- East Putney tube station
East Putney is a
London Undergroundstation on Upper Richmond Road (A205) in Putneyin the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is the only station on the Wimbledon branch of the District line which its name begins with a vowel. The station lies on the District Linebetween Southfields and Putney Bridge stations and is on the border of Travelcard Zones 2 and 3.
The station was opened by the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR, now the District Line) on 3 June 1889 on an extension from Putney Bridge station to Wimbledon. The extension was built by the
London and South Western Railway(L&SWR) which, starting on 1 July 1889, ran its own trains over the line via an eastward-facing loop that joins the Clapham Junction to Barnes mainline.
The section of the District Line from Putney Bridge to Wimbledon was the last part of the line to be converted from steam operation to electric. Electric trains began running on 27 August 1905.
Mainline services through East Putney were ended by the Southern Railway (successor to the L&SWR) on 4 May 1941, although the line remained in
British Railownership until 1 April 1994 when it was transferred to London Underground. Until the transfer, the station was branded as a British Rail station.
The junction between the District Line tracks and what is now the
National Railloop to the main line is immediately to the south of the station. Two pairs of tracks (one pair for each operator) run through the station giving it a narrow Y-shaped arrangement with a shared central island platform and two separate platforms across the tracks for opposite directions. The station entrance and buildings lie between the two arms of the Y. The isolated National Rail platform is disused and overgrown, but the National Rail platform on the central island is in working order, although it is not served by trains. A barrier has been built on the central island platform across the part of the platform that forks off to the north-east and forms the right arm of the Y.
The station has four staircases. The one to the disused National Rail platform is not accessible to the public, but the two up to the island platform are both in service.
Although no longer used for passenger services, the National Rail connection to the Clapham Junction line remains in place and is still used periodically to transfer trains to the
Wimbledon Traincare depot. North of the station, the eastbound tracks of the branch formerly crossed over the tracks of the Clapham Junction line via a bridge and then ran parallel with the main line on a viaductfor some distance before merging with the tracks at a junction to the east of Putney Bridge Road (A3209). This link is no longer used and connections are made by the former westbound branch track which operates two-way running. The deck of the disused bridge has been removed although the central piers and the abutments of the viaduct remain.
East Putney is a proposed stop on the
Chelsea-Hackney Line, also known as Crossrail 2. It is envisaged that the station's District Lineservice will be replaced by the new line.
* [http://photos.ltmcollection.org London Transport Museum Photographic Archive]
** ltmcollection|41/9855141.jpg|East Putney station, 1934
** ltmcollection|99/9874799.jpg|Pair of bridges over Upper Richmond Road, between which the station entrance is located, 1955
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