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New Malden National Rail
New Malden is located in Greater London
New Malden
New Malden
Location of New Malden in Greater London
LocationNew Malden
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Station codeNEM
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms4 (2 in use) (facing 4 tracks)
AccessibleYes
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 3.158 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 24,957[1]
2019–20Decrease 3.003 million[1]
– interchange Increase 25,409[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.770 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 8,487[1]
2021–22Increase 2.109 million[1]
– interchange Increase 22,601[1]
2022–23Increase 2.563 million[1]
– interchange Increase 27,938[1]
Key dates
1 December 1846Opened as Malden
May 1859Renamed New Malden and Coombe
1 March 1862Renamed Coombe and Malden
November 1912Renamed Malden for Coombe
1955Renamed Malden
16 September 1957Renamed New Malden
Other information
External links
WGS8451°24′14″N 0°15′22″W / 51.4039°N 0.256°W / 51.4039; -0.256
 London transport portal

New Malden railway station is in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in South London. It is 9 miles 62 chains (15.7 km) south-west of London Waterloo.

The station is served by South Western Railway, and is in Travelcard Zone 4. It is the starting point of the Beverley Brook Walk, a 11.5 km (7.1 mi) long walking route to the Thames at Barn Elms.[2]

History

A 1912 Railway Clearing House map showing (right) lines around New Malden railway station (shown here as COMBE & MALDEN)

The station was opened by the London and South Western Railway on 1 December 1846, originally being named Malden. It has been renamed several times: in May 1859 it became New Malden and Coombe; on 1 March 1862 Coombe and Malden; in November 1912 Malden for Coombe; in 1955 Malden; and finally, on 16 September 1957, it took the present name of New Malden.[3]

The deaths of members of station staff in an air raid during WWII is commemorated on a plaque on a wall in the ticket office and another is located on the high street opposite Waitrose.

Although still theoretically in use, Platforms 2 and 3 on the "fast" lines have been mothballed, and their gravelly surface, weeds and protruding cable ducting poses a trip hazard and makes them unlikely to be used even if a disruption prevents use of the "slow" lines on Platforms 1 and 4.

There are still platform boards at platforms 2 and 3 on the “fast” lines. One of the platform boards still works to this day, but no announcement plays for fast trains.

New platform signage was installed in 2009, adhering to the new national standard using 'Brunel' typeface in white on a navy background.[4]

South West Trains installed automatic ticket gates in the main ticket hall in September 2009, including Oyster card readers allowing use of the Oyster "pay as you go" system.[5]

After local opposition a proposed permanent closure of the southern entrance from Dukes Avenue and Station Avenue, which would have left only the Coombe Road entrance, was amended to opening it only for morning and evening weekday peak hours with ticket inspectors.[6] In practice the ticket barriers are very often left open and unstaffed, and the southern entrance is generally left open and unstaffed.[citation needed]

Services

All services at New Malden are operated by South Western Railway.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[7]

Additional services call at the station during the peak hours.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Raynes Park   South Western Railway
  Berrylands
  South Western Railway
  Norbiton

Connections

London Buses routes 213 and K1 serve the station.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "Beverley Brook Walk" (PDF). London Borough of Merton. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 June 2023. Retrieved 19 June 2023.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 68, 153, 170. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ "Better Rail Stations—And Independent Review Presented to Lord Adonis, Secretary of State for Transport" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  5. ^ "New ticket gates across the network". South West Trains. Archived from the original on 2 July 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2008.
  6. ^ "More furore over New Malden station exit closure". Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  7. ^ Table 152 National Rail timetable, December 2023
  8. ^ "Buses from New Malden" (PDF). TfL. 19 August 2023. Retrieved 18 August 2023.