South Merton railway station

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South Merton National Rail
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South Merton is located in Greater London
South Merton
South Merton
Location of South Merton in Greater London
Location Morden
Local authority London Borough of Merton
Managed by Thameslink
Station code SMO
DfT category F2
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 0.157 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.158 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 0.183 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 0.194 million[1]
2015–16 Decrease 0.140 million[1]
Key dates
1929 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°24′11″N 0°12′22″W / 51.403°N 0.2062°W / 51.403; -0.2062Coordinates: 51°24′11″N 0°12′22″W / 51.403°N 0.2062°W / 51.403; -0.2062
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South Merton railway station is located in Morden 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 4.

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]

In the original 1910 permission, the station was named Merton Park due to is 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),[2][4] 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.[5]

Services[edit]

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.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Morden South   Thameslink
Wimbledon Loop
  Wimbledon Chase
  Southern
Sutton Loop Line
Peak hours only
 
  Abandoned Plans  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Sutton
District line
towards Barking or Edgware Road

Connections[edit]

London Bus routes 164 and 413 serve the station.

The station is also about an 800m walk away from Morden Underground Station which is served by the Northern line.

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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