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Written by Paul Bowery - 01 Jan 2004
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Location notes
On the Brighton Main Line between East Croydon and Redhill.
Railway type and traffic
Mostly passenger services between London and the South coast via Gatwick Airport, also local suburban units. Freight consists of aggregate trains from the adjacent stone terminal.
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Fairly busy station in an urban area. No automatic barriers but staff often check tickets at the entrance so it may be necessary to buy a ticket to get to the platforms.
Road directions
From the one-way system where the A23 and A22 meet, follow the signs for the A235 (Brighton Road) towards South Croydon. Take the first right, then turn right again when you get to Whytecliffe Road. The station is on the left, opposite the multi storey car park.

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Purley map co-ordinates
There is a short stay multi storey car park opposite the main entrance.
Public transport
There are frequent trains from London and East Croydon, also two trains per hour from the south via Redhill.

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Close to Purley town centre which has the usual shops and fast food outlets, also there is a large Tesco superstore nearby. Toilets on the station platforms.
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Photographic notes
The stone terminal is located next to platform 6, and is busiest in the mornings before 11am, usually 3-4 Class 59 or 60 locos can be seen. The northern ends of the platforms have clear views of the main lines, with not too much platform furniture. Platforms 1&2 are used for fast trains, including Gatwick Express; 3&4 for stopping services via Redhill, and 5&6 for local services to Caterham and Tattenham Corner.

General views - All photographs © Paul Bowery unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

The centre tracks are usually used for any freight or other unusual trains. From this area of platforms 4/5 it is possible to see trains approaching from the north, and also the signal for north bound traffic so there is plenty of warning when trains are approaching.

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Looking southeast towards the stone terminal from the far end of platforms 4/5. The sun can be a problem here on bright mornings.

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