Chessington South National Rail
Chessington South stn building.jpg
Chessington South is located in Greater London
Chessington South
Chessington South
Location of Chessington South in Greater London
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Station codeCSS
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2 (1 in use)
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2017–18Decrease 0.339 million[1]
2018–19Increase 0.376 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 0.353 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 85,936[1]
2021–22Increase 0.236 million[1]
Railway companies
Original companySouthern Railway
Key dates
28 May 1939Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°21′25″N 0°18′29″W / 51.3569°N 0.308°W / 51.3569; -0.308
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Chessington South railway station is in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in Greater London, England, and is the terminus of the Chessington Branch Line. It is served by South Western Railway, and is 13 miles 73 chains (22.4 km) down the line from London Waterloo, in Travelcard Zone 6. It is the nearest railway station to Chessington World of Adventures and Chessington School.


The station was built to a design of Southern Railway architect James Robb Scott and opened on 28 May 1939. It was intended as a through station on the line being built to Leatherhead. However, construction of the line stopped, never to be resumed, upon the outbreak of World War II and the up platform was never used for passenger trains, although the track was used for stabling out of service trains during off-peak times. There was a goods yard beyond the passenger station. After the continuation to Leatherhead was abandoned, part of line south of the station was used from the mid-1960s to the end of the 1980s for a coal concentration depot. The line and the sidings to the coal depot were unused and hidden by trees for many years, but in 2021 the land was cleared and tracks relaid for an aggregates depot.

The ticket office is at track level. There are two automated ticket machine at street level.

In 2019 a ramp was added to the station, providing step-free access to the single platform from street level.[2]

The disused platform is inaccessible, given there is no footbridge connecting the platforms. It remains abandoned as surplus to requirements, as only two trains depart each hour.


South Western Railway operates all services. The service interval is 30 minutes during both peak and off-peak hours. All trains run to or from London Waterloo, calling at all intermediate stations (except Queenstown Road which has platforms on only the Waterloo-Reading line).[3] The journey to Waterloo takes 37 minutes.

Services typically use Class 455 EMUs, although a Class 450 or Class 707 is used on occasion.
Until 2022, Class 456 trains were often attached to Class 455 units to form ten carriage trains, but these were withdrawn on 17 January with the introduction of a new timetable.[4]

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Chessington North   South Western Railway
Chessington Branch Line
Future development
Preceding station Crossrail seal only.svg Crossrail Following station
Terminus Crossrail 2 Chessington North


London Buses routes 71 and 467 serve the station during the day, and route N65 at night.



  1. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "Chessington South station becomes fully accessible". South Western Railway. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Chessington Branch Line timetable" (PDF). South West Trains. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  4. ^ "SWR withdraws '456s' following service cuts". Rail. No. 949. 26 January 2022. pp. 10–11.