It was the arrival of trains to Thornton Heath in 1862 that turned the formerly tiny farm settlement into a thriving suburb that would eventually connect up with other similar areas to link London and Croydon. Nowadays, the red-brick Thornton Heath station is a busy commuter hub on the Brighton mainline, seeing almost three million journeys each year with services to and from London Victoria, London Bridge, Croydon, Epsom, and Milton Keynes Central. Typical journey times to Victoria and London Bridge are around 20 minutes and 40 minutes respectively.
Emerging from Thornton Heath station, you'll find local shops and amenities along Brigstock Road and High Street. Buses from here connect you with routes north to Norbury, Streatham, Camberwell, and Sydenham and south to Croydon and Shirley. Thornton Heath is also one of the nearest train stations to Crystal Palace FC's Selhurst Park stadium - about 15 minutes' walk away.
There are a total of four platforms at Thornton Heath, but only two are accessible to passengers. On the main concourse, there's a ticket counter and machines. On from the concourse, there's step free access to a series of footbridges and access to the platforms via stairs or lifts. Platform 2 has a coffee shop, waiting room and toilet facilities. When the main concourse is closed, there's a side entrance to the right of the main doors.