Syon Lane railway station
Syon Lane railway station in Travelcard Zone 4 is on the Hounslow Loop Line and borders the Spring Grove and New Brentford neighbourhoods of the London Borough of Hounslow in west London.[n 1] The office and light industrial zone to the north-east, the West Cross Centre, has among other businesses the headquarters and studios of broadcaster and entertainment multinational company Sky. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway.
|Local authority||London Borough of Hounslow|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||Southern Railway|
|5 July 1931||Station opened|
|London transport portal|
As of April 2019, South Western Railway are working on making the station fully accessible, with lifts giving step-free access to both platforms from Syon Lane.
Lobbying attempts for direct longer-distance and Heathrow Airport servicesEdit
Hounslow Council unsuccessfully proposed that the Hounslow Loop Line be part of the Crossrail route with its inter-regional trains calling at all stations west of Kew Bridge. Planning consultants rejected the proposal in a final route presented to Parliament in 2008. The loop line itself although partially operating services as a through line to Weybridge in Surrey is constrained by level crossings on the Windsor and Reading line running from London Waterloo — four in the town of Egham of the 15 in total along the whole main route and its Weybridge spur are concentrated there in quick succession — whose local authority for transport Surrey County Council and Chamber of Commerce object to full-capacity timetabling without tunnelling beneath or bridging over most of the level crossings.
Amenities and set-upEdit
The station instead of a building has a passenger shelter on each platform and is set below steps at the foot of a north-south humpback bridge formed by Syon Lane, which crosses the Great West Road at Gillette Corner 100m north. A street-level third entrance, from the convergence of Northumberland, Hexham and Rothbury Gardens (streets), connects the eastbound platform.
The typical off-peak service from the station in trains per hour is:
- 4 direct to Waterloo via Brentford
- 2 circuitously to Waterloo via Hounslow and Richmond
- 2 to Weybridge
On Sundays, two trains per hour to/from London Waterloo call at Syon Lane that continue alternately to/from Woking to the south-west on a mainline and to/from Twickenham and Kingston to the south on the Kingston loop line.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Brentford||South Western Railway
Hounslow Loop Line
London Buses route H28 serves the station.
Notes and referencesEdit
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- M R Bonavia The History of the Southern Railway Unwin Hyman, 1987 ISBN 0-04-385107-X, p64
- "From the beginning of April work will start on the new accessible footbridge at Syon Lane..." @SW_Help. Twitter. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) A4
- Giesler, Nick (2009). "Heathrow Airtrack Environmental Statement Volume 2: Effects at Road Level Crossings" (PDF). Temple Group Ltd. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Level Crossings and Egham". Egham Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 6 January 2010. (Egham Airtrack campaigning website)
- Spring Grove to the west and New Brentford to the east were formally parts of Isleworth to which they retain administrative and community links. The small triangle of four roads south-east in the TW7 'ISLEWORTH' post town remains by default Isleworth and may be considered by some residents as part of Spring Grove. Syon Park, House and Syon Park Hilton Hotel is centred 800m south-east of the station