Herne Hill railway station is a passenger railway station in Lambeth,
South London. Opened on 25 August 1862 by the London, Chatham and Dover
Railway, the station was an important interchange for passengers
travelling between London and continental Europe for many decades;
direct rail services were available to the Kent coast and London
Victoria, the City of London and King's Cross. The arrival of the
railways transformed Herne Hill from a wealthy suburb with large
residential estates into a densely populated urban area; the number of
residents increased five-fold in the decade after the station’s
opening as workers took advantage of the fast and cheap trains to
central London (some services cost as little as a penny per journey).
Today, the station is served by two commuter routes and used by more
than 2.6 million passengers a year. The original building, which is
still in use, has been praised for its architectural quality and was
Grade II listed in 1998.
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