The Wimbledon and Sutton Railway
(W&SR) was a railway company established by an Act of Parliament
in 1910 to build a railway line in Surrey
(now south-west London
) from Wimbledon
in the United Kingdom
. The railway was promoted by local landowners hoping to increase the value of their land through its development for housing. It was initially planned that services on the railway would be operated by the London Underground
's Metropolitan District Railway
(MDR) by an extension of its existing service from Wimbledon.
Delays in finding the funding, opposition from the two mainline companies that the line was intended to connect, and World War I, led to the start of construction work being delayed until 1927. The line was completed and opened in January 1930, although the planned extension of the MDR was not implemented and the service was provided by the Southern Railway
. The opening of the line stimulated residential development as planned, but competition from the London Underground's City and South London Railway
, which had its terminus at Morden, meant that the line did not achieve the hoped for passenger numbers.
During the second half of the 19th century, the Surrey villages of Wimbledon and Sutton experienced rapid residential growth stimulated by the railways running through their areas,The population of Wimbledon increased from 2,693 in 1851 to 41,652 in 1901 and the... Read More