West Drayton railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Hillingdon|
|Managed by||TfL Rail|
|Number of platforms||4|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|4 June 1838||Original station opened, as West Drayton|
|9 August 1884||Station re-sited|
|1895||Renamed West Drayton and Yiewsley|
|6 May 1974||Renamed West Drayton|
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West Drayton railway station serves West Drayton and Yiewsley, western suburbs of London. It is served by local trains operated by Great Western Railway. It is 13 miles 71 chains (22.3 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Hayes & Harlington to the east and Iver to the west.
West Drayton station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway, and was opened on 4 June 1838 at the same time as the line. However the original station was located slightly to the west of the current station, and was relocated to its current position from 9 August 1884 when the branch to Staines was opened. From 1 March 1883, the station was served by District Railway services running between Mansion House and Windsor. The service was discontinued as uneconomic after 30 September 1885.
Uxbridge (Vine Street) Branch Line
West Drayton was the junction station for both the Staines branch, and an earlier branch to Uxbridge Vine Street that opened in 1856. The Uxbridge branch closed to passengers in 1962, but part of the line was retained for freight traffic until 1979. The Staines branch closed to passengers in 1965, but the section of the line as far as Colnbrook remains open to freight traffic, latterly for the delivery of materials for the construction of Heathrow Airport's new terminal 5.
From 1895 the station was named West Drayton and Yiewsley; it reverted to the original name West Drayton on 6 May 1974.
The station has five platforms. platform 1 down main line (away from London), platform 2 is the up main line (towards London), platform 3 is the down relief line, platform 4 is the up relief line. A fifth platform on the up goods line is not used for passenger services, normally goods services wait to continue on the up relief line.
The platforms on the main lines see little use, other than when the relief lines are closed for maintenance. Access between the platforms is via steps and a pedestrian underpass. Stockley Park is a large business estate located between Hayes and West Drayton, and is shown on the platform signage.
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West Drayton station is served by stopping services run by Great Western Railway between Paddington and Reading as well as two trains per hour to Didcot Parkway. These services run seven days a week with 4 trains hourly — two from Reading and two from Didcot Parkway. Typical journey times are just over 20 minutes to Paddington, and just under 40 minutes to Reading.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Iver or Slough||Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
|Hayes & Harlington|
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
towards Abbey Wood
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
towards Mansion House
|Colnbrook Estate Halt
Line and station closed
|Staines & West Drayton Railway
Staines West branch
Line and station closed
|Great Western Railway
|Hayes & Harlington|
Line and station open
- Station facilities for West Drayton
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
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- Aerofilms (2006). London's Railways from the Air. Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-3144-4.
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- "Oyster PAYG on National Rail" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. 20 October 2008.
- "Train Times". First Great Western. Retrieved 12 April 2007.
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