Motspur Park railway station

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Motspur Park railway station is a suburban station in the London Borough of Merton in South London. The station is served by South West Trains, and is in Travelcard Zone 4. It is 6 stops and 22 minutes from Waterloo, and inbound trains take 24 to 27 minutes travel to Waterloo.

Southbound destinations are Chessington South, Dorking and Guildford.

The station stands atop a railway embankment off a service road behind the parade of shops on West Barnes Lane. The shops and surrounding streets on both sides of the line are known as Motspur Park. There is also footpath access from Claremont Avenue on the western side.

The station is a single island platform reached by footbridge from either side of the track. The station retains its original London and South Western Railway buildings in the centre of the platform.

History

Template:Unreferenced section The railway itself was constructed through the locality in 1859 but the Motspur Park station was not added until 1925.

On 6 November 1947, there was a train crash at Motspur Park junction, around 700 metres south of the station which killed 4 and injured 12. In foggy conditions, a train was incorrectly authorized by a fogman to pass a danger signal, and collided with another train that was crossing the line in front of it.

A small newspaper kiosk once stood on the West Barnes Lane side on the approach road, but this was demolished in the 1970s and has been replaced by a prefabricated travel agency office that later became a minicab office.

A signal box once stood at the western trackside approximately 50 yards from the southern end of the platform but this was also demolished (1992) when the level crossing changed to CCTV type controlled from Wimbledon Area Signalling Centre. The earlier manually operated gates were operated by a wheel turned by the signalman from within the box.

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This 1912 Railway Clearing House map shows the lines around Motspur Park railway station, but not the actual station, which was only opened in 1925.

Services

The typical off-peak service from the station is 6 trains per hour northbound to London Waterloo via Wimbledon, 2 trains per hour to Guildford via Epsom and Leatherhead, 2 trains per hour to Dorking via Epsom and Leatherhead and 2 trains per hour to Chessington South.

London Waterloo to Chessington South line

The service to London Waterloo calls at: Raynes Park, Wimbledon, Earlsfield, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and London Waterloo. The service to Chessington South calls at: Malden Manor, Tolworth, Chessington North and Chessington South.

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