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
LocationRaynes Park
Local authorityLondon Borough of Merton
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Station codeRAY
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4 (facing 4 tracks)
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Decrease 4.433 million[1]
2016–17Decrease 4.432 million[1]
– interchange 0.175 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 4.153 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.146 million[1]
2018–19Increase 4.236 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.157 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 4.002 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.139 million[1]
Key dates
30 October 1871Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°24′34″N 0°13′48″W / 51.4094°N 0.2299°W / 51.4094; -0.2299Coordinates: 51°24′34″N 0°13′48″W / 51.4094°N 0.2299°W / 51.4094; -0.2299
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal
Plymouth - Waterloo express passing in 1964

Raynes Park railway station serves the district of Raynes Park in the London Borough of Merton. It is 8 miles 51 chains (13.9 km) south-west of London Waterloo and is situated between Wimbledon and New Malden on the South West Main Line. The next station along on the Mole Valley branch line is Motspur Park.

The station is served and operated by South Western Railway, and is in Travelcard Zone 4. It has 4 platforms and 2 of them are accessible with ramps from the station entrance (those being the platforms to London Waterloo)


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 line runs east by north-east in the London direction and has two through lines (for express services) through the middle and platforms to the outsides.

Raynes Park is the junction station where the line to Motspur Park (and on to Chessington South, Dorking or Guildford) branches off from the South West Main Line ultimately to coastal resorts and port cities.

The track to Epsom was to compete with the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR)'s Mole Valley Lines to Epsom but then use statutory running powers over that line through Ashtead to Leatherhead. From where the London and South Western Railway (LSWR)'s second Guildford track headed via Effingham Junction to Guildford, south-west following its line built from the north. From Epsom, the LBSCR laid the southward track via Dorking (then called Dorking North) to Horsham.

One distinct feature of the station is the long footbridge over the four tracks of the main line which is set at an angle because of the offset of the platforms. This stands out as the main line 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 main line.

There was originally a LSWR mechanical signal box at the far south, opposite platforms 1 and 2, but this 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. The goods yard is no longer in use and is now occupied by local manufacturing firms.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 25 May 1933, a passenger train was derailed approaching the station, coming to rest foul of an adjacent line. Another passenger train was in a side-long collision with it. Five people were killed and 35 were injured. The cause of the accident was the failure to implement a speed restriction on a section of track that was under maintenance.[2]
  • On 28 November 1967, a newspaper train was derailed entering the station. One of the vans struck the support pillars of the footbridge, severely damaging it.[3] The line was blocked for two days. The cause of the accident was that the guard of the train failed to inform the driver that there were wagons in the train restricted to 45 miles per hour (72 km/h). The train was booked to run at up to 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) and was doing about 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) when it derailed.[4]

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 main line, as none of the services using these tracks stop at Raynes Park.

The Epsom to London line, arriving from the south-west, passes under the four main line 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 main line 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.


South Western Railway operates northbound services to London Waterloo and southbound services to Dorking, Richmond, Guildford, Hampton Court, Epsom, Shepperton and Chessington South. [5]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Wimbledon   South Western Railway
South West Main Line
  New Malden
  South Western Railway
Mole Valley Line
  Motspur Park
  Future Development  
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Crossrail 2


London Buses routes 57, 131, 152, 163, 200 and K5 and night route N87 serve the station.


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.[6][7] Waiting rooms, toilets, and platform areas were also refurbished to improve passenger safety and comfort.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Hoole, Ken (1982). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 3. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 30. ISBN 0-906899-05-2.
  3. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1991). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 7. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 42. ISBN 0-906899-50-8.
  4. ^ Moody, G. T. (1979) [1957]. Southern Electric 1909-1979 (Fifth ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. pp. 171–72. ISBN 0-7110-0924-4.
  5. ^ "National Rail Timetables for Raynes Park". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Passengers to benefit from roll-out of Oyster pay as you go to South West Trains services". Archived from the original on 27 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)