Walton-on-Thames railway station
Walton-on-Thames railway station[n 1] is at the southern edge of the town of Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, England and borders Burwood Park, Hersham. It is 17 miles 6 chains (27.5 km) from London Waterloo and is situated between Hersham and Weybridge.
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||4 (2 in use)|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 21 May 1838|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Walton-on-Thames from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station's main entrance borders the Ashley Park area of the largely residential town and features a taxi rank and pick-up apron. The station opened as Walton for Hersham in 1838 and today has rush hour services two stops from central London.
Only the two outer platforms on the slow lines are currently used. The central island platform is disused.
Services from Walton-on-Thames are split into rush hour (Monday - Friday, early mornings and evenings), off peak (Monday - Friday, Saturday) and Sunday.
- 4tph to London Waterloo, stopping to Surbiton then, non stop to London Waterloo.
- 2tph to Woking, two extending to Guildford one extending to Portsmouth Harbour
- 2tph to Basingstoke one extending to Branksome one extending to Portsmouth Harbour via Eastleigh
Rush hour services to London Waterloo only operate in the morning, and services to Woking and Guildford operate in the evening rush hour with one service running semi fast to Basingstoke.
- 2tph to London Waterloo, stopping service
- 2tph to London Waterloo, semi fast
- 2tph to Woking, stopping service
- 2tph to Basingstoke, semi fast to Woking then stopping to Basingstoke
There are also three direct trains to Portsmouth Harbour two via Basingstoke one via Guildford per day, Mon - Sat, and one direct train to Branksome in the early morning. In the evening there are two services from Portsmouth Harbour via Basingstoke and one from Weymouth to Walton on Thames.
- 2tph to London Waterloo, stopping service
- 1tph to London Waterloo, semi fast
- 2tph to Guildford, stopping service
- 1tph to Woking semi fast where the train divides to either Basingstoke or Alton
The station first operated in 1838, and was one of the first stations on the South Western Main Line, between Ditton Marsh (now Esher) and Weybridge. The first services ran from Nine Elms to Woking Common (now Woking).
The middle platforms were abandoned when slower services only used the outer tracks, leaving the inside tracks for non stop services to Woking.
Ticket gates and accessibilityEdit
Walton-on-Thames railway station was one of the first stations selected by South West Trains to have automatic ticket gates installed at all of the exits to the station. These were installed and in operation on 25 June 2009. There were also smartcard validators installed, intended (in the future) for use when the barriers are unattended and open. As of June 2018, there was a digital barcode scanner installed for mobile ticketing on Platform 1.
Ramps were installed on 31 October 2009, making both platforms accessible to all from street level. Access from the Ashley Park / ticket office side of the station to the Burwood Park side requires use of the railway-owned subway which is via a short flight of steps or a detour of more than 600m by road or pavement.
This station has a taxi rank and bus stops. Bus routes 458 and 555 serve the station, both connecting passengers to the town centre. 
The station is just north of the approximate midpoint of the medieval parish boundaries of Walton. Today it is on the southern boundary of Walton and the northern boundary of Hersham, and more particularly between two large-plot, neighbourhoods of detached homes, Burwood Park and Ashley Park. These are predominantly low rise and have avenues and greens; they are not a conservation area with no buildings which pre-date 1750 but the former has one or two listed buildings for architecture. The commercial centre of Walton is 0.6 miles (0.97 km) north.
- Some signs in the station use no hyphenation in the spelling: Walton on Thames
- "Basingstoke and Alton to Woking and London Waterloo (Surburban Services)" (PDF). southwesttrains.co.uk. South West Trains. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 80. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- "New ticket gates across the network". southwesttrains.co.uk. South West Trains. Archived from the original on 2 July 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- H.E. Malden (editor) (1911) Index Map Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- Hersham village boundaries Archived 11 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine The Church of England parish map. Retrieved 2014-01-11
- "OS Map with Listed Buildings and Parks marked". Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Hersham||South Western Railway
Waterloo to Woking
|Surbiton||South Western Railway
Waterloo to Basingstoke