Chessington South railway station
Location of Chessington South in Greater London
|Local authority||Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames|
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||2 (1 in use)|
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Chessington South railway station is in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in Greater London, England, the terminus of the Chessington branch. It is served by South West Trains, and is 13.91 mi (22.39 km) from London Waterloo, in Travelcard Zone 6. It is the station for visitors to Chessington World of Adventures.
The station was built by the architect James Robb Scott in 1939 as a through station on the line being built to Leatherhead. Construction of the line stopped, never to be resumed, on the outbreak of World War II and the up platform was never used for passenger trains. There was a goods yard beyond the passenger station. After the continuation to Leatherhead was abandoned, part was used from the mid-1960s to the end of the 1980s for a coal concentration depot. Today the line south of the station and the sidings to the coal depot are buried under trees.
The ticket office is at rail level. There is one automated ticket machine at surface level, and a permit to travel machine adjacent to the ticket office.
South West Trains operates all services. The service interval is 30 minutes during both peak and off-peak hours. All trains run to or from London Waterloo, calling at all intermediate stations (except Queenstown Road which has platforms on only the Windsor Line). The journey to Waterloo takes 37 minutes. Services usually use Class 455 or 456 EMUs, although a Class 450 is used on occasion.
In common with the 16 hourly off-peak closer commuter services to/from London Waterloo calling at Earlsfield railway station and all intermittent London stations all managed by South West Trains, trains must stop at every intermittent station. There are no fast services available to mid distance destinations, which gives overcapacity towards the suburban terminus (Chessington) due to the longer journey time and overcrowding during the inner city phase of journeys. This situation can be contrasted to some other routes to destinations just outside Greater London where there are fewer stops at stations nearer to central London.
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|Chessington North||South West Trains
Chessington Branch Line
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- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Chessington Branch Line timetable South West Trains Retrieved 2009-06-13
- "10-car SWT hangs in balance". Modern Railways (London): p. 52. December 2010.
- e.g. New Southern Railway's Tonbridge, Reigate and East Grinstead services which until leaving London only call at Clapham Junction and at East Croydon.