Major refurbishment makes 85-year-old Malden Manor station look like new

Friday 26th May 2023
Mural of Malden manor station sign surrounded by greenery
  • South Western Railway have refurbished Malden Manor station ahead of its 85th birthday
  • The 1930s art deco station in South West London sees improvements to its booking hall, platforms and car park
  • Improvements have been warmly received by the local community

SOUTH Western Railway (SWR) have given Malden Manor station a welcome refurbishment.

Opened on 29 May 1938, Malden Manor station sits on the Chessington branch line in South West London and is described by Hidden London as ‘a pleasing art deco structure that made innovative use of reinforced concrete’.

The station was designed by the Southern Railway’s Chief Architect James Robb Scott, who played a large role in the reconstruction of London Waterloo in the 1920s, as well as the design and construction of SWR’s flagship stations Wimbledon and Surbiton.

Just a few weeks short of its 85th birthday, the station underwent a transformation to make it a much brighter and more welcoming place to travel from.

View of front of Malden Manor station from car park

As part of SWR’s ongoing station redecoration plan, Malden Manor has been completely redecorated, both inside and out, including on its platforms, which have also been fitted with new benches.

The booking hall, which like the rest of the building has been repainted, has had its information panels refreshed and brought up to date for the convenience of customers travelling from the station.

This summer, the station will also be fitted with a defibrillator as part of SWR’s drive to install the life-saving devices at all of its staffed stations. SWR announced the installations in March when it named one of its trains after the Alex Wardle Foundation, which raises awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

The makeover has also been extended to the car park which has been fully resurfaced, with all potholes filled and bay markings renewed.

The improvements have made a big impression in the local area, where Cllr Mike Massimi, who represents Kingston Council’s Old Malden Ward commented:

“The community is very proud and pleased with the outcome of the work, maintenance and improvement.”

David Wilby, SWR’s Regional Development Manager for the Metro region said:

“We know just how important our stations are to their local communities and we are very pleased to have restored some pride to Malden Manor. In a short space of time, we’ve provided a much more pleasant environment for our customers, with a better booking hall, platforms and car park, just in time for the station’s 85th birthday."

On Monday 22 May, Tolworth station, also on the Chessington branch line, was chosen as the station to launch Community Rail Week. It showcased innovative projects and inspiring initiatives from across the community rail movement around the theme of ‘Connecting Communities by Rail’.