Wandsworth Common railway station
Location of Wandsworth Common in Greater London
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The West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway (WELCR) opened the first Wandsworth Common slightly to the north of the present station on 1 December 1856. From the outset the line was worked by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR), and then only ran from Crystal Palace to Wandsworth Common. There were plans to extend it to join with the London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) main line nearby, thereby providing access to London Waterloo railway station, but these were rejected by that railway. The (WELCR) therefore extended its line to Battersea Wharf, and it was purchased by the LB&SCR in 1859,.
The station was resited by the LB&SCR to its present location, opening 1 November 1869 as part of works to widen the line, and improve the route between East Croydon and Victoria. Further remodelling of the line was undertaken in 1890 to increase capacity.
The lines through the station to Crystal Palace were electrified in 1910, by means of the LB&SCR 'Elevated Electric' overhead system. Work on electrifying the remaining services through the station had begun in 1913 but was interrupted by the First World War and not completed until 1925. By this time the LB&SCR was absorbed into the Southern Railway following the 1921 Railways Act.
Upon privatisation in the 1990s, the national rail lines came under the Connex South Central franchise, which was replaced by the current operator in 2000.
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
- 10 to London Victoria
- 2 to London Bridge via Crystal Palace and Forest Hill
- 2 to Caterham via Norbury and East Croydon
- 2 to Sutton via Crystal Palace and West Croydon.
- 2 to Sutton via Norbury and West Croydon
- 1 to Epsom Downs via Norbury, West Croydon and Sutton
- 1 to Epsom via Norbury, West Croydon and Sutton
- 1 to Milton Keynes Central via Shepherd's Bush and Wembley Central
- 1 to South Croydon
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Brighton Main Line
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Body, Geoffrey (1989). Railways of Southern Region. Wellingborough: Patrick stephens Ltd. p. 206. ISBN 1-85260-297-X.
- Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. pp. 53–9. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8.
- Turner, (1978) p.250.
- Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. p. 84. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1.
- Moodie, G.T. (1968). Southern Electric 1909-1968=Ian Allan. pp. 7, 23.
- Moodie, (1968) p.25.
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