make the most of the small wedge of space available, so is asymmetric in shape. It will have at least two sets of the wooden benches that were requested as well as perch wooden benches and space for wheel chairs and people to stand if they wish. It will have lighting and the windows will also allow a lot of light.

We discussed at the meeting the reasoning for its location at the London End of the London Bound Platform. This is due mainly to the other end being a far greater engineering challenge (much much more costly). To build anything more than a lean-to would have meant eating back into the embankment and we almost definitely wouldn’t have got the permission. With the extremely narrow platforms the only option was to go off the back of the platform which is possible at the London end.  

The waiting room and toilets have also been refurbished with new padded benches and we hope you like the outcome. We have talked at length about opening these facilities for longer and even giving special access; but as with many other stations the risk of miscreants getting in when others enter or leave is too high – the damage they can and often do is huge and often very difficult to repair.

We have also added two perch benches to the platform. The narrowness of the platform meant that these were the only type of seating we could install legitimately as otherwise they would be too close to the edge and push people to walk nearer to the edge and nearer to the potential danger of fast passing trains. The perch seats are surprisingly comfy and aimed at people waiting 5-10 minutes. They are easier to sit down and get up from and often preferred by the less physically able. There are also two existing benches that have been there for many years which we have not touched."

Posted 7/4/21

In 2018 the Government fined Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) £15m following disruption to rail services and delivering an unacceptable service for passengers during that year. This money has been reinvested in a Passenger Benefit Fund to provide improvements for passengers at stations.

Thanks to this Passenger Benefit Fund Riddlesdown Station got £80,000 going towards;

Seating and refurbishment for waiting room

Seating for platform 1



Toilet improvements.

We have learnt from GTR that a new shelter and seating will soon be erected on platform 1 (the up line - near the front end of the trains) probably in April/May 2021 and as shown in the picture mock up.


Local Bus Route and Frequency

Bus 412 (Arriva) - Updated 17/1/20

The permanent changes happened in central Croydon to the 412 bus route on Saturday 2 November 2019, with the bus service no longer running between Katharine Street and West Croydon, (including the Whitgift Centre stops in Wellesley Rd) and vice versa.

As Michelle Wildish from TfL said at the RRA AGM in May, they are constantly reviewing all bus services in London. The way people travel around London is constantly changing and over the past five years usage of route 412 has dropped by 12 per cent. Unfortunately, it is the usual story - use it or lose it.

Frequency (approximately)

Weekdays & Saturdays: Daytime; 20 mins, Evenings; 30 mins.

Frequency Sundays; 30 mins.

Since the re-organisation of the route last November 2019, we understand there maybe confusion with some residents as to where the 412 bus route, which is the only bus service that serves Riddlesdown directly, starts and ends in Croydon town centre.

In summary the 412 Service is;
From Croydon, the 412 stands and starts in Katharine Street (by Queen’s Gardens - along with the 109 which goes towards West Croydon; 405 routes) and then travels via the Croydon Flyover in High Street, South End, Selsdon Rd, Upper Selsdon Rd, Addington Rd (stop for Selsdon), Rectory Park, Mitchley Ave, Downs Court Rd, Godstone Rd, Pampisford Rd & ends on Brighton Rd (High Street) opposite the Purley Hospital.

From Purley, the service is nearly in reverse direction starting from Purley Downlands Precint, (Brighton Rd) then left into Godstone Rd, Down Court Rd and terminates at the bus stand in Katharine Street, Croydon (by Queen’s Gardens).

The 412 route (and timetable) is on this TfL link:

612 (School Bus Service ONLY)

The 612 only runs on school days (Mon to Fri) and is 2 services in the morning (Selsdon to Wallington) and 2 services in the afternoon (Wallington to Selsdon).

The 612 route (and timetable) is on this TfL link

403 Bus route

For those close enough in Riddlesdown to be able to get to the Limpsfield Rd, the 403 is an alternative route which starts at Sainsbury's in Warlingham (travels via Limpsfeld Rd, Sanderstead) and terminates at the West Croydon Bus Station, and then vice versa from West Croydon Bus Station to Warlingham.

The 403 route (and timetable) is on this TfL link:

Planning a Journey

To Plan a bus, train, tram, tube, bike or walking journey from Riddlesdown, follow this link to the Tfl website and insert “Riddlesdown” in the “From” box. Link

London Bus Route Maps Link

Tfl - Customer Services: 0343 222 1234 - Link

Arriva London Tel 020 8271 0101 (0800-2000 Monday to Friday)

Website: www.arrivalondon.com/

(Sources: Trains: GTR/Southern Railway/Thameslink; Buses: Transport for London (TfL).

Timetables are subject to change, so if in doubt, check with Tfl or the Operator(s). The RRA cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the above information.

Fares on Public Transport

Transport for London (TfL) travel on the trams, buses, Docklands light railway (DLR) and London overground rail line

Trying to find the cheapest fare on public transport in London can be a complex issue!

