Feltham railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Hounslow|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|22 August 1848||Opened|
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Feltham railway station serves Feltham in the London Borough of Hounslow, west London. It was opened on 22 August 1848 by the Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway (later the London and South Western Railway).
A central footbridge with stairs and lifts connects the platforms. Another is beyond the level crossing externally and beyond that a third allows crossing by ramps and connects with the further end of the town's 21st-century shopping/restaurants plaza. The high street of Feltham starts 100 metres south.
A small shop, ticket machines and seating area are in the booking hall before the ticket barriers on the northern platform (1, eastbound or 'up'). A small bus station adjoins the booking hall for services to London Heathrow Airport, and northbound destinations. Covered seating, vending machines, toilets and a coffee kiosk serve the platform.
The southern platform (2, westbound, or 'Down') hosts the bulk of the original station house. Two near-adjoining entrances, a small shop, automatic ticket machines and covered seating serve the platform. The mid-19th century former house is at the northern extremity of Feltham's principal architectural conservation area, taking in Hanworth Road lined primarily with detached late Victorian houses.
To the immediate south a taxi rank/car park is used for rail replacement bus services and courtesy buses to local employers.
Before World War II a main station entrance was built on the road bridge carrying Hounslow Road across the line — this and a footbridge were demolished in the early 1990s. A former Red Star Parcels office is vacant space in the southerly station house.
Construction of the booking hall and other facilities on the northern side was in the 1990s. The "new station" was built under the SWELTRAC partnership between local authorities, Heathrow Airport Ltd (part of BAA), and the rail industry which was intended to encourage use of public transport and to allow easy rail/bus interchange. The main building is at the western extremity of New Road, at the junction with a one-way section of Bedfont Lane, hard by the level crossing. Adjacent land used for railway purposes became a supermarket and a private sports facility.
The typical hourly off-peak weekday service from the station is:
- 6 to London Waterloo, of which:
- 2 to Windsor & Eton Riverside, calling at all stations
- 2 to Weybridge, calling at all stations.
- 2 to Reading calling at Staines then all stations.
On Sundays the typical hourly service is:
- 5 to London Waterloo, of which:
- 3 call at Whitton, Twickenham, Richmond, Putney, Clapham Junction, and Vauxhall.
- 1 calls at all stations via Richmond.
- 1 calls at all stations on the Hounslow Loop.
- 2 tph to Windsor & Eton Riverside, of which:
- 1 tph to Woking, calling at all intermediate stations.
- 2 tph to Reading calling at Staines then all stations.
Heathrow area rail services
Feltham station is one of the nearest National Rail stations to Heathrow Airport, especially to Terminal 4. Signs at the station and in timetables give Feltham as a connection for the airport. Buses to the airport run from the small bus station by the exit from Platform 1 and link directly to all five terminals. Route 285 serves Terminals 2&3, and route 490 serves Terminals 4&5, with the two routes serving the same stops up until Hatton Cross.
A shuttle bus service to the airport was started in 1999 with two dedicated bus routes to the airport: Route T123 for terminals 1, 2 and 3, and route T4 for terminal 4. In 2000 T4 was withdrawn and the frequency of T123 reduced. Until 2008 their replacement was the existing route 285 which added a short detour to serve the station forecourt; passengers for terminal 4 were advised to change at Hatton Cross (which is in the Heathrow free travel zone with free travel between Hatton Cross and all terminals). In March 2008 terminal 5 opened and route 490 was diverted to serve it and to make the detour into Feltham station bus station.
Feltham lies on the route of the now abandoned Heathrow Airtrack plan proposed by BAA. A rail service would have run from Heathrow Terminal 5 to London Waterloo, Reading and Guildford, replacing the airport bus service and providing a railway service directly from Feltham into the airport. BAA withdrew the Airtrack plan in 2011.
Motive power depot and marshalling yard
To the east of the station was formerly Feltham marshalling yard one of the largest marshalling yards in Great Britain (1917–67) and a motive power depot
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Table 149 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- "Airport rail links and connections". SouthWest Trains. Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Transport Plans for the London Area". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009.
- "Heathrow Southern Rail Access Consultation". London Borough of Hounslow. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
- "Heathrow's vision for future rail access" (Press release). BAA. 11 April 2011. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
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