Raynes Park railway station

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Raynes Park
National Rail
Raynes Park railway station in 2008.jpg
Raynes Park is located in Greater London
Raynes Park
Raynes Park
Location of Raynes Park in Greater London
Location Raynes Park
Local authority Merton
Managed by South West Trains
Station code RAY
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 2.359 million[1]
2005–06 Decrease 2.287 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 4.326 million[1]
2007–08 Decrease 3.999 million[1]
2008–09 Decrease 3.860 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 3.797 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 4.008 million[1]
2011-12 Increase 4.200 million[1]
2012-13 Increase 4.370 million[1]
Key dates
30 October 1871 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°24′34″N 0°13′48″W / 51.4094°N 0.2299°W / 51.4094; -0.2299
Plymouth - Waterloo express passing in 1964

Raynes Park railway station is in the London Borough of Merton in South London. The station is served by South West Trains, and is in Travelcard Zone 4. The large commuter population in the area who use the station predominantly travel to and from London Waterloo on weekdays.

History[edit]

The railway station at Raynes Park was opened on 30 October 1871 on the London & South Western Railway (L&SWR) line that ran from its terminus at London Waterloo to Woking and beyond. The main line runs approximately east-west with the through lines (fast lines) through the middle with no platforms.

Raynes Park station is the junction station where the lines to Epsom (and then onto Dorking or Guildford) and Chessington South branch off from the mainline to Woking and beyond.

When originally built the route to Epsom joined with the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) at Epsom for the double track line from Ashtead to Leatherhead. From where the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) headed to Effingham Junction and on to Guildford. (The LBSCR headed to Dorking North and then Horsham).

The Chessington branch splits from the Epsom line at Motspur Park (the first station after Raynes Park). The Chessington Branch was a very late arrival, constructed in 1938-9, which never reached through to its planned destination of Leatherhead.

One distinct feature of the station is the long footbridge over the 4 tracks of the main line which is set at an angle because of the offset of the platforms. This stands out as the mainline is on a fairly high embankment (allowing local roads and the Epsom line to pass beneath). Passenger access to the station is via subway at street level on either side of the mainline.

There was originally a LSWR mechanical signal box on the far south opposite platforms 1 and 2, but was demolished and replaced by modern automated signalling equipment many years ago.

Raynes Park goods yard was in and beyond the notch between Platforms 3 and 4, and was accessed from the Epsom lines. It did not push right up into the point of the V though. The goods yard is no longer in use and is now occupied by local manufacturing firms.

Platforms and infrastructure[edit]

The station has four platforms on two islands, 1 and 2 on the Up lines, and 3 and 4 on the Down lines.

  • Platform 1 is an eastbound platform for services to London Waterloo that have originated from Guildford, Dorking (both via Epsom) or Chessington South.
  • Platform 2 is an eastbound platform for services to London Waterloo that have originated from Waterloo (via Strawberry Hill on the Kingston loop), Hampton Court or Shepperton.
  • Platform 3 is a westbound platform for trains to Waterloo (via Strawberry Hill on the Kingston loop), Hampton Court or Shepperton.
  • Platform 4 is a south-westbound platform for trains to Guildford, Dorking (both via Worcester Park and Epsom) or Chessington South.

There are no platforms for the two central fast tracks on the mainline.

The Epsom to London line, arriving from the south-west, passes under the four mainline tracks to the west of the station and then curves up and right to platform 1. Beyond the platforms it makes a trailing junction onto the Up Slow line to Waterloo. Opposite platform 2 the Down Epsom line branches off the Down Slow mainline to arrive at platform 4, on the left side of a V formed with platform 3. The line then drops away to the south to parallel the Up Epsom line after the station. The Down Slow continues straight ahead on the right hand side of the V to platform 3.

Services[edit]

Services from the station to destinations served are very frequent throughout the whole day, with weekend services running at a similar frequency. Almost all of the services either start or terminate at London Waterloo.

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

The station also benefits from a good late evening and early morning services to London Waterloo. Weekday services to London Waterloo start at 5:13 with the last direct train at 23:58. The first weekday services from London Waterloo arrive at 5:31 with the last service arriving at 1:07am. Journey time to and from London Waterloo is approximately 23-24 minutes.[2]

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Refurbishment[edit]

Raynes Park railway station was refurbished between March 2009 and July 2009. The refurbishment programme involved constructing a new entrance, ticket office and gateline, and converting the previous ticket office into a new retail unit. Automatic ticket gates were installed at all of the exits to the station, which allowed the station to accept the Oyster "Pay as you go" electronic ticketing system from January 2010.[3][4] Waiting rooms, toilets, and platform areas were also refurbished to improve passenger safety and comfort.

Death in 2007[edit]

At around 6.00am on 5 March 2007, Worcester Park resident Daniel Connell was found dead on Platform 4.[5] His body was discovered by a passenger who alerted a newspaper seller, who then called the police. According to the police, Mr Connell was in accident and emergency at Kingston Hospital on Sunday night, but had discharged himself and made his way to the station. Rumours that the man had been stabbed were denied by police.

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