Surbiton railway station


Surbiton railway station

Infobox London station
name = Surbiton


caption=The entrance to Surbiton rail station at night
manager = South West Trains
zone = 6
locale = Surbiton
borough = Kingston upon Thames
years = 21 May 1838
events = Opened (Kingston)
years1 = 1845
events1 = Resited 400m west
years2 = December 1852
events2 = Renamed (Kingston Junction)
years3 = 1 July 1863
events3 = Renamed (Surbiton and Kingston)
years4 = 1 October 1867
events4 = Renamed (Surbiton)
railcode = SUR
platforms= 4
railexits0405=5.845
railexits0506=5.773
railexits0607=8.987
latitude = 51.3926
longitude = -0.3044

Surbiton railway station is located in Surbiton near Kingston the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in South London. The station is served by South West Trains, and is in Travelcard Zone 6. It is considered to be one of the finest modernist stations in Great Britain [ [http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/Transport_Selection_Guide.pdf English Heritage Transport Guide] ] and is a Grade II listed building.

History

The London & South Western Railway planned the route to go via Kingston but due to the council's objections who feared it would have an impact on their coaching trade, the railway bypassed the town with a station just outside the town which opened as "Kingston" in 1838. In 1845, however it was decided to resite 400 m west at Surbiton, which was little more than a farm. The Hampton Court Branch was built in 1849; the New Guildford Line which diverges at the same point did not arrive until the 1885.

In late 1852 it was renamed "Kingston Junction", but it was changed again in 1863 to "Surbiton and Kingston" when Kingston railway station opened on a branch line. Only four years later, in 1867 it was renamed "Surbiton". The station was completely rebuilt in 1937 under Southern Railway with two island platforms, both sheltered with Southern Railway designed canopies. The buildings were designed by J Robb Scott using art deco architecture.

Ed Davey, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton is leading a local campaign to move Kingston and Surbiton stations from Zone 6 to Zone 5. [Beattie, J., " [http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23420590-details/Cost+of+season+tickets+to+soar+under+new+system/article.do Cost of season tickets to soar under new system] ", Evening Standard, 12 November 2007]

Unlike some stations, Surbiton's ticket office is open seven days a week. And as a result commuters from surrounding areas flock to the station in order to make purchases and renewals.

ervices

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

*10tph to London Waterloo via Wimbledon, of which
**2tph are non-stop
**2tph call at Clapham Junction
**4tph run fast to Wimbledon, then call at all stations except Queenstown Road
**2tph call at all stations, apart from Queenstown Road
*2tph to Hampton Court
*2tph on the Waterloo to Woking stopping service to Woking
*2tph to Guildford via Cobham (1tph on Sundays)
*2tph to Basingstoke
*2tph to Alton

Platforms

The station has four platforms on two islands.
*Platform 1 is the main eastbound platform for services to London Waterloo
*Platform 2 also takes eastbound trains, but mostly only in the early morning and late evening. Non-stopping trains pass straight through
*Platform 3 is a westbound platform for trains to Basingstoke and the Alton Line. Non-stopping trains may also pass through here
*Platform 4 is a westbound platform for trains to Woking, the Hampton Court Branch and the New Guildford Line

References

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