Morden South railway station

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Morden South
National Rail
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Morden South is located in Greater London
Morden South
Morden South
Location of Morden South in Greater London
Location Morden
Local authority Merton
Managed by First Capital Connect
Station code MDS
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 23,496[1]
2005–06 Increase 27,263[1]
2006–07 Increase 71,888[1]
2007–08 Increase 80,439[1]
2008–09 Decrease 72,322[1]
2009–10 Decrease 69,990[1]
2010–11 Increase 79,772[1]
2011–12 Increase 85,238[1]
2012–13 Increase 87,638[1]
Key dates
1930 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°23′47″N 0°11′56″W / 51.3965°N 0.199°W / 51.3965; -0.199

Morden South railway station is in Morden in the London Borough of Merton. The station is served by First Capital Connect trains, and is on the Thameslink loop. It is in Travelcard Zone 4.

The station is very close to the Bait-ul-Futuh Mosque.

History[edit]

Parliamentary approval for a line from Wimbledon to Sutton had been obtained by the Wimbledon and Sutton Railway (W&SR) in 1910 but work had been delayed by World War I.[2] From the W&SR's inception, the District Railway (DR) was a shareholder of the company and had rights to run trains over the line when built. In the 1920s, the London Electric Railway (LER, precursor of London Underground) planned, through its ownership of the DR, to use part of the route for an extension of the City and South London Railway (C&SLR, now the Northern line) to Sutton.[2] The SR objected and an agreement was reached that enabled the C&SLR to extend as far as Morden in exchange for the LER giving up its rights over the W&SR route. The SR subsequently built the line, one of the last to be built in the London area. The station opened on 5 January 1930 when full services on the line were extended from South Merton.[2]

Formerly, a siding served an Express Dairies bottling plant adjacent to the station. Until closure in 1992 milk trains delivered milk to the plant for bottling and distribution. The station staff were responsible for handling the switching points to enable these trains to depart from the main line. Shunting was latterly undertaken by Hunslet Engine Company "Yardmaster" locomotive No.HE5308/60 named David.[3] The bottling plant closed in 1992.[4]

Connections[edit]

London Buses Routes 80, 93 and 154 serve the station.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station is 2 trains per hour to Wimbledon (clockwise around the loop) and 2 trains per hour to Sutton (anticlockwise).

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
St. Helier   First Capital Connect
Sutton Loop
  South Merton
  Southern
Sutton Loop
Peak hours only
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ a b c Jackson, Alan A. (December 1966). "The Wimbledon & Sutton Railway – A late arrival on the South London suburban scene". The Railway Magazine: 675–680. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/28083135@N06/5373989780/
  4. ^ "News in Brief - Northern Foods to axe 400 jobs". The Guardian: 13. 15 April 1992. Retrieved 2009-05-18.