Mortlake railway station
|Local authority||Richmond upon Thames|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||Richmond and West End Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
|27 July 1846||Opened as Mortlake|
|1 April 1886||Renamed Mortlake & East Sheen|
|30 January 1916||Renamed Mortlake|
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The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway. Postal district and boundary changes over many years mean that Mortlake now serves the area known as East Sheen as well as the area of Mortlake, both of which share the SW14 postcode. Mortlake is the closest station to the finish of the Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race.
The station was opened on 27 July 1846, when the London and South Western Railway officially opened the line to Richmond for public service. Along with Richmond, it was not finished in time for a directors' special on 22 July 1846 and was still incomplete when the line opened due to delays in obtaining land.
The original station was said to be similar to neighbouring Barnes Station in its Tudor Gothic-style, but much smaller. The office at Mortlake was described as being very small, with a very small entrance room and a small inner room for the ladies' waiting-room. None of the original station survives.
It was renamed Mortlake & East Sheen in 1886, before it was renamed back to Mortlake in 1916.
Platforms and infrastructure
The station has two platforms:
- Platform 1 is an eastbound platform for services to London Waterloo via Clapham Junction.
- Platform 2 is a westbound platform for services to London Waterloo via Richmond.
There is a ticket office on Platform 2 and a footbridge between the two platforms.
There is a level crossing just beyond the east end of the station. More than 3800 vehicles and nearly 2400 pedestrians use the crossing daily and 349 trains pass over the crossing each weekday. It is considered to be the fourth most risky CCTV-crossing on Network Rail's Wessex Route.
The typical off-peak service from the station is:
- Eight trains per hour to London Waterloo, of which:
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Barnes||South Western Railway
Hounslow/Kingston Loop Line
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Freeman, Leslie (June 1996). "The Coming of the Railway" (PDF). Barnes and Mortlake History Society. Barnes and Mortlake History Society. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Cuffe, Grainne (28 September 2017). "Network Rail report finds Mortlake Level crossing on Sheen Lane is 'high risk' to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle users". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Freeman, Leslie. The Coming of the Railway, Barnes and Mortlake History Society, June 1996
- Visit Richmond
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