Wimbledon Chase railway station

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Wimbledon Chase National Rail
Wimbledon Chase railway station, London (geograph 3292657).jpg
Wimbledon Chase is located in Greater London
Wimbledon Chase
Wimbledon Chase
Location of Wimbledon Chase in Greater London
LocationWimbledon
Local authorityLondon Borough of Merton
Managed byThameslink
Station codeWBO
DfT categoryF1
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 0.481 million[1]
2015–16Decrease 0.342 million[1]
2016–17Decrease 0.290 million[1]
2017–18Increase 0.321 million[1]
2018–19Decrease 0.319 million[1]
Key dates
1929Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°24′34″N 0°12′51″W / 51.4095°N 0.2142°W / 51.4095; -0.2142Coordinates: 51°24′34″N 0°12′51″W / 51.4095°N 0.2142°W / 51.4095; -0.2142
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Wimbledon Chase railway station is in the London Borough of Merton in South London. The station is served by Thameslink trains on the Sutton Loop Line. It is in Travelcard Zone 3 and is arranged as an island eight-car platform, with stairs descending to street level towards the southern end.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[3]

Wimbledon Chase station was not included in the original 1910 permission, stations at Elm Grove to the north and Cannon Hill to the south were planned, but were not constructed.[2][4] The station opened on 7 July 1929 when the first section of the line to South Merton came into operation. The route opened to Sutton on 5 January 1930.[5]

Services[edit]

Throughout the day Thameslink provide a typical service of 2 trains per hour to St Albans City via Wimbledon (clockwise around the loop) and 2 trains per hour to Sutton (anticlockwise). Services to Sutton then continue on to St Albans City via Mitcham Junction. In addition, Southern operate a limited service to London Bridge via Wimbledon and Tooting during the early evening peak.

The station exit is adjacent to the third carriage for southbound trains, and to carriage six for northbound trains.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 152, 163, 164, K5 and 655 serve the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ a b Jackson 1966, p. 677.
  3. ^ a b Jackson 1966, p. 678.
  4. ^ Wilson 2008, p. 12.
  5. ^ Jackson 1966, p. 679.

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External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
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Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Sutton
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towards Barking or Edgware Road