Hampton Court Branch Line
|Hampton Court Branch Line via Thames Ditton|
|Type||Suburban rail, Heavy rail|
South East England
|Operator(s)||South West Trains|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Hampton Court Branch Line is a short branch line off the South Western Main Line. It has a through station at Thames Ditton and a terminus at Hampton Court, both currently in Transport for London's Zone 6. The line is electrified, using 750 V DC third rail.
The branch was inaugurated 1 February 1849, when Hampton Court railway station was opened. Originally carriages were hauled by horses to Kingston station (later replaced Surbiton) where they were attached to Southampton trains and taken to London.
As part of the proposed Crossrail 2 infrastructure, Hampton Court has been proposed by business group London First as the terminus for a potential service to Cheshunt via Central London, opening in the "early 2030s". However, it has not been confirmed as to whether or not this includes a scheduled stop at Thames Ditton, or whether or not the proposed services will replace the current London-bound services.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
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