Southall railway station
Location of Southall in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Ealing|
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
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Southall is a railway station in Southall, west London. The station is in Travelcard Zone 4 and passenger services are provided by Great Western Railway from London Paddington to Reading, Oxford and Newbury, and by Heathrow Connect from Paddington to Heathrow Airport.
The Great Western Railway opened Southall railway station on 1 May 1839, nearly one year after it opened its first railway line on 4 June 1838, between London Paddington and Maidenhead Bridge (the latter now known as Taplow). In 1859 the Brentford Branch Line to Brentford Dock was opened for freight, a passenger service ran on the branch from 1860 until 1942, using the unnumbered platform at the south of the station (the line serving this platform is now only used as a relief line). From 1 March 1883 to 30 September 1885 (when the service was discontinued as uneconomic) the District Railway ran trains between Mansion House and Windsor which called at the station. The goods platforms opened as part of the original station and were closed and dismantled in 1967.
Southall station has bilingual station signage, due to the large Punjabi community in the local area. Station signs on the platforms bear "Southall" and also "ਸਾਊਥਹਾਲ" in Gurmukhī, a script commonly used for Punjabi. In 2007, following issues raised by other ethnic groups in the area, First Great Western announced it would follow government guidelines requiring that the signs be in English only.
Layout and facilities
|↑ 1-4: Reading
↑ Relief: Southall Down Yard
Southall railway station has five platforms, one of which is unnumbered and used only for freight and special events. Access to all platforms is only by stairs. In normal circumstances platforms 1 and 2, on the fast lines, and the unnumbered platform are not used by passengers; platforms 3 and 4 are used by all trains serving the station. The station building, above the fast lines, has a ticket office and a newsagent's shop. A footbridge gives access to platforms 3 and 4, while gates prevents access to the other three, under normal circumstances.
Oyster "pay as you go" has been available since October 2008 for journeys to or from Southall. Although Southall is a busy station, automatic ticket barriers have not replaced manual ticket checks and standalone card readers, making the station vulnerable to fare evasion.
The station has a frequent service to and from Paddington, provided by both Heathrow Connect (these continue to Heathrow Central every 30 minutes) and via Great Western's stopping trains to Reading. Some of the latter continue to Oxford at peak times and in the evenings. On Sundays, the frequency remains the same but the Heathrow Connect trains run to & from Heathrow Terminal 4 and alternate GWR services run to/from Oxford.
On 16 March 2010, the Crossrail Specialist Scrutiny Panel recommended that Crossrail should give consideration to the proposed regeneration developments in the area, including the Southall Gas Works development and the landscaping of unused work sites.
- New station building with a new larger enclosed ticket hall with level access from South Road
- Step-free access
- Platforms 1 – 4 extended
- Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting and information and security systems
Accidents and incidents
On 19 September 1997, a Great Western Trains passenger train from Swansea to London Paddington failed to stop at a red signal and collided with a freight train, killing 7 people and injuring 139 others. The train driver, Larry Harrison (who had bent down to pack his bag), was charged with manslaughter, but the case against him was dropped. Great Western Trains was fined £1.5 million for the crash. Following this accident and the more serious Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash some miles east, First Great Western requires all its trains to have their ATP switched on at all times. If the equipment is faulty the train is stored out of use.
In 2007, analysis by First Great Western after several deaths at Southall station found that a third of railway suicides on English and Welsh railways occurred on the line between Slough and Paddington.
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- Southall East Junction
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
|Hayes & Harlington|
Ealing Broadway on Sundays
Paddington - Heathrow
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
Line and station open
Line and station open
towards Mansion House
|Terminus||Great Western Railway
Brentford Branch Line
|Trumpers Crossing Halte
Line and station closed