Chessington Branch Line
The Chessington Branch, 4.25 miles (7km) in length, was the last line to be constructed by the Southern Railway. It was originally the intention to construct a loop line through Chessington from a junction at Motspur Park, on the Dorking line, to meet the line again at Leatherhead. The new line was incorporated in 1929 to serve the many new housing estates being built south of Surbiton. The line was opened as follows:
- 29 May 1938 Motspur Park - Tolworth, with an intermediate station at Malden Manor,
- 28 May 1939 Tolworth - Chessington South - intermediate station Chessington North
Description of the branch
The line is mainly constructed on embankments. There are short distances in cuttings and several bridges. There is a 140ft (42m) viaduct over the Hogsmill River near Malden Manor station. All the stations are of their time, and constructed in concrete. The route is double track and was electrified (750 V DC using third rail) at the time of its construction.
Typical Journey Times from Chessington South
Based on 2006 timetable.
Stations in italics served by through trains, but are not part of the Chessington Branch.
|Chessington North||2 minutes|
|Malden Manor||7 minutes|
|Motspur Park||10 minutes|
|Raynes Park||13 minutes|
|Clapham Junction||24 minutes|
|LONDON WATERLOO||35 minutes|