Shepperton railway station

Shepperton railway station is a passenger station serving Shepperton, a small suburban town in Surrey, England. It is 18 miles 73 chains (30.4 km) down the line from London Waterloo.

Shepperton
National Rail
LocationShepperton, Spelthorne
United Kingdom
Grid referenceTQ081676
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Platforms2 (including remains of disused platform)
Other information
Station codeSHP
ClassificationDfT category D
Key dates
Opened1 November 1864
Electrified30 January 1916
Passengers
2014/15Increase 0.443 million[1]
2015/16Increase 0.448 million[1]
2016/17Decrease 0.424 million[1]
2017/18Decrease 0.419 million[1]
2018/19Decrease 0.392 million[1]

The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway. The station is a terminus with one platform operational[n 1] and a large station/office building.

Ian Allan Publishing has its offices at the western end of the station, and the company bought the Pullman car "Malaga" for hospitality sited near the terminus buffers.

HistoryEdit

The Shepperton branch opened to passengers on 1 November 1864. The original scheme intended that it would extend to a terminus on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames just east of Chertsey Bridge, but this plan was abandoned in 1862.[2] The curve linking Fulwell and Teddington initially opened only to freight on 1 July 1894 and first carried passengers on 1 June 1901. The line was electrified on 30 January 1916.

Journey times fell from 1916 on electrification of services and were on a timetable which was semi-fast (semi-stopping) before becoming entirely stopping later.

...[Shepperton railway station is] within 40 minutes of Waterloo...[New bungalows] Two minutes from station.

— Advertisement of C. Davis owner and builder of the Orchard Estate of bungalows, Shepperton, Middlesex Chronicle. October 18, 1938

The original terminus included cattle sidings and a turntable (removed August 1942).[3]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On the 21st of April 1982, a British Railways Class 508 train running the 06:34 service from London Waterloo to Shepperton crashed, demolishing barriers and a wall. The train also slid into some new pedestrian crossing lights, rendering them unusable.[4] The crash was initially believed to be the result of braking tests the previous night, which involved applying grease to the tracks, and that the grease may not have been sufficiently cleaned off, however it was later found that the train's brakes were faulty.[5]

ServicesEdit

The weekday service at the station can be summarised hourly as:

  • 2 trains to London Waterloo via Kingston.
  • 2 trains from London Waterloo via Kingston.
  • one extra very early and three extra 07.00 to 08.00 trains to Waterloo via Twickenham.
  • Three extra trains from Waterloo via Twickenham (17.40 to 18.45).

The Saturday service is as on other weekdays without the extra services routed via Twickenham. On Sundays the service is hourly.[6]

The ticket office opens infrequently, but a ticket machine is provided.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Upper Halliford   South Western Railway
Shepperton Branch Line
  Terminus
  Future Development  
Preceding station       Crossrail   Following station
TerminusCrossrail
Line 2

ConnectionsEdit

Bus routes 400, 458, 555 and 557 serve the station. All are operated on behalf of Surrey County Council. [7]

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ Much of the disused north platform remains.
References
  1. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ London's Local Railways by Alan A. Jackson, Capital Transport (1999); ISBN 1-85414-209-7
  3. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith. Kingston and Hounslow Loops including the Shepperton Branch. Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-83-5.
  4. ^ "Shepperton Train Crash | Thames News". YouTube. 10 February 2015.
  5. ^ "The Shepperton Train Crash | Shepperton Matters". www.villagematters.co.uk. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  6. ^ National Rail Timetables for Shepperton Station
  7. ^ [1]
  • Mitchell, Vic & Smith, Keith (1990). London Suburban Railways: Kingston and Hounslow Loops. Middleton Press.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°23′48.7″N 0°26′48.1″W / 51.396861°N 0.446694°W / 51.396861; -0.446694