Merton Park railway station

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Merton Park
Merton Park railway station in 1997
Location
Place Merton Park
Local authority Merton
History
Opened by Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon Railway
Platforms 3
Key dates Opened 1 October 1868
Closed 2 June 1997
Replaced by Merton Park tram stop
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Merton Park railway station was a railway station in Merton, Surrey (now southwest London), serving both the West Croydon to Wimbledon Line and the Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon Railway. Closed in 1997, part of the site now serves as a tram stop on the New Addington to Wimbledon line of the Tramlink network.

History[edit]

A 1912 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Merton Park station, including the Merton Branch

The station opened as part of the newly constructed Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon Railway on 1 October 1868 at the junction with the preexisting West Croydon to Wimbledon Line. Initially named Lower Merton, it was renamed Merton Park on 1 September 1887.[1]

Two platforms served the new line via Merton Abbey to Tooting Junction station with a third entering service on 1 November 1870 to serve the single track West Croydon to Wimbledon Line.

The Tooting platforms were suspended from use between 1 January 1917 and 27 August 1923 as a wartime cost-saving measure, eventually closing permanently on 3 March 1929 when the line was closed to passengers.[1] Continuing in use for freight services through to the mid-1970s, the track was eventually lifted and most of the platforms fenced off. Limited passenger access was maintained, however, as it was necessary to cross both platforms and the intervening trackbed to reach platform 3 and the West Croydon to Wimbledon Line. Initially, a wooden walkway was laid across the trackbed, eventually replaced with a raised earth walkway.

Access to the station buildings was via the single entrance on Rutlish Road, a public footpath running alongside the line from (now demolished) signal box at the Kingston Road level crossing providing an alternative route for pedestrians.

Merton Park station continued to serve the West Croydon to Wimbledon Line until its withdrawal from service on 31 May 1997 for conversion into part of the Tramlink system[2] (Route 3 – New Addington to Wimbledon). Merton Park tram stop now overlaps the site of the original station, the tram lines occupying the site of the trackbed and platform of the old line.

The original station building has been converted into a private house, forming part of a small housing development covering some of the original station site.

Part of the nearby long public footbridge (crossing both lines to provide access to playing fields from Dorset Road) is now located at Corfe Castle station on the Swanage Railway[3][4] following its removal on closure of the Croydon line.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Wimbledon   Southern Railway
Merton Branch
  Merton Abbey
  Network SouthEast
West Croydon to Wimbledon Line
  Morden Road

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 51°24′48″N 0°12′02″W / 51.4134°N 0.2006°W / 51.4134; -0.2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 150, 158. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Railway Magazine (IPC Media) 148: 51. 2002. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  3. ^ Wright, Andrew. "PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD PLAQUE INSTALLED AT CORFE CASTLE ON 26th OCTOBER 2008". Swanage Railway. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Wright, Andrew. "EX-STRATEGIC RAIL AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN OFFICIALLY OPENS CORFE CASTLE'S HISTORIC VICTORIAN RAILWAY FOOTBRIDGE ON 28th APRIL 2007". Swanage Railway. Retrieved 31 August 2011.