Motspur Park railway station
Location of Motspur Park in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Merton|
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|12 July 1925||Opened|
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Motspur Park railway station is a suburban station in the London Borough of Merton in South London. The station is served by South West Trains, and is in Travelcard Zone 4. It is 6 stops and 22 minutes from Waterloo, and inbound trains take 24 to 27 minutes travel to Waterloo.
The station stands atop a railway embankment off a service road behind the parade of shops on West Barnes Lane. The shops and surrounding streets on both sides of the line are known as Motspur Park. There is also footpath access from Claremont Avenue on the western side.
The station is a single island platform reached by footbridge from either side of the track. The station retains its original Southern Railway buildings in the centre of the platform.
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The railway itself was constructed through the locality in 1859 but the Motspur Park station was not added until 1925.
On 6 November 1947, there was a train crash at Motspur Park junction, around 700 metres south of the station which killed 4 and injured 12. In foggy conditions, a train was incorrectly authorized by a fogman to pass a danger signal, and collided with another train that was crossing the line in front of it.
A small newspaper kiosk once stood on the West Barnes Lane side on the approach road, but this was demolished in the 1970s and has been replaced by a prefabricated travel agency office that later became a minicab office.
A signal box once stood at the western trackside approximately 50 yards from the southern end of the platform but this was also demolished (1992) when the level crossing changed to CCTV type controlled from Wimbledon Area Signalling Centre. The earlier manually operated gates were operated by a wheel turned by the signalman from within the box.
The typical off-peak service from the station is 6 trains per hour northbound to London Waterloo, 2 trains per hour to Guildford, 2 trains per hour to Dorking and 2 trains per hour to Chessington South.
Although both platforms have been extended to allow the use of ten-car trains, no date has been announced by South West Trains for their introduction as at December 2014.
Under Transport for London's plans for Crossrail 2, Motspur Park has been chosen as a hub station to serve Malden Manor, Tolworth and Chessington North on the Chessington Branch Line as well as Worcester Park, Stoneleigh and Ewell West on the Mole Valley Line. Crossrail trains are not planned to stop at those stations.
London Buses route K5 serve the station.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Ministry of Transport; Lt Col G.R.S. Wilson (1948). Report on the Collision at Motspur Park Junction. HMSO.
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Mole Valley Line
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