Kew Bridge railway station
Kew Bridge railway station is a railway station in Brentford and Gunnersbury, in the London Borough of Hounslow, and is in Travelcard Zone 3. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway. The station was named after the nearby Kew Bridge.
Kew Bridge station with platform shelters
|Local authority||London Borough of Hounslow|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|London transport portal|
The station was opened in 1849 by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR). The starting category (Grade II) listed large station building, designed by Sir William Tite, is now a coffee shop. The North & South Western Junction Railway in a spirit of affording LSWR access to Fenchurch Street operated its admittedly rival 'Kew' station (1853-1866) on the western curve. From 1862 the companies cooperated: the junction railway company building additional Kew Bridge platforms (closed 1940), the LSWR having constructed the eastern curve itself.
The station, on the Hounslow Loop Line, is on the southern and eastern curves of the Kew Bridge railway triangle, although the eastern curve platforms are abandoned. The station building was extensively refurbished in June 2013, with the platforms reached by a side walkway.
The station has 2 active platforms and 2 disused platforms:
- Platform 2: Trains to Brentford, Hounslow and Weybridge
- Platform 1: Trains to Chiswick, Barnes, Clapham Junction and London Waterloo
- Platform 3: Currently disused, served trains via South Acton
- Platform 4: Currently disused, served trains from South Acton continuing via Chiswick.
There are currently no passenger services on the eastern and western curves, but both have been proposed by the London Borough of Hounslow for Crossrail and also for Zone 3 Overground Orbirail. The football stadium redevelopment plan includes space for additional platforms on the other curves.
On 20 April 2019, emergency services were called after a 19 year old teenager was found dead on the tracks close to the station.
Britain's largest foldable cycle manufacturer, Brompton Bicycle, is based behind the station, along the northeast edge of the railway triangle. Nearby attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the London Museum of Water & Steam and the Musical Museum, Brentford.
Hounslow Council proposed that Crossrail services from the east have the option of terminating at Hounslow as well as Reading by a mix of existing line and new connections. This proposal was rejected.
Other plans have been drafted and floated to Network Rail for reinstatement of track on the curves and direct services for Brentford Football Club's development of its Lionel Road stadium.
The typical off-peak weekday service in trains per hour is
- 6 to London Waterloo of which
- 2 to Weybridge.
On Sundays there is one train per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Woking via Feltham and one train per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Twickenham, Kingston, Wimbledon and Waterloo via Hounslow.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Chiswick||South Western Railway
Hounslow Loop Line
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Historic England. "Kew Bridge Station, Kew Bridge Road (1260672)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- loveplums page on Kew Bridge station
- London's Abandoned Tube Stations: Kew Bridge
- Truelove, Sam. "Teenager found dead on train tracks in Chiswick". MyLondon News. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
- Corridor 7: Crossrail to Hounslow Archived 14 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine