West Byfleet railway station

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West Byfleet National Rail
West Byfleet Station.jpg
Location
PlaceWest Byfleet
Local authorityBorough of Woking
Coordinates51°20′22″N 0°30′19″W / 51.3395°N 0.5054°W / 51.3395; -0.5054Coordinates: 51°20′22″N 0°30′19″W / 51.3395°N 0.5054°W / 51.3395; -0.5054
Grid referenceTQ041610
Operations
Station codeWBY
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms3 (2 are used, one seldom)
DfT categoryC2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 1.325 million
2014/15Increase 1.372 million
2015/16Increase 1.400 million
2016/17Increase 1.420 million
2017/18Decrease 1.385 million
History
Key datesOpened 1 December 1887 (1 December 1887)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at West Byfleet from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
West Byfleet Station in 1962

West Byfleet railway station is on the South Western Main Line, opened 49 years after the line reached the following station west, Woking which is the district of the station.

It is 21 miles 54 chains (34.9 km) from London Waterloo.[note 1]

Service overview[edit]

It is served by all Alton and Woking (stopping) services by settled convention dating to the mid-to-late 20th century.[when?]

It adjoins West Byfleet and Woodham which are suburban settlements in the boroughs of Woking and Runnymede, to the south and north of the line, respectively. As to other towns it is the closest station to parts of the town/suburb of Byfleet and parts of the semi-rural suburb of Pyrford.[1]

The station has three platforms, one of which (platform 2) is rarely used in line with nearby other South West Main Line stations. The station competes in the broadest sense, not of train company, with faster services at the next nearest station on the line, Woking station. Both are served by bus routes outside of the Transport for London fare-capped scheme.

The station was upgraded to increase disabled access, with lifts to both platform islands and a new bridge, work accomplished 2008-2009.

Services[edit]

As of April 2015 at off-peak times the station has 4 trains per hour in each direction, alternating between Woking and Alton as to the end or start destination to the south-west and both having London (Waterloo) as their north-east terminus. The Alton services calling at fewer intermediate stations (being semi-fast).

Opened in December 1887 as Byfleet and Woodham, the station was on 27 December 1946 the scene of the derailment of a Bournemouth to London express service. Three people suffered minor injuries.

The station frontage appeared in the 1977 movie Adventures of a Private Eye starring Christopher Neil.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Surbiton or Weybridge   South Western Railway
Alton Line
  Woking
Byfleet & New Haw   South Western Railway
Waterloo to Woking
  Woking

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Railways in the United Kingdom historically are measured in miles and chains. There are 80 chains to one mile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interactive Maps Surrey County Council. Accessed 2015-04-15

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