Elm Grove tube station

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Elm Grove
Proposed Location of Elm Grove station.png
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Elm Grove is located in Greater London
Elm Grove
Elm Grove
Location of Elm Grove in Greater London
LocationWimbledon
OwnerNever built
Railway companies
Original companyWimbledon and Sutton Railway
Other information
WGS8451°24′58″N 0°12′51″W / 51.416144°N 0.214094°W / 51.416144; -0.214094Coordinates: 51°24′58″N 0°12′51″W / 51.416144°N 0.214094°W / 51.416144; -0.214094
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Elm Grove or Tennis Ground was an authorised railway station planned by the Wimbledon and Sutton Railway (W&SR) and Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL) but never built. It was to be located near Elm Grove in Wimbledon, in south-west London.

Plan[edit]

The station was to have been built on the W&SR's planned surface railway line in Surrey (now south-west London) from Wimbledon to Sutton.[1] The station was to be adjacent to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club's original grounds.[2] The construction of the railway was approved in 1910.[3] In 1911 the UERL agreed to provide funding for the line's construction and to operate its train services by extending the UERL's District Railway (DR) from Wimbledon station.[4]

Delays in the purchase of land along the railway's route and the outbreak of war prevented the works from commencing and the permission was extended several times with a final extension granted in 1922.[5] Following the war, the UERL presented new proposals to construct an extension of the City and South London Railway (C&SLR, now part of the Northern line) from Clapham Common to Morden in tunnel where it would come to the surface and join the W&SR route. Both DR and C&SLR trains would run to Sutton.[6][7][8] The plan to extend the C&SLR was opposed by the Southern Railway (SR), the operator of the mainline services through Wimbledon and Sutton. A settlement between the companies agreed that the extension of the C&SLR would end at Morden and the W&SR would be taken over and its route would be constructed by the SR.[9]

When the Wimbledon to Sutton line was constructed by the SR in the late 1920s, Elm Grove was omitted from the line's stations with the nearest station being to the south at Wimbledon Chase.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson 1966, p. 676.
  2. ^ Wilson 2008, p. 10.
  3. ^ "No. 28402". The London Gazette. 29 July 1910. p. 5498.
  4. ^ Jackson 1966, p. 677.
  5. ^ "No. 32750". The London Gazette. 26 September 1922. p. 6846.
  6. ^ "No. 32769". The London Gazette. 21 November 1922. pp. 8233–8234.
  7. ^ "No. 32769". The London Gazette. 21 November 1922. pp. 8230–8233.
  8. ^ "No. 32770". The London Gazette. 24 November 1922. pp. 8314–8315.
  9. ^ Jackson 1966, p. 678.
  10. ^ Wilson 2008, p. 12.

Bibliography[edit]

  Abandoned Plans  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Sutton
District line
towards Barking or Edgware Road