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Kew Bridge Station - Kew Bridge Road, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.362 W 000° 17.234
30U E 688328 N 5707736
Quick Description: Kew Bridge railway station services trains operated by South West Trains. The entrance to the station is on the north west side of Kew Bridge Road. The station building, to the left of the entrance, appears to be, generally, out-of-use.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/26/2015 12:04:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMNK40
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member superstein
Views: 0

Long Description:

Wikipedia has an article about Kew Bridge railway station, that tells us:

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 West Trains. The station was named after the nearby Kew Bridge.

The station, on the Hounslow Loop Line, is on the active (southern) limb of the Kew Bridge railway triangle. It was opened in 1849 by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR). 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.

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.

Britain's largest 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.

The starting category (Grade II) listed large station building, designed by Sir William Tite, is disused. The platforms are reached by a side walkway. The building is rundown and gives the impression that the station is closed. Petitions in 2004 to have the station renovated, and possibly renamed to add in its prominent location in Brentford, were deferred on cost grounds. The station building was extensively refurbished in June 2013. A date has not been specified regarding the reopening of the ticket office and waiting room, including staffing levels and opening hours.

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 redevelopment of its Lionel Road stadium.

London Buses routes 237; 267; 391 and night route N9 serve the station.

As mentioned, the station building is Grade II listed with the entry at the Historic England website telling us:

Railway Station. 1850 by Sir William Tite for the London & South Western Railway. Yellow stock brick with stucco bands & quoins. Slated, hipped roof with tall, brick chimney stacks. 2 storeys to front, 3 to rear. 3 windows. Central, round-arched entrance with double doors & fanlight. Architraved head linked to flanking window heads by impost bands; right-hand window with margin glazing; left- hand converted to a shop front. 1st floor 4-pane sashes with stucco sill band continuing around the building. Rear elevation in similar style with round-arched margin glazed windows corresponding to the front. A steep stair links the entrance at road level to the platform.

Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: Yes

Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes

What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: South West Trains

Station/Depot Web Site: [Web Link]

If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?: Not listed

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