Wimbledon Park tube station

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Wimbledon Park London Underground
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Wimbledon Park is located in Greater London
Wimbledon Park
Wimbledon Park
Location of Wimbledon Park in Greater London
Location Wimbledon Park
Local authority London Borough of Merton
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Increase 2.13 million[1]
2014 Decrease 1.81 million[1]
2015 Increase 1.82 million[1]
2016 Increase 1.89 million[1]
2017 Increase 2.18 million[1]
Key dates
3 June 1889 Opened (DR)
1 July 1889 Started (L&SWR)
1941 Ended (SR)
1994 Transferred to LUL
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°26′02″N 0°12′00″W / 51.434°N 0.200°W / 51.434; -0.200Coordinates: 51°26′02″N 0°12′00″W / 51.434°N 0.200°W / 51.434; -0.200
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal
A 1912 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Wimbledon Park railway station.

Wimbledon Park is a London Underground station in Wimbledon. The station is on the District line and is between Southfields and Wimbledon stations. The station is located on Arthur Road close to the junction with Melrose Avenue close to the eastern side of Wimbledon Park. It is about 200 m west of Durnsford Road (A218) and is in Travelcard Zone 3.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) on 3 June 1889 on an extension from Putney Bridge to Wimbledon. The extension was built by the London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) which, starting on 1 July 1889, ran its own trains over the line from a connection at East Putney to its Clapham Junction to Barnes line.

The section of the District line from Putney Bridge to Wimbledon was the last part of the line to be converted from steam operation to electric. Electric trains began running on 27 August 1905.

Main line services through Wimbledon Park ended on 4 May 1941. By then, the station was on a line of the Southern Railway (successor to the L&SWR) , although the line remained in British Rail ownership until 1 April 1994 when it was transferred to London Underground. Until the transfer, the station was branded as a British Rail station. The route from Wimbledon to Wandsworth Town (Point Pleasant Junction) is still used by South West Trains for empty stock movements and occasional service train diversions, as well as three daily South West Trains services which run to and from Waterloo via the route in the early hours of the morning;[2] so South West Trains trains pass through Wimbledon Park station on a daily basis, but without stopping. There are very infrequent movements of Network Rail engineering trains and light engine movements through the station as well.

On 18 June 2012, Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard was electrocuted and hit by a London Underground train while trying to escape from police near Wimbledon Park station.[3][4][5]

In 2018, it was announced that the station would gain step free access by 2022, as part of a £200m investment to increase the number of accessible stations on the Tube.[6]

Connections[edit]

London Buses route 156 serve the station.

Past plans[edit]

Wimbledon Park was a proposed stop on the Chelsea-Hackney Line, now known as Crossrail 2. It was envisioned that the station's District line services would have been replaced by the new line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  2. ^ "PSUL 2016 - Greater London" Maund, R; Passenger Train Services over Unusual Lines; Retrieved 26 May 2016
  3. ^ "Surrey's Tom Maynard died of electrocution, say transport police". The Guardian. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cricketer Tom Maynard dies after being hit by London Underground train". BBC News. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Scott-Elliott, Robin (18 June 2012). "Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard dies after being hit by London Underground train after trying to escape police". The Independent. London. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Huge boost for accessibility as further 13 stations to go step-free". London City Hall. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 

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