Hounslow railway station

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Hounslow National Rail
Hounslow Railway Station.jpg
Hounslow is located in Greater London
Location of Hounslow in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hounslow
Managed bySouth Western Railway
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeHOU
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2
Fare zone5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 1.285 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 2,195[1]
2015–16Decrease 1.183 million[1]
– interchange Increase 2,919[1]
2016–17Decrease 1.178 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 2,241[1]
2017–18Decrease 1.159 million[1]
– interchange Increase 3,455[1]
2018–19Increase 1.250 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 3,185[1]
Key dates
1 February 1850Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°27′43″N 0°21′44″W / 51.462°N 0.3622°W / 51.462; -0.3622Coordinates: 51°27′43″N 0°21′44″W / 51.462°N 0.3622°W / 51.462; -0.3622
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Hounslow railway station, on the Hounslow Loop Line, is in the London Borough of Hounslow, in Middlesex, and is in Travelcard Zone 5. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway.


The London and South Western Railway opened the calling point on 1 February 1850 on completion of the bridges and embankments at Isleworth station. A temporary station had opened as "Hounslow" 400 metres northeast of the present Isleworth station on 22 August 1849 to allow a service to run until the loop was connected and the line complete.[2] After this point the main commercial businesses of Hounslow and landmark buildings moved westward along Staines Road, Hounslow's fledgling high street and a major then-artery serving London and the south-west to reflect the new position of the railway station serving the nascent town. The Victoria County History series local historian Susan Reynolds, in 1962, noted

"...it was not until the very end [of the nineteenth century] that there were any houses to speak of to the south of the station."[3]

A resident station master was installed at the replacement Hounslow station in the early years and ceased to occupy the station house in the mid 20th century.

A total of £650,000 was spent for alterations over four months in the early 2010s including a larger booking hall and toilet, access for people with disabilities and low-energy, semi-automated lighting.


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

  • 4 direct to Waterloo via Brentford
  • 2 circuitously to Waterloo via Twickenham and Richmond
  • 2 to Weybridge, beyond the end of the loop which sees the line work as a corollary, to/from one of three of the destinations served by the main line.

On Sundays two trains per hour run to and from Waterloo, one of which continues to Woking and the other to Whitton, Twickenham and following stops back to London Waterloo including Richmond.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Isleworth   South Western Railway
Hounslow Loop Line
  South Western Railway
Waterloo to Chertsey via Hounslow

Station amenities and setting[edit]

London Buses route 281 serves the station. The town centre of Hounslow is 400m north of the station. The station has seating areas and a shop.

Service expansion schemes[edit]

Two early 21st century proposals short of central government pledge stage, or Network Rail proposals, exist for the Hounslow Loop Line, further details of which are mentioned at Syon Lane.

In 2017 a proposal to extend the London Overground network to Hounslow was announced by the London Assembly and Transport for London.[4] The scheme, known as the West London Orbital envisages re-opening the Dudding Hill Line to passenger services and running trains from West Hampstead Thameslink and Hendon to Hounslow via the planned Old Oak Common Lane station. The plans are currently at public consultation stage with TfL.[5]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ V. Mitchell and K. Smith, Kingston and Hounslow Loops, Middleton Press, 1900, ISBN 0-906520-83-5
  3. ^ 'Heston and Isleworth: Introduction', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3, ed. Susan Reynolds (London, 1962), pp. 85-94. British History Online. Accessed 2017-05-14.
  4. ^ "Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018". London City Hall. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  5. ^ "West London Orbital". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 25 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

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