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The London and South Western Railway inherited a series of secondary, cross-country routes that connected with the main line at various points. These were frequently utilised as diversionary routes during periods of engineering work, and also provided an extra flow of traffic to the main line, creating an extra commuter network to the various settlements on the line.

Reading and Portsmouth lines

In addition to the original main line, the L&SWR had the following routes: There were also many suburban lines in this area, including the Hounslowmarker loop line; the Twickenhammarker/Kingston upon Thamesmarker/Sheppertonmarker routes; and the Raynes Parkmarker to Epsommarker and Chessington Southmarker.
  • Woking to Havantmarker (for Portsmouth) via Guildfordmarker - The Portsmouth Direct Line
    • Guildford Junction Railway opened on 5 May 1845.
    • Guildfordmarker — Godalming opened on 15 October 1849.
    • Godalming — Havant opened on 1 January 1859.
    • Bisley Camp branch (for rifle range) closed in 1952


There is also the Lymingtonmarker branch, opened by the Lymington Railway on 12 July 1858. See Lymington Branch Line


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