Kingston (London) railway station
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Location of Kingston in Greater London
|Location||Kingston upon Thames|
|Local authority||Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames|
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||3|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 July 1863||Opened (Kingston New)|
|1 January 1869||Opened (Kingston High Level)|
|1935||Two stations amalgamated and renamed "Kingston"|
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The station opened on 1 July 1863 as "Kingston Town", to distinguish it from the earlier Kingston station (which became Surbiton) on the South West Main Line. It was then the terminus of the London & South Western Railway branch line from Twickenham. The platforms built when the line was prolonged in 1869 to connect to the South West Main Line were named "Kingston High Level".
The Southern Railway rebuilt and unified the station in 1935. In August 2010 it was refurbished, with the entrance, but not the concourse, moving a few metres to face Wood Street instead of being at the corner formed by Wood Street and Richmond Road, and the independent shop was replaced by a WHSmith and a Costa Coffee shop.
In common with the 16 hourly off-peak closer commuter services to/from London Waterloo calling at Earlsfield railway station (more during peak) and all intermediate London stations all managed by South West Trains, trains must stop at every intermediate station. There are no fast services available to mid distance destinations, which gives overcapacity towards the more suburban termini due to the longer journey time and overcrowding during the inner city phase of journeys. This situation can be contrasted to certain other routes to destinations just outside Greater London in certain other directions. However, due to its location on the Kingston Loop Line, passengers can also travel from Kingston to London via Twickenham.
Ticket barriers are in operation.
The two northern platforms are on the through tracks while the third, at the south, is a long west-facing bay which has been used for past curtailments of the Shepperton service and allows for reversal of trains coming via Twickenham on Sundays or when there is a closure east of Kingston of either the loop or the main line. Stairs and lifts give access to the platforms.
The typical off-peak weekday service at Kingston in trains per hour is: 
On Sundays, there are hourly services to Waterloo via Wimbledon & via Richmond and along the branch to Shepperton. An additional hourly service to Waterloo via the Hounslow Loop Line (calling at all intermediate stations) starts/terminates here.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Norbiton||South West Trains
Kingston Loop Line
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
Although no buses stop at the station entrance, Kingston Cromwell Road bus station is 100 metres (330 ft) east and Kingston Fairfield bus station lies 200m (660 ft) to the south past the Rotunda and Old London Road telephone boxes statue. More than thirty bus routes pass through Kingston.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Gilks, J. Spencer (July 1958). Cooke, B.W.C., ed. "Railway Development at Kingston-upon-Thames—1". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 104 no. 687. Westminster: Tothill Press Ltd. p. 450.
- "10-car SWT hangs in balance". Modern Railways (London): p. 52. December 2010.
- e.g. New Southern Railway's Tonbridge, Reigate and East Grinstead services which until leaving London only call at Clapham Junction and at East Croydon.
- Kingston Loop and Shepperton to London Waterloo South West Trains Retrieved 15 March 2013
- Buses from Kingston, Transport for London, Retrieved 15 March 2013
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