|Local authority||London Borough of Merton|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||4 (facing 4 tracks)|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|– interchange||0.175 million|
|– interchange||0.146 million|
|30 October 1871||Opened|
|London transport portal|
Raynes Park railway station serves the district of Raynes Park in the London Borough of Merton. It is 8 miles 51 chains (13.9 km) south-west of London Waterloo and is situated between Wimbledon and New Malden on the South Western main line. The next station along on the Mole Valley branch line is Motspur Park.
The railway station at Raynes Park was opened on 30 October 1871 on the London & South Western Railway (L&SWR) line that ran from its terminus at London Waterloo to Woking and beyond. The line runs east by north-east in the London direction and has two through lines (for express services) through the middle and platforms to the outsides.
Raynes Park station is the junction station where the line to Motspur Park (and on to Chessington South, Dorking or Guildford) branches off from the South Western Main Line ultimately to coastal resorts and port cities.
The track to Epsom was to compete with the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR)'s Mole Valley Lines to Epsom but then use statutory running powers over that line through Ashtead to Leatherhead. From where the London and South Western Railway (LSWR)'s second Guildford track headed via Effingham Junction to Guildford, south-west following its line built from the north. From Epsom, the LBSCR laid the southward track via Dorking (then called Dorking North) to Horsham.
One distinct feature of the station is the long footbridge over the four tracks of the main line which is set at an angle because of the offset of the platforms. This stands out as the main line is on a fairly high embankment (allowing local roads and the Epsom line to pass beneath). Passenger access to the station is via subway at street level on either side of the main line.
There was originally a LSWR mechanical signal box at the far south, opposite platforms 1 and 2, but this was demolished and replaced by modern automated signalling equipment many years ago.
Raynes Park goods yard was in and beyond the notch between Platforms 3 and 4, and was accessed from the Epsom lines. It did not push right up into the point of the V. The goods yard is no longer in use and is now occupied by local manufacturing firms.
The station has four platforms on two islands, 1 and 2 on the up lines, and 3 and 4 on the down lines.
There are no platforms for the two central fast tracks on the main line, as none of the services using these tracks stop at Raynes Park.
The Epsom to London line, arriving from the south-west, passes under the four main line tracks to the west of the station and then curves up and right to platform 1. Beyond the platforms it makes a trailing junction onto the up slow line to Waterloo. Opposite platform 2 the down Epsom line branches off the down slow main line to arrive at platform 4, on the left side of a V formed with platform 3. The line then drops away to the south to parallel the up Epsom line after the station. The down slow continues straight ahead on the right hand side of the V to platform 3.
Services from the station to destinations served are frequent throughout the whole day, with weekend services running at a similar frequency. Almost all of the services either start or terminate at London Waterloo.
The typical off-peak service from the station is:
Weekday services to London Waterloo start at 5:13 with the last direct train at 23:58. The first weekday services from London Waterloo arrive at 5:31 with the last service arriving at 1:07am. Electrified trains provide stopping services only with time to and from London Waterloo of 23–24 minutes.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Wimbledon||South Western Railway
South Western Main Line
|South Western Railway
Mole Valley Line
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
Raynes Park railway station was refurbished between March 2009 and July 2009. The refurbishment programme involved constructing a new entrance, ticket office and gateline, and converting the previous ticket office into a new retail unit. Automatic ticket gates were installed at all of the exits to the station, which allowed the station to accept the Oyster "Pay as you go" electronic ticketing system from January 2010. Waiting rooms, toilets, and platform areas were also refurbished to improve passenger safety and comfort.
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