Hayes railway station

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Not to be confused with Hayes and Harlington railway station.
Hayes National Rail
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Hayes is located in Greater London
Hayes
Hayes
Location of Hayes in Greater London
Location Hayes
Local authority London Borough of Bromley
Grid reference TQ400661
Managed by Southeastern
Station code HYS
DfT category D
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 Increase 1.110 million[2]
2008–09 Decrease 1.098 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 1.070 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 1.104 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 1.143 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 1.156 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 1.233 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 1.278 million[2]
Key dates
29 May 1882 Opened
1925 Electrification
1933 Rebuilt
1940 Bombed
1956 Rebuilt
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°22′35″N 0°00′37″E / 51.3765°N 0.0102°E / 51.3765; 0.0102Coordinates: 51°22′35″N 0°00′37″E / 51.3765°N 0.0102°E / 51.3765; 0.0102

Hayes railway station is a railway station located in Hayes in the London Borough of Bromley, south east London, England.

The station is served by Southeastern services from Charing Cross and Cannon Street. It forms the suburban terminus for trains on the Hayes line. For historical reasons, and to avoid confusion with Hayes & Harlington, the station is still referred to as "Hayes (Kent)" on most timetables.

History[edit]

Opening and early years (1882-1923)[edit]

The Mid-Kent line was built by the Mid Kent and North Kent Junction and was operated on opening as far as Beckenham Junction on 1 January 1857 by the South Eastern Railway(SER). The line was extended to Addiscombe in 1864 and Elmers End (the future junction for the Hayes branch) was opened that year.[3]

The Hayes branch line from Elmers End was built by the West Wickham & Hayes Railway, but was sold to the South Eastern Railway on the opening day, 29 May 1882. Initially the 13 weekday and four Sunday services operated as far as Elmers End where they connected with Addiscombe to London trains. The initial layout at Hayes consisted of a single platform with a locomotive turntable at the far end. A goods yard was provided on the south side of the station and a 33-lever signal box was provided.[4]

In 1898 the South Eastern Railway and the London Chatham and Dover Railway agreed to work as one railway company under the name of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway and Hayes became a SE&CR station.

By 1912 services had increased to 15 each way but only two of these actually operated through to London the rest terminating at Elmers End. In 1909 however the 8:37 a.m. Hayes - Charing Cross service was formed of Continental boat train stock where on arrival it was used to work the 10:00 a.m. Charing Cross- Folkestone boat train.[5]

Southern Railway (1923-1947)[edit]

Following the Railways Act 1921 (also known as the Grouping Act), Hayes became a Southern Railway station on 1 January 1923.

The early single-storey, clapboard building was enough for the initial demand in an area of London that saw urbanisation relatively late. Usage remained low until electrification was completed in 1925 with electric services commencing on 21 September 1925. As suburban development gained pace, the station was modernised in 1933 with shops being incorporated into the entrance and the goods yard extended in anticipation of more coal traffic. On the night of 15/16 September 1940, the station building was badly damaged by a bomb and subsequently repaired in 1956.[6]

British Railways (1948-1994)[edit]

On 1 January 1948 following nationalisation of the railways Hayes became part of British Railways Southern Region.[7]

The goods yard closed on 19 April 1965 although the station continued to handle greyhound dogs travelling between Catford and training kennels in Ireland.

During the 1960s passenger numbers fell as many commuters were driving to Bromley South and Beckenham Junction to take advantage of faster services.[8]

Upon sectorisation in 1982, three passenger sectors were created: InterCity, operating principal express services; and London & South East (renamed Network SouthEast in 1986) who operated commuter services in the London area.[9]

The privatisation era (1994-Present Day)[edit]

Following privatisation of British Rail on 1 April 1994 the infrastructure at Hayes station became the responsibility of Railtrack whilst a business unit operated the train services. On 13 October 1996 operation of the passenger services passed to Connex South Eastern who were originally due to run the franchise until 2011.

Following a number of accidents and financial issues Railtrack plc was sold to Network Rail on 3 October 2002 who became responsible for the infrastructure.[10] [11]

On 27 June 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority decided to strip Connex of the franchise citing poor financial management and run the franchise itself.[12][13] Connex South Eastern continued to operate the franchise until 8 November 2003 with the services transferring to the Strategic Rail Authority's South Eastern Trains subsidiary the following day.

In 2004, the Strategic Rail Authority proposed withdrawing services to Charing Cross from the Hayes Line. Following a campaign led by local Councillors and the Hayes Village Association, the plans were withdrawn.

On 30 November 2005 the Department for Transport awarded Govia the Integrated Kent franchise. The services operated by South Eastern Trains transferred to Southeastern on 1 April 2006.

On 21 January 2016, Transport for London announced that in 2018, they will take over the London suburban parts of the Southeastern franchise, rebranding the routes as London Overground from that point.[14]

Now, it is commonly used by school children from Hayes School, Baston House School and Ravensbourne School.

Transport for London proposal[edit]

In 2014, Transport for London began investigating a possible extension of the Bakerloo line from Elephant & Castle tube station through Southwark towards Lewisham, Bromley and Hayes. One of the options involves the Bakerloo line extension replacing the existing National Rail line between Lewisham and Hayes.[15]

Services[edit]

The off-peak services Monday-Saturday are:[16]

  • 2tph to Charing Cross
  • 2tph to Cannon Street
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
West Wickham   Southeastern
Hayes Line
  Terminus

Layout[edit]

Southeastern towards Charing Cross or Cannon Street
Island Platform Terminus
Southeastern towards Charing Cross or Cannon Street

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 119, 138, 246, 314, London Buses route 353 and 638 serve the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (pdf) on 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. pp. 39,40. 
  4. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. p. 57. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. p. 58. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. pp. 61,62. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. pp. 61,62. 
  8. ^ Jackson, Alan A (1999). London's Local Railways (2nd ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport Publishing. p. 62. 
  9. ^ Thomas, David St John; Whitehouse, Patrick (1990). BR in the Eighties. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-9854-7. 
  10. ^ Network Rail closer to Railtrack takeover BBC News, 1 April 2016
  11. ^ "Accounting for Producer Needs: The case of Britain’s rail infrastructure" (PDF). Centre for Management and Organisational History. p. 18. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - England - Train firm loses franchise". BBC News. 27 June 2003. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Basher Bowker pulls the plug on Connex The Telegraph 29 June 2003
  14. ^ http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/tfl-to-control-all-london-commuter-services-and-new-metro-network-
  15. ^ "Bakerloo Line Extension". Transport for London. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  16. ^ Table 203 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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