Twickenham railway station

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Twickenham National Rail
Twickenham station main entrance.JPG
Twickenham is located in Greater London
Twickenham
Twickenham
Location of Twickenham in Greater London
Location Twickenham
Local authority Richmond upon Thames
Managed by South West Trains
Station code TWI
Number of platforms 5
Fare zone 5
2011–12 5.149 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 5.565 million[1]
Key dates
22 August 1848 Opened
28 March 1954 Resited 230m east
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°27′01″N 0°19′47″W / 51.4504°N 0.3296°W / 51.4504; -0.3296

Twickenham railway station is in Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and is in Travelcard Zone 5. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South West Trains.

History[edit]

The original station, built, after the Gothic plan, on the west side of London Road, was opened by the London and Windsor Railway on 22 August 1848.[2]

Preparatory work for rebuilding by the Southern Railway in its "Southern Odeon" style on the east of London Road was halted by the outbreak of the World War II,[3] with most trackwork and the vertical edgings of the five planned through platforms in place. After the war some platforms were made level for rugby spectators' trains which were hand-flagged through the embryonic station. It was not until 28 March 1954 that the present station came into use with three through tracks inconveniently having the two up platforms facing each other. The track at platform 1 is disconnected in one direction and stops at a causeway which allows rugby crowds to reach platforms 2 and 3 without entering the cramped station building. The original station was demolished immediately after closure and there are no remains to be seen.

On 4 February 1996, South West Trains operated its first service which ran from Twickenham to London Waterloo, departing at 05:10. This was the first scheduled privatised train to operate in 48 years.

Access avoiding stairs[edit]

Platforms 1 and 2 can be reached by the entrance reserved for match days. With staff attendance platform 3 can be reached across the causeway from the car park and platforms 4 and 5 by a stairlift from the road-level footbridge.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station in trains per hour is:

Connections[edit]

London Buses route 267, 281 and 681 serve the station. King Street is a short walk away and is served by routes 33, 110, 267, 281, 290, 490, 681, H22, R68, R70 and N22.

Future[edit]

The RFU has petitioned the government to improve the station to be ready to handle the increased use during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Network Rail has consented to a plan to improve the station[4] and the rolling stock, but progress has stalled because of disagreement between the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames council and some local residents. A judicial review was carried out in December 2012 of the planning permissions that had been granted.[5] These reviews are now complete and construction will start in 2014.[6]

Lines[edit]

Platform 5, with the UK offices of Norsk Hydro in the background.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Richmond   South West Trains
Waterloo to Reading
  Feltham
or Whitton
South West Trains
Waterloo to Windsor
Whitton
St Margarets   South West Trains
Hounslow Loop
  Whitton
South West Trains
Kingston Loop
Strawberry Hill
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Terminus Crossrail
Line 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ The Times, Thursday 24 August 1848
  3. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1988). Waterloo to Windsor. Middleton Press. p. 70. ISBN 0-906520-54-1. 
  4. ^ "Twickenham". Solum Regeneration. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Twickenham Residents Action Group". Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "£5.2m Twickenham station improvements in time for 2015 Rugby World Cup". Retrieved 19 March 2014. 

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