Longcross railway station
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|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|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.|
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–Reading line.
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.
The station is not adjacent to a road but can be reached from the south along Burma Road, a road which runs north from the east-west B386. Burma Road skirts the western side of the former Longcross QinetiQ Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment site before narrowing to a track then a footpath. Much of the QinetiQ site is now home to Longcross film studio, and the remainder is being developed for housing in a 'garden village'. On the north of the station is Wentworth Golf Course and although Network Rail say that there are open gates on the north as well as the south side of the station, the 1:25000 OS map shows no right of way across the course from the station. The station is also adjacent to parts of the Wentworth Estate and Chobham Common.
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 August 2018[update], Longcross station currently has a limited train service on Monday to Friday, particularly out of peak times, and no service on Saturday and Sunday.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Virginia Water||South Western Railway
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- News in you area, SurreyLive, July 2017, https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/longcross-garden-village-ambitious-plans-13333917
- Longcross station plan, National Rail, http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations-and-destinations/stations-made-easy/longcross-station-plan
- OS Explorer Map, sheet 160, 2015, ISBN 978-0-319-24353-4
- "Soilscapes soil types viewer - National Soil Resources Institute. Cranfield University". landis.org.uk. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
- Train times and station information for Longcross railway station from National Rail
- Marshall, Geoff (8 November 2016). "Longcross - Least Used Station in Surrey". Geofftech (YouTube). - Video covering a visit to the station.