South Merton railway station
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Parliamentary approval for a line from Wimbledon to Sutton had been obtained by the Wimbledon and Sutton Railway (W&SR) in 1910 but work had been delayed by World War I. From the W&SR's inception, the District Railway (DR) was a shareholder of the company and had rights to run trains over the line when built. In the 1920s, the London Electric Railway (LER, precursor of London Underground) planned, through its ownership of the DR, to use part of the route for an extension of the City and South London Railway (C&SLR, now the Northern line) to Sutton. The SR objected and an agreement was reached that enabled the C&SLR to extend as far as Morden in exchange for the LER giving up its rights over the W&SR route. The SR subsequently built the line, one of the last to be built in the London area.
In the original 1910 permission, the station was named "Merton Park" due to its proximity to the Merton Park estate then being laid out to the north and Merton Park golf course to the south (subsequently developed for housing). The station opened as the temporary terminus of the line when the first section opened from Wimbledon on 7 July 1929. The remainder of the line to Sutton opened on 5 January 1930.
The typical off-peak service from the station is 2 trains per hour to Luton (clockwise around the loop) and 2 trains per hour to Sutton (anticlockwise). Services to Sutton then continue on to St Albans via Mitcham Junction.
In peak times services to Luton via Wimbledon are extended to Bedford. There are also 2tph operated by Southern. In the morning peak Southern services operate anticlockwise around the loop to London Bridge via Sutton and Mitcham Junction and in the evening peak services run clockwise to Wimbledon then continuing on to London Bridge via Tooting.
Off-peak Thameslink services are usually operated by 4 carriage Class 319 units while peak time Thameslink services are usually operated by 8 carriage Class 319 units. Southern services are mainly all operated by 8 carriage Class 455 units.
- Jackson, Alan A. (December 1966). "The Wimbledon & Sutton Railway – A late arrival on the South London suburban scene" (PDF). The Railway Magazine: 675–680. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
- Wilson, Geoffrey (September 2008). "The Wimbledon & Sutton Railway" (PDF). Merton Historical Society: Bulletin 167: 10–13. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
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