Windsor & Eton Riverside railway station

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Windsor & Eton Riverside
National Rail
The Datchet Road frontage of the station. The concourse can be glimpsed through the first of the row of arches in the south-east wall of the station.
LocationWindsor, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Grid referenceSU968772
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Other information
Station codeWNR
ClassificationDfT category C1
Opened1 December 1849
2015/16Decrease 1.484 million
 Interchange Decrease 46,109
2016/17Decrease 1.446 million
 Interchange Decrease 44,696
2017/18Decrease 1.406 million
 Interchange Decrease 38,881
2018/19Increase 1.549 million
 Interchange Increase 42,999
2019/20Decrease 1.298 million
 Interchange Decrease 42,754
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Staines–Windsor line
Windsor & Eton Riverside
Mays Level
Crossing (MCB-CCTV)
Datchet Level
Crossing (MCB-CCTV)
World War II link (1940–1947)
Reversing point for oil trains
Oil terminal link (1981–1991)
Oil terminal (1964–1991)
Staines West
Staines High Street

Windsor & Eton Riverside station is a station in Windsor, Berkshire, England. The station, close to the River Thames and Windsor Castle, is a Grade II listed building.[1] It is 25 miles 48 chains (41.2 km) down the line from London Waterloo and is the terminus of the Staines to Windsor Line, served by South Western Railway.[2]

The station is also in close proximity to Windsor's other station, Windsor & Eton Central, which is served by Great Western Railway trains from Slough on the Windsor branch of the Great Western Main Line.


The station building was designed by William Tite as a royal station with a stone-faced frontage with a mullioned and transomed main window, gables and a multi-arch entrance.[3] The main booking hall was decorative but is now a wine bar. There is a spacious concourse under the train shed at the head of the platforms. The two platforms extend a considerable distance beyond the train shed.[1]

The wall on the southeast (Datchet Road) side of the station forms a long curve, parallel with the platform, containing a series of arches with depressed heads. This wall links the station proper with the former Royal Waiting Room built for Queen Victoria. This is a small building of main room and ante rooms crowned by a turret with spirelet, and has Tudor arched windows. The interior of the main room has a ribbed ceiling with a pendant finial.[1]


The route from Staines was authorised in 1847 and was opened by the Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway as far as Datchet, on the opposite side of Home Park from the town of Windsor, on 22 August 1848. Opposition from both Windsor Castle and Eton College delayed the completion of the line (there was similar opposition to the Great Western Railway line to Windsor Central), but eventually the Riverside station was opened on 1 December 1849.[4]

In 1848 before Riverside station opened, the Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway had been incorporated into the London and South Western Railway (LSWR), which ran the services until 1923 when, under the railway grouping of the Railways Act 1921, the LSWR became part of the Southern Railway. In 1930 the line was electrified on the third rail system at a nominal 660 volts DC. In the 1948 nationalisation the line became part of the Southern Region of British Railways.[4]

In 1974 the level crossing in the throat of the station giving access to Romney Lock was closed and replaced by a footbridge. Vehicular access to the lock was maintained by a road constructed on the north side of the station through the former goods yard which became the station car park.[4]

As part of the privatisation of British Rail, the Stagecoach Group company South West Trains took over operation of the service and the station in 1996. Ownership of the line and station passed to Railtrack and subsequently to Network Rail.

Windsor Link Railway[edit]

The Windsor Link Railway was a 2009 proposal for a new railway connecting the Great Western and South West Trains franchise areas and potentially linking both to Heathrow Airport. Windsor & Eton Central and Windsor & Eton Riverside railway stations would be replaced with one through-route station in the Windsor Goswells.

The proposal was rejected by the Government in December 2018.[5]


On 22 May 2009, the end carriage of the 06:15 departure derailed as the train pulled out of the station causing disruption to services for much of the day.[6] No trains ran the full route, with an hourly service terminating at Datchet and all other trains terminating at Staines.

On 11 October 2009 the bogie of a DEMU (vehicle 60118), on "The Eton Rifles" tour, derailed on arrival at platform 1.[7] The tour could not continue and passengers were sent out on the next timetabled train.

On 30 January 2015, a Class 458/5 operated by South West Trains was damaged by fire following severe electrical arcing which occurred shortly after departing Windsor & Eton Riverside. The train's guard was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.[8]


There is usually a half-hourly service to London Waterloo seven days a week, taking just under an hour to reach Waterloo. The service is currently provided by South Western Railway.[9]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Datchet   South Western Railway
Windsor Line


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Windsor Riverside Station and Royal Waiting Room (1117737)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
  2. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 25A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1988). Waterloo to Windsor. Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-54-1.
  4. ^ a b c "The Railways at Windsor". The Royal Windsor Web Site. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
  5. ^ Smale, Katherine (7 December 2018). "Exclusive - Windsor to Heathrow rail scheme 'rejected outright'". New Civil Engineer.
  6. ^ "Train derailment sparks inquiry". BBC News. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
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  9. ^ "Train times — Windsor and Feltham to London Waterloo". South West Trains. Retrieved 18 June 2007.


  • Mitchell, Victor; Smith, Keith (1988). Waterloo to Windsor (Southern Main Lines). Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-54-1.

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Coordinates: 51°29′08.01″N 0°36′23.36″W / 51.4855583°N 0.6064889°W / 51.4855583; -0.6064889