Mitcham Eastfields railway station

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Mitcham Eastfields
National Rail
Mitcham Eastfields stn building.JPG
Station building, to the north of the level crossing on Eastfields Road (platforms staggered)
Mitcham Eastfields is located in Greater London
Mitcham Eastfields
Mitcham Eastfields
Location of Mitcham Eastfields in Greater London
Location Eastfields and Mitcham
Local authority London Borough of Merton
Managed by Southern
Station code MTC
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 0.199 million[2]
2009–10 Increase 0.302 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 0.443 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 0.620 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.751 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company Network Rail
Key dates
2 June 2008 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°24′28″N 0°09′17″W / 51.4077°N 0.1547°W / 51.4077; -0.1547

Mitcham Eastfields (initially known as Eastfields during planning and construction)[3] is a railway station in London, United Kingdom, which opened on 2 June 2008.[4] The station is located at Eastfields Road level crossing,[3] in an area previously poorly served by public transport. The nearest station was Mitcham Junction, which along with Mitcham tram stop, was over a mile away from the district.[5] It is in fare zone 3.[6]

History[edit]

Proposals for the station have apparently existed since the 1930s.[3] Planning permission was granted by the London Borough of Merton in August 2007.[7] Construction started in October 2007. Following consultation, there were hopes to have the station open by December 2007.

The opening was originally scheduled for 19 May 2008 but that date was subsequently put back because Network Rail did not feel the station would be ready until early June.[8] The opening was then planned for the morning of Monday 2 June, but in the event it was delayed till the afternoon by safety inspections. It finally opened at 16:00 and the first train arrived at 16:11.

Design[edit]

The station cost £6m, and was the second station to be built to a modular design developed by Network Rail, which is also used at Corby railway station and Greenhithe railway station which was the first to be constructed.[9] The platforms are 170 m long, with a building on the up (northbound) platform. The platforms are arranged so that each is situated beyond the level crossing in the direction of travel, allowing the crossing to be reopened while trains are stopped at the station, minimising the disruption to road traffic. However this means that passengers must cross Eastfields Road (no controlled crossing at present) if they wish to purchase a ticket on the northbound side and then travel southbound. The footbridge on the southbound side only allows safe movement over the railway and not the road.

Services[edit]

Mitcham Eastfields station is served by Southern trains to and from Victoria, and by First Capital Connect trains on the Sutton Loop of Thameslink.[3][6] The current journey time on this line between Mitcham Junction station and Streatham is six minutes. London Victoria can be reached in just over 15 minutes.

The typical off-peak train service per hour is:

During the peak hours trains from Mitcham Eastfields also travel to Dorking and Horsham.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Balham   Southern
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
  Mitcham Junction
Streatham
Streatham   First Capital Connect
Sutton Loop
  Mitcham Junction

Connections[edit]

London Buses Routes 152 and 463 serve the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Network Map". Southern. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ a b c d "Merton Council gives green light to Eastfields railway station" (Press release). London Borough of Merton. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Mitcham Eastfields station to open today - LATEST". Southern Railway. Retrieved 2 June 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Eastfields Station". TFL. 11 March 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "London Connections map". ATOC. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Residents' questions answered on new Eastfields station" (Press release). London Borough of Merton. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "First Capital Connect - Mitcham Eastfields station". Retrieved 20 May 2008. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Modular station opens this month". Railway Gazette International. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2008. 

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