Leatherhead railway station

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Leatherhead National Rail
Leatherhead
The entrance to Leatherhead railway station
Location
Place Leatherhead
Local authority Mole Valley
Coordinates 51°17′56″N 0°19′59″W / 51.299°N 0.333°W / 51.299; -0.333Coordinates: 51°17′56″N 0°19′59″W / 51.299°N 0.333°W / 51.299; -0.333
Grid reference TQ163568
Operations
Station code LHD
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   1.338 million
2005/06 Increase 1.414 million
2006/07 Increase 1.584 million
2007/08 Increase 1.825 million
2008/09 Increase 1.886 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.876 million
2010/11 Increase 1.978 million
2011/12 Increase 2.044 million
2012/13 Increase 2.103 million
History
Original company London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Pre-grouping London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
4 March 1867 Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Leatherhead from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Leatherhead railway station is in Surrey, England. It is managed by Southern, which provides train services along with South West Trains.

It is at the junction of the Sutton & Mole Valley Line with the branch to Effingham Junction on the New Guildford Line.

History[edit]

The present station, a grade II listed building,[1] is one of three that have served Leatherhead. Both the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) and the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) had plans to build a railway line into Leatherhead, and an agreement was reached that one would build the line on condition that the other was granted equal running rights over it. However, each company built its own station a few hundred yards apart from each other: the LBSCR on its line to Dorking and Horsham and the LSWR on its line to Guildford. The lines through the two stations met a short distance to the north, and the joint line continued towards Epsom.

A 1903 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (right) railways in the vicinity of Leatherhead (current station is marked L.B.&S.C.)

Following the Grouping of 1923, the LBSCR and LSWR both became part of the Southern Railway, and having two stations was deemed unnecessary, so in 1927 the LSWR line from Guildford was diverted to join the LBSCR line to the south of the LBSCR station.

The first station in Leatherhead was that of the Epsom and Leatherhead Railway, which opened on 1 February 1859.[2] This was replaced by the LSWR station, 880 yards (805 m) to the south, on 2 February 1885.[2] The LBSCR station, opened on 1 March 1867[2] is the one that survives, although the stationmaster's house, an integral part of the main building, is boarded up along with the building on Platform 2. The LSWR station closed on 10 July 1927,[2] and fell into greater and greater disrepair, and the old line was finally removed in the 1980s. All that remains are part of the steps up from road level to platform level.

In the 1930s, it was planned to extend the new line to Chessington to Leatherhead. However, World War II caused this to be put on hold, and a subsequent protection order on Ashtead Common meant that this was never built. The land reserved through North Leatherhead for the railway was subsequently used for construction of the M25 motorway.

Ticket barriers were installed in 2011.

Services[edit]

Up platform buildings.

Leatherhead station is seen by both South West Trains and Southern.

The typical off-peak service pattern on Monday to Saturday is four trains per hour to Dorking (one of which continues to Horsham), two per hour to Guildford, four to London Waterloo and two to London Victoria.

Bus services[edit]

London Buses routes 465 and 468 serve Leatherhead station.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ashtead   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Line
  Box Hill & Westhumble
Southern
Peak periods only
Bookham
Ashtead   South West Trains
Mole Valley Line
  Dorking
South West Trains
Mole Valley Line
Peak Hours Only
Box Hill and Westhumble
South West Trains
Mole Valley Line
Bookham branch
Bookham

References[edit]

  1. ^ britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
  2. ^ a b c d Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 140. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 

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