|Number of platforms||2 (2 others rarely used)|
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|1856||Opened (first station on different site)|
|1869||present station opened|
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The West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway (WELCR) opened the first station as Wandsworth slightly to the north of the present station on 1 December 1856. From the outset the line was worked by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR), and then only ran to and from Crystal Palace. There were plans to extend it to join with the London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) main line nearby, thereby providing access to London Waterloo railway station, but these were rejected by that railway. It was renamed Wandsworth Common on 1 January 1858 before closing later that year on 1 June 1858. It was replaced by a station named New Wandsworth which had opened on 29 March 1858 when the (WELCR) extended its line to Pimlico, and it was purchased by the LB&SCR.
The station at New Wandsworth was closed when the present Wandsworth Common was opened at its present location by the LB&SCR on 1 November 1869 as part of works to widen the line, and improve the route between East Croydon and Victoria. Further remodelling of the line was undertaken in 1890 to increase capacity.
The lines through the station to Crystal Palace were electrified on 12 May 1911, by means of the LB&SCR 'Elevated Electric' overhead system. Work on electrifying the remaining services through the station had begun in 1913 but was interrupted by the First World War and not completed until 1925. By this time the LB&SCR was absorbed into the Southern Railway following the 1921 Railways Act.
Upon privatisation in the 1990s, the national rail lines came under the Connex South Central franchise, which was replaced by the current operator in 2000.
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
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Brighton Main Line
West London Route
Sutton & Mole Valley Line
Outer South London Line