Merton Park railway station

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Merton Park
Merton Park railway station in 1997.jpg
Merton Park railway station in 1997
Merton Park is located in Greater London
Merton Park
Merton Park
Location of Merton Park in Greater London
LocationMerton Park
Local authorityMerton
OwnerTooting, Merton and Wimbledon Railway
Number of platforms3
Key dates
1 October 1868 (1868-10-01)Opened
2 June 1997 (1997-06-02)Closed
Replaced byMerton Park tram stop
Other information
WGS84Coordinates: 51°24′48″N 0°12′02″W / 51.4134°N 0.2006°W / 51.4134; -0.2006
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Merton Park railway station was a railway station in Merton, Surrey, serving both the West Croydon to Wimbledon Line and the Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon Railway. Closed in 1997, part of the site now serves as a tram stop on the Wimbledon branch of the Tramlink network.

History[edit]

A 1912 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Merton Park station, including the Merton Branch

The station opened as part of the newly constructed Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon Railway on 1 October 1868 at the junction with the existing West Croydon to Wimbledon Line. Initially named Lower Merton, it was renamed Merton Park on 1 September 1887.[1]

Two platforms served the new line via Merton Abbey to Tooting Junction station with a third entering service on 1 November 1870 to serve the single track West Croydon to Wimbledon Line.

The Tooting platforms were suspended from use between 1 January 1917 and 27 August 1923 as a wartime cost-saving measure, eventually closing permanently on 3 March 1929 when the line was closed to passengers.[1] Continuing in use for freight services through to 1975 after which the track was eventually lifted and most of the platforms fenced off. Limited passenger access was maintained, however, as it was necessary to cross both platforms and the intervening trackbed to reach platform 3 and the West Croydon to Wimbledon Line. Initially, a wooden walkway was laid across the trackbed, eventually replaced with a raised earth walkway.

Access to the station buildings was via the single entrance on Rutlish Road, a public footpath running alongside the line from (now demolished) signal box at the Kingston Road level crossing providing an alternative route for pedestrians.

Closure and Tramlink[edit]

Merton Park railway station during construction of Tramlink and prior to restoration as private residence

Merton Park station continued to serve the West Croydon to Wimbledon Line until its withdrawal from service after the last train on 31 May 1997 and conversion into a stop on the Wimbledon branch of the Tramlink network.[2] Merton Park tram stop now overlaps the site of the original station, the tram lines occupying the site of the trackbed and platform of the old line.

The original station building has been converted into a private house, forming part of a small housing development covering some of the original station site.

Part of the nearby long public footbridge (crossing both lines to provide access to playing fields from Dorset Road) is now located at Corfe Castle station on the Swanage Railway[3][4] following its removal on closure of the Croydon line.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Wimbledon   Southern Railway
Merton Branch
  Merton Abbey
  Connex South Central
West Croydon to Wimbledon Line
  Morden Road

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 150, 158. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ The Railway Magazine. IPC Media. 148: 51. 2002. ISSN 0033-8923. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Wright, Andrew. "PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD PLAQUE INSTALLED AT CORFE CASTLE ON 26th OCTOBER 2008". Swanage Railway. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ Wright, Andrew. "EX-STRATEGIC RAIL AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN OFFICIALLY OPENS CORFE CASTLE'S HISTORIC VICTORIAN RAILWAY FOOTBRIDGE ON 28th APRIL 2007". Swanage Railway. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.