Tolworth station's modernist buildings are typical of the Chessington Branch Line. They aren't a later addition - the branch was built relatively late, opening in 1938 to serve commuters settling in the area south of Surbiton. Although Tolworth already had a tram connection, in the decades before rail it was fairly anonymous, best known for a few brickfields and a sewage plant. The new rail line - of which Tolworth was the original terminus - hastened the housing development that had begun in the early 20th century, and today Tolworth is a popular suburb, with the station taking locals to London Waterloo in just over an hour.
The area is cut in two by the A3, with the station on the greener, east side of the road. Most shops are on the west side, along Tolworth Broadway, just a short walk away - follow the Tolworth Greenway, a striped path that leads you quickly and safely over the busy road.