For travel and the best fare method to use on the TfL buses, tram, DLR and the London Overground rail line (the nearest rail station is West Croydon) then click on the link below.

Note all TfL buses in London are now cash free.


Train tickets and fares from Riddlesdown Station

Riddlesdown Station is in London Zone 6 and is served by Southern and Thameslink trains which both come under the GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) franchise.

Upper Warlingham (although outside of the London Boroughs) is the last rail station in Zone 6 on our East Grinstead rail line.

For travel on Southern Rail trains go to this link for ticket information and advance purchase.

For travel on Thameslink trains go to this link for ticket information and advance purchase

National Rail also offer a ticket fare check/advance purchase for all rail franchises nationwide.

Since September 2014 you are able to use contactless cards on the tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Further details on this TfL link

Generally contactless cards and Oyster are the cheapest fares in London and the fares are capped. More information on this TfL link

Unfortunately the ticket office at Riddlesdown Station – with the ticket clerk required to sell the best value ticket at each transaction is not open very often these days. Ticket buying can now be done at a ticket vending machine (TVM) – which also allows the collection of tickets bought on line. Riddlesdown has two TVM’s, one on each platform. When it is used to select tickets many options are available. However it maybe be best to purchase the ticket on line first and collect it from the TVM at Riddlesdown. You then have the option of seeing all the fares available structure. Buying a ticket for a child(ren) maybe best done this way.

The London Freedom Pass

This Pass is supplied by the London Councils (all the London Boroughs and City of London) to residents of London.

There are two types of Freedom Pass.

1. The Disabled Pass is available to anybody with a qualifying disability (see website for full list) who lives in a London Borough and is part of the National disability scheme.

2. The Older Persons Freedom Pass is available to residents of a London Borough who have reached the state pension age.

Validity  London :

More information and how to apply;

60+ Concessionary Travel Scheme:

The former London Mayor, Boris Johnson, introduced a new 60+ Concessionary Travel Scheme using a variation of the Oystercard from 1 November 2012 for those people over 60 years of age who no longer qualify for a London Freedom Pass. The pass will have the same validity as a Freedom Pass. Further details from the Tfl website or Tfl application page


Essential Water Main Works on Godstone Road, Purley - A22


Updated 24/5/20

It has has been advertised that the planned road closure, from Tuesday 26 May 2020, of the Godstone Rd (A22) near to the Tesco store by SES Water for water a new water main, has now been deferred. A current new date has not yet been advised

We understand Croydon Council will be pushing for the works to be carried out during the 6 week school summer holiday, after consultations have been undertaken with all agencies.

These works have to be done at some time and in our view this is just delaying the inevitable until next year, when traffic levels will probably be much higher than at present!

SES have more information on their website

A22 (Godstone Rd) - Red route proposals to commence in

February 2021

Updated 24/7/21

Transport for London (TfL) consulted with residents and stakeholders in the summer of 2017 about proposals to changes to the double and single line red route on the A22 (Godstone Rd) from Foxley Hill Road to Old Barn Lane (at the Borough boundary to Whyteleafe).

Following careful consideration of the consultation responses received, TfL have decided to proceed with the scheme as proposed, with the some alterations. These works will commence ion 1 February 2021 and will run to June 2021. Their full report is on this link

TfL advise- Works now generally complete except for snagging.

Information from Croydon Council about some road works

Updated 24/5/21

Link to all of Croydon’s planned Road works (and further afield) on OneNetwork

Cappella Court, Brighton Rd - Diversion

New 24/7/21

Works are being carried out to the building of Capella Court (the building on the 'roundabout' by the Purley Oaks recycling centre). This is from 24 July until 7 August. This will mean there is no right turn on the 'roundabout' slip road to go towards Croydon (on the Brighton Rd (A235) from Riddlesdown Rd and if doing a U turn out of the Purley Oaks HRRC.

The official diversion route published by the Council is; "A235 Brighton Rd, the A22 Purley Rd and the A23 Brighton Rd".

No doubt local residents will find their own diversion routes!!

Flood Prevention Works in Riddlesdown to go ahead from Monday 26 July until 31 August 2021


The Council will be starting the flood alleviation works in Riddlesdown on Monday 26 July and will run until 31 August 2021. There will be traffic disruption at times during this period on Mitchley Ave by the junction to Lower Barn Rd with temporary traffic lights in place. It appears from  One Network that Lower Barn Rd will be closed at the junction to Mitchley Ave during this period.

E10 Fuel (Petrol)

New 21/6/21

Plans are afoot for E10 fuel to become the standard grade of petrol at fuel stations across the UK from September 2021.

E10 is a biofuel made up of 90% regular unleaded and 10% ethanol – hence the E10 name. Current petrol grades in the UK contain up to 5% bioethanol, known as E5.

There is more information on this link to the RAC with another link in the article to a Government website to check if your vehicle can run on E10 petrol.  As many as 600,000 vehicles aren’t compatible with this type of fuel.  It does not affect diesel vehicles.

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