Vauxhall station (London)
Location of Vauxhall in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Lambeth|
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||8|
|Accessible||Yes (National Rail only)|
|Fare zone||1 and 2|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|11 July 1848||Opened (LSWR)|
|23 July 1971||Opened (London Underground)|
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Vauxhall (//, VOK-sawl) is a National Rail, London Underground and London Buses interchange station in central London. It is at the Vauxhall Cross road junction opposite the southern approach to Vauxhall Bridge over the River Thames in the London district of Vauxhall. The station is on the boundary of zones 1 and 2 of the London Travelcard area and, although a through station, it is a central London railway terminus for ticketing purposes.
Opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) as "Vauxhall Bridge Station" on 11 July 1848 when the main line was extended from Nine Elms to Waterloo, then "Waterloo Bridge Station". It is on a viaduct with eight platforms.
The deep tube London Underground station is on the Victoria line, and opened on 23 July 1971.
Vauxhall was located next to a major creamery and milk bottling plant for United Dairies. The regular daily milk train was from Torrington, but milk trains from all over the West Country would stop at Clapham Junction in the evening, and reduce their length by half so that they did not block Vauxhall station while unloading. They would then proceed to Vauxhall, and pull into the "down" side platform, where a discharge pipe was provided to the creamery on the other side of the road. There was also pedestrian access from below the station, under the road to the depot, in the tunnel where the pipeline ran. Unloaded trains would then proceed to Waterloo, where they would reverse and return to Clapham Junction to pick up the other half of the train. The procedure was then repeated, so that the entire milk train was unloaded between the end of evening peak traffic and the start of the following morning.
There is a frequent service of trains to London Waterloo and to the suburbs of south-west London. Trains to the Richmond/Hounslow direction leave from platforms 3 & 4 and return on platform 2. Trains to the Wimbledon direction leave from platform 8 and return on platform 7. Few trains call at the inner platforms (5 & 6) whose tracks are used by long-distance and "fast" suburban trains. Platform 1 is not used in regular passenger service.
Vauxhall rail station is served by South West Trains to and from London Waterloo. The typical off-peak service is 26 trains per hour to/from London Waterloo, consisting of:
- 2 to Chessington South
- 2 to Dorking
- 2 to Guildford via Cobham
- 2 to Guildford via Epsom
- 2 to Hampton Court
- 2 on the Hounslow Loop Line via Hounslow and Richmond, returning to Waterloo
- 2 on the Hounslow Loop via Richmond and Hounslow, returning to Waterloo
- 2 on the Kingston Loop Line via Kingston and Richmond, returning to Waterloo
- 2 on the Kingston Loop via Richmond and Kingston, returning to Waterloo
- 2 to Shepperton
- 2 to Weybridge via Hounslow
- 2 to Windsor & Eton Riverside
- 2 to Woking
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
towards Walthamstow Central
|London Waterloo||South West Trains
South Western Main Line
|Clapham Junction or
There is a bus station located north next to the station offering services to various parts of London.
- On 29 August 1912, a light engine collided with a rake of nine carriages. One passenger was killed and 43 were injured.
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- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- "Section A" (PDF). National Fares Manual 98. Association of Train Operating Companies. Retrieved 2 January 2010.[dead link]
- "The Torrington Milk Train". SVS Films. 21 January 2012.
- Brodrick, Nick. "LSWR "lavatory brake third"". Steam Railway. Bauer Media (375, 30 April – 27 May 2010): 56.
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