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Chessington South
Chessington South stn building.jpg
Location Chessington
Local authority Kingston
Managed by South West Trains
Station code CSS
Platforms in use 1
Fare zone 6

National Rail annual entry and exit
2004/5 0.200 million[1]
2005/6 0.206 million[1]
2006/7 0.485 million[1]
2007/8 0.590 million[1]

1939 Opened

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Chessington South railway station is at the southern part of the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames in South London, and is the terminal station of the Chessington branch. The station and the branch are served by South West Trains, and is 13.91 mi (22.39 km) from London Waterloo in Travelcard Zone 6.

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History

The station was built as a through station as explained in the Chessington Branch Line article - the intended up line platform was built in 1939 but never used for passenger trains. The lines continue beyond the station into a set of trees which was once the goods yard(see details below). Further south sections of embankments and part of a cutting were built around 1939 for the section beyond Chessington South but were never completed and abandoned. Fencing was erected by the Southern Railway on part of the route to Leatherhead and remnants of the concrete fencing can be found in Ashtead Common Wood. It was supposed to have been joined with the line from Leatherhead, but due to a centuries old protection order on Ashtead Common to the south of Chessington, these plans were dropped. At Leatherhead the route of the line and site of the proposed junction was later used for the M25 . In the early 21st Century plans were drawn up for a tunnel.

After the line to Leatherhead was abandoned, part of it was used for a coal concentration depot located opposite the station off Garrison Lane. The depot had 3 sidings. It was in use from the mid 1960s and closed at the end of the 1980s. The sidings have most likely been lifted with the remaining track towards Leatherhead intact, albeit it with trees and shrubbery beside the line overgrowing into it.

The ticket office is at rail level. There is one Automated Ticket Machine at surface level, and a Permit to Travel machine adjacent to the ticket office. It is the station for visitors to Chessington World of Adventures.

Services

South West Trains operate all the services on the Chessington Branch Line and all trains that stop at Chessington South station. In the inbound direction, trains service the station every thirty minutes during both peak and off-peak hours. Local trains run at all times to London Waterloo, calling at all stations apart from Queenstown Road.[2] These trains take 37 minutes to arrive at London Waterloo.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Chessington North   South West Trains
Chessington Branch Line
  Terminus

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References

  1. ^ a b c d Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chessington South railway station from Office of Rail Regulation statistics
  2. ^ Chessington Branch Line timetable South West Trains Retrieved 2009-06-13

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Coordinates: 51°21′25″N 0°18′29″W / 51.3569°N 0.308°W / 51.3569; -0.308


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