Norbiton railway station
|Local authority||Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 January 1869||Opened|
|London transport portal|
Norbiton railway station is in Norbiton, a suburb in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, in south west London. It is on the Kingston Loop Line, 11 miles 24 chains (18.2 km) down the line from London Waterloo. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway. It is in Travelcard Zone 5 and is a short walk from Kingston Hospital. It is also the most convenient station for the Kingsmeadow football ground.
Coaching interests in Kingston were opposed to having a railway in the town and consequently the London and South Western Railway built its line to Southampton further south through Surbiton. This opposition continued even during the laying of the line from Twickenham although this line did reach a terminus in Kingston in 1863. In 1869 the line was extended through Norbiton to connect to the main line southwest of the present New Malden station.
When Queen Victoria visited distinguished residents in the Coombe Hill area, the royal train stopped at Norbiton, the only station in the area where the platform is at ground level. New Malden and Kingston have many steps. It is the only remaining example of Victorian railway architecture in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
In February and March 2012 a secure, swipe-card accessible cycle park for 50 cycles was built on Platform 1 replacing the previous set of shelters and bike racks
During August 2009 the platforms were fenced with high steel railings prior to the installation of ticket barriers. During 2011 the single-width 'off-peak' gated exit from platform 2 was doubled in width in order to cope with the large numbers of passengers leaving the station when the barriers are not operational. During 2014 the gated exit was widened again.
During the autumn of 2014 the platforms 1 and 2 were raised and the edges reconstructed to reduce the step and gap for passengers getting on and off the trains. Earlier in 2014 the platforms were extended in preparation for longer trains.
There is a 38 space car park and space for 5 vehicles reserved for South Western Railway staff.
Norbiton station has two platforms.
- Platform 1 - Trains to London Waterloo via Wimbledon.
- Platform 2 - Trains to London Waterloo via Kingston & Richmond and trains to Shepperton.
The typical off-peak service at the station in trains per hour is:
- 6 to London Waterloo, of which:
- 2 to Shepperton
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|New Malden||South Western Railway
Kingston Loop Line
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
Popular culture references
The station was used as the filming location from which the title character caught his train each morning (with decreasing punctuality) in the British sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Although Reggie's home town in the series was called Climthorpe, a panning shot of the front of the station in the first episode shows him walking into Norbiton station. (The area remains largely unchanged, with the Frederick W. Paine funeral parlour and the zebra crossing across Coombe Road still in place, although a small number of buildings in front of the main station entrance have since been demolished.) David Nobbs may have thought of Climthorpe as near Norbiton, since various other stations between New Malden and London are named in Reggie's various excuses to explain his poor punctuality .
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