Mitcham Eastfields railway station
Mitcham Eastfields (initially known as Eastfields during planning and construction) is a railway station in London, United Kingdom, which opened on 2 June 2008. The station is located at Eastfields Road level crossing, in an area previously poorly served by public transport. The nearest station was Mitcham Junction, which along with Mitcham tram stop, was over 1 mile (1.6 km) from the district. It is in fare zone 3.
Station building, to the north of the level crossing on Eastfields Road (platforms staggered)
|Location||Eastfields and Mitcham|
|Local authority||London Borough of Merton|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||Network Rail|
|2 June 2008||Opened|
|London transport portal|
Proposals for the station have apparently existed since the 1930s. Planning permission was granted by the London Borough of Merton in August 2007. Construction started in October 2007. Following consultation, there were hopes to have the station open by December 2007.
The opening was originally scheduled for 19 May 2008 but that date was subsequently put back because Network Rail did not feel the station would be ready until early June. The opening was then planned for the morning of Monday 2 June 2008, but in the event it was delayed till the afternoon by safety inspections. It finally opened at 16:00 and the first train called at 16:11.
The station cost £6 million, and was the second station to be built to a modular design developed by Network Rail, which is also used at Corby railway station and Greenhithe railway station which was the first to be constructed. The platforms are 170 m (560 ft) long, with a building on the up (northbound) platform. Each platform is situated downstream of the level crossing, allowing the crossing to be reopened while trains are stopped at the station, minimising the disruption to road traffic. However this means that passengers must cross Eastfields Road (no controlled crossing at present[when?]) if they wish to purchase a ticket on the northbound side and then travel southbound. The footbridge on the southbound side only allows safe movement over the railway and not the road.
Mitcham Eastfields station is served by Southern trains to and from Victoria, and by Thameslink trains on the Sutton Loop Line. As of 2016[update], the journey time on this line between Mitcham Junction station and Streatham is six minutes. London Victoria can be reached in approximately 19 minutes.
The typical off-peak train service per hour is:
- 2tph (trains per hour) to St Albans via Herne Hill and London Blackfriars
- 2tph to London Victoria via Clapham Junction
- 2tph to Wimbledon via Sutton
- 2tph to Epsom via Hackbridge and Sutton
There are direct trains to/from London Bridge via Dulwich and Peckham Rye during weekday mornings and evenings. Also, during the peak hours, trains from Mitcham Eastfields also travel to/from Dorking and Horsham.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
Peak hours only
- "Network Map". Southern. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
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- "Eastfields Station". TFL. 11 March 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2007.
- "London Connections map" (PDF). ATOC. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
- "Residents' questions answered on new Eastfields station" (Press release). London Borough of Merton. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007.[permanent dead link]
- "First Capital Connect - Mitcham Eastfields station". Retrieved 20 May 2008.[dead link]
- "Modular station opens this month". Railway Gazette International. 1 May 2008. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2008.
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Tables 52 & 180 (Network Rail)
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