Kew Bridge railway station
Kew Bridge station with platform shelters
Location of Kew Bridge in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Hounslow|
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
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Kew Bridge railway station is a railway station in Brentford and Gunnersbury, in the London Borough of Hounslow, and is in Travelcard Zone 3. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South West Trains. The station was named after the nearby Kew Bridge.
The station, on the Hounslow Loop Line, is on the southern & eastern curves of the Kew Bridge railway triangle, although the eastern curve platforms are abandoned. It was opened in 1849 by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR). The North & South Western Junction Railway in a spirit of affording LSWR access to Fenchurch Street operated its admittedly rival 'Kew' station (1853-1866) on the western curve. From 1862 the companies cooperated: the junction railway company building additional Kew Bridge platforms (closed 1940), the LSWR having constructed the eastern curve itself.
The station has 2 active platforms & 2 abandoned platforms:
- Platform 2: Trains to Brentford, Hounslow & Weybridge
- Platform 1: Trains to Chiswick, Barnes, Clapham Junction & London Waterloo
- Platform 3: Currently abandoned, served trains via South Acton
- Platform 4: Currently abandoned, served trains from South Acton continuing via Chiswick.
There are currently no passenger services on the eastern and western curves, but both have been proposed by the London Borough of Hounslow for Crossrail and also for Zone 3 Overground Orbirail. The football stadium redevelopment plan includes space for additional platforms on the other curves.
Britain's largest cycle manufacturer, Brompton Bicycle, is based behind the station, along the northeast edge of the railway triangle. Nearby attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the London Museum of Water & Steam and the Musical Museum, Brentford.
The starting category (Grade II) listed large station building, designed by Sir William Tite, is disused. The platforms are reached by a side walkway. The building is rundown and gives the impression that the station is closed. Petitions in 2004 to have the station renovated, and possibly renamed to add in its prominent location in Brentford, were deferred on cost grounds. The station building was extensively refurbished in June 2013.
Hounslow Council proposed that Crossrail services from the east have the option of terminating at Hounslow as well as Reading by a mix of existing line and new connections. This proposal was rejected.
Other plans have been drafted and floated to Network Rail for reinstatement of track on the curves and direct services for Brentford Football Club's redevelopment of its Lionel Road stadium.
The typical off-peak weekday service in trains per hour is
- 6 to London Waterloo of which
- 2 to Weybridge.
On Sundays there is one train per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Woking via Feltham and one train per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Twickenham, Kingston, Wimbledon and Waterloo via Hounslow.
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|Chiswick||South West Trains
Hounslow Loop Line
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- loveplums page on Kew Bridge station
- London's Abandoned Tube Stations: Kew Bridge
- "Kew Bridge Station, Kew Bridge Road". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- Corridor 7: Crossrail to Hounslow
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