Longcross railway station
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|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Southern Railway|
|c. 1940||Opened to restricted traffic, as Longcross Halt|
|21 September 1942||Opened to general traffic|
|5 May 1969||Renamed Longcross|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Longcross from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Longcross railway station is centred approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the locality of Longcross in Surrey, England on the border of the former parishes of Virginia Water and Lyne and Longcross (a current civil parish) in part of the large wooded sandy heath known as Surrey Heath (which is larger than the area of the district of the same name). It is 25 miles 11 chains (40.5 km) down the line from London Waterloo and is served as a minor stop by South Western Railway on the Waterloo to Reading Line.
The station is not adjacent to a road but can be reached from the south along Burma Road, a road from the east-west B386 which skirts the western side of the Longcross QinetiQ site before narrowing to a track then a footpath, or else by crossing Wentworth Golf Course to the north. It is also adjacent to parts of the Wentworth Estate and Chobham Common.
The station was opened c. 1940 by the Southern Railway. Originally named Longcross Halt, it was not shown in regular timetables until 21 September 1942. On 5 May 1969 it was renamed Longcross by British Rail.
There used to be a MoD tank test track nearby, but that closed in 2006 and there is now a film studio adjacent to it instead.
In Autumn 2006 a more regular service was provided at Longcross station, with many trains making unscheduled stop due to filming at the QinetiQ site for a new BBC drama, HolbyBlue, a spin-off of Holby City. Three further dramas also used Longcross for filming in 2006: a political drama made by World Productions; Jekyll by Hartswood Films; and the second series of Hyperdrive, a BBC comedy series. Another drama Echo Falls was partly shot at Longcross. This makes use of the mixed pineferous, gorse and heather landscape of wet and semi-wet upland heath, a rare soil type.
The BBC Ghost Story for Christmas "View from a Hill" (by M.R. James) used the station as a location for the opening and closing scenes.
As of May 2016[update] the station is served by peak hour trains (approximately every 30 minutes) on Mondays to Fridays, plus one early afternoon service each way:
There is no evening or weekend service from this station.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Virginia Water||South Western Railway
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 148. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Cranfield University National Soil Resources Institute
- Table 149 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- Train times and station information for Longcross railway station from National Rail
- Marshall, Geoff (2016-11-08). "Vist to Longcross Station". Geofftech (YouTube). - Video covering a visit to the station.