Staines railway station

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Staines National Rail
Staines
Staines
Location
Place Staines-upon-Thames
Local authority Spelthorne
Grid reference TQ042714
Operations
Station code SNS
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  2.023 million
2005/06 Increase2.097 million
2006/07 Increase2.250 million
2007/08 Increase2.630 million
2008/09 Increase2.766 million
2009/10 Decrease2.717 million
2010/11 Increase2.799 million
2011/12 Increase2.898 million
History
Key dates Opened 22 August 1848 (22 August 1848)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Staines from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The station platforms looking east, and showing the new footbridge.
The station platforms looking west, and showing the old footbridge.
From the old footbridge, the junction of the Reading (left) and Windsor (right) lines can be seen.

Staines railway station is in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, England. South West Trains manage it and provide all services which are down to Reading, Windsor & Eton Riverside and Weybridge and up to London Waterloo.

The 950 Thorpe Park Express bus link runs between the station and the nearby Thorpe Park theme park.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the London and Windsor Railway on 22 August 1848.[1] It had a third, bay, platform which has been removed to accommodate the car park. The old railway track still can be seen leading towards the car park.

The station has had several names: Staines Central, Staines Junction, Staines Old and Staines.[2][3]

A refurbishment of the station was completed in November 2008 with ticket barriers on both platforms, a renovated ticket office with a SHERE ticket machine. Wheelchair access to both platforms was provided by the construction of a new footbridge, with lifts.

Operation[edit]

Layout[edit]

Staines railway station is located on a section of double-track railway, immediately to the east of the junction of the Windsor and Reading lines. It has two flanking platforms, with the main station entrance and buildings on the northern platform 1, and a secondary entrance and buildings on the southern platform 2.

The two platforms are linked by two footbridges, one at each end of the station. The older western bridge is accessed by staircase only, whilst the newer eastern bridge has both staircases and lifts.

Services[edit]

Staines railway station is served by South West Trains services from London Waterloo to Windsor, Reading and Weybridge. Off-peak, each of these services operates two trains per hour, combining to provide six trains per hour from Staines to Waterloo. Trains to Waterloo stopping at platform 1 and trains from Waterloo stopping at platform 2.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Feltham   South West Trains
Waterloo to Reading
  Egham
Ashford (Surrey) or Terminus   South West Trains
Windsor Line
  Wraysbury
South West Trains
Waterloo to Chertsey via Hounslow
Egham
Disused railways
Feltham   Anglia Railways
London Crosslink
  Woking

AirTrack Proposal[edit]

Main article: Heathrow Airtrack

As part of the Heathrow Airtrack scheme, which proposes the development of a direct rail service from Heathrow Airport through south-west London to Waterloo, BAA has proposed that the existing Heathrow Express service be extended from Heathrow Terminal 5 and run south to terminate at Staines. This would then provide a direct express rail service from Staines to Paddington via the airport.[4]

The original proposals for the AirTrack link[5] included a new station, to be called Staines High Street railway station, to be built between the existing Staines and Wraysbury railway stations near to the site of a former station of the same name. However the plans for this new station have been dropped from the revised proposals in the second public consultation, published on 20 October 2008.[4]

It has since been announced that the scheme will not go ahead due to a lack of government funding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times, Thursday 24 August 1848
  2. ^ Brown, Joe (2006). London Railway Atlas. ISBN 978-0-7110-3137-1.  - pp.37
  3. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1988). Waterloo to Windsor. Middleton Press. p. 97. ISBN 0-906520-54-1. 
  4. ^ a b "Improving public transport access to Heathrow Airport - Consultation brochure 2" (pdf). BAA Heathrow Airport. October 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Improving public transport access to Heathrow Airport, Consultation brochure 1" (pdf) (Press release). BAA Heathrow Airport. February 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2008. 

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Coordinates: 51°25′55″N 0°30′11″W / 51.432°N 0.503°W / 51.432; -0.503