Walton-on-Thames railway station

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Walton-on-Thames National Rail
Walton-on-Thames
The southbound platform, looking towards London.
Location
Place Walton-on-Thames
Local authority Elmbridge
Coordinates 51°22′22″N 0°24′51″W / 51.3728°N 0.4143°W / 51.3728; -0.4143Coordinates: 51°22′22″N 0°24′51″W / 51.3728°N 0.4143°W / 51.3728; -0.4143
Grid reference TQ104649
Operations
Station code WAL
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 4 ( 2 in use)
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.897 million
2005/06 Increase 1.976 million
2006/07 Increase 2.177 million
2007/08 Increase 2.612 million
2008/09 Increase 2.640 million
2009/10 Decrease 2.602 million
2010/11 Increase 2.634 million
2011/12 Increase 2.680 million
2012/13 Increase 2.710 million
History
Key dates Opened 21 May 1838 (21 May 1838)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Walton-on-Thames from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Walton-on-Thames railway station [n 1] is at the southern edge of the town of Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, England and borders Burwood Park, Hersham. The station's main entrance borders the Ashley Park area of the largely residential town and features a taxi rank and pick-up apron. The station opened as Walton for Hersham in 1838 and today has rush hour services two stops from Central London.

Only the two outer platforms on the slow lines are currently used. The central island platform is disused and has a degree of weeds.

Services[edit]

Services from Walton-on-Thames are split into rush hour (Monday - Friday, early mornings and evenings), off peak (Monday - Friday, Saturday) and Sunday:

Rush Hour[edit]

  • 4tph to London Waterloo, stopping to Surbiton then, non stop to London Waterloo.
  • 2tph to Woking, stopping service
  • 2tph to Guildford, stopping service

Rush hour services to London Waterloo only operate in the morning, and services to Woking and Guildford operate in the evening rush hour.

Off Peak[edit]

  • 2tph to London Waterloo, stopping service
  • 2tph to London Waterloo, semi fast
  • 2tph to Woking, stopping service
  • 2tph to Basingstoke, semi fast to Woking then stopping to Basingstoke

There is also one direct train to Portsmouth Harbour via Basingstoke per day, Mon - Sat, in the early morning before rush hour.

Sundays[edit]

  • 2tph to London Waterloo, stopping service
  • 1tph to London Waterloo, semi fast
  • 2tph to Guildford, stopping service
  • 1tph to Woking, where the train divides to either Basingstoke or Alton

[1]

History[edit]

The station first operated in 1838, and was one of the first stations on the South Western Main Line, between Weybridge and Ditton Marsh (now Esher). The first services ran from Nine Elms (disbanded) to Woking Common (now Woking).[2]

The middle platforms were abandoned when slower services only used the outer tracks, leaving the inside tracks for non stop services to Woking.

Abellio Surrey owned by Nederlandse Spoorwegen outside the station.

Ticket gates and accessibility[edit]

Walton-on-Thames railway station was one of the first stations selected by South West Trains to have automatic ticket gates installed at all of the exits to the station.[3] These were installed and in operation on 25 June 2009. There were also smartcard validators installed, intended (in the future) for use when the barriers are unattended and open.

Ramps were installed on 31 October 2009, making both platforms accessible to all from street level. Access from the Ashley Park / ticket office side of the station to the Burwood Park side requires use of the railway-owned subway which is via a short flight of steps or a detour of more than 600m by road or pavement.

This station has a taxi rank and bus stops.

Immediate surroundings[edit]

The station is just north of the approximate midpoint of the medieval parish boundaries of Walton.[4] Today it is on the southern boundary of Walton and the northern boundary of Hersham,[5] and more particularly between two large-plot, neighbourhoods of detached homes, Burwood Park and Ashley Park. These are predominantly low rise and have avenues and greens; they are not a conservation area with no buildings which pre-date 1750 but the former has one or two listed buildings for architecture.[6] The commercial centre of Walton is 0.6 miles (0.97 km) north.

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Some signs in the station use no hyphenation in the spelling: Walton on Thames
References
  1. ^ "Basingstoke and Alton to Woking and London Waterloo (Surburban Services)" (PDF). southwesttrains.co.uk. South West Trains. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 80. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ "New ticket gates across the network". southwesttrains.co.uk. South West Trains. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ H.E. Malden (editor) (1911) Index Map Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  5. ^ Hersham village boundaries The Church of England parish map. Retrieved 2014-01-11
  6. ^ OS Map with Listed Buildings and Parks marked

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hersham   South West Trains
Waterloo to Woking
  Weybridge
Surbiton   South West Trains
Waterloo to Basingstoke
  Weybridge