Chertsey railway station

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Chertsey National Rail
Chertsey Railway Station 2014.jpg
Location
PlaceChertsey
Local authorityRunnymede
Grid referenceTQ037664
Operations
Station codeCHY
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.688 million
2014/15Increase 0.696 million
2015/16Decrease 0.674 million
2016/17Increase 0.707 million
2017/18Decrease 0.697 million
History
14 February 1848Opened
1 October 1866Resited on the opposite site of the road
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chertsey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Chertsey railway station serves the town of Chertsey in the Runnymede District of Surrey, England. It is located on the Chertsey Branch of the Waterloo to Reading Line and is operated by South Western Railway.

The station was opened by the London and South Western Railway, with the initial section of the Chertsey branch line, in 1848. The existing building, now a Grade II listed building, was opened on 1 October 1866. It comprises Up and Down platforms having brick buildings: the main building being on the Down side. There is a level crossing here.

Local mythology ascribes the design of the existing station building to William Tite but, in fact, he had stopped all architectural work about 13 years previously. Historic England says, on this subject, "design thought to have been derived from earlier prototypes by Sir William Tite for L.S.W.R." citing, as its source, the book Victorian Stations: Railway Stations in England and Wales, 1836-1923 by Gordon Biddle 1973.

The station featured prominently in the seventh and last series of Public Eye (TV series) broadcast in 1975. In this series, the main character, private investigator Frank Marker rents and operates from a cheap cabin on the station forecourt, never bothering to change the lettering along the front from the Apollo Aerials sign which was there when he first came across the building.

Inside the station building was a café called the Buffet Carr which closed late 2009. A second unnamed café was operating at the station, which was replaced by 'Cravin' Coffee' in late 2016.

Originally suited to serve up to 4-coach trains, an extension project that concluded in 2017 extended both platforms to serve up to 12-coach trains.

Original Station[edit]

Whereas the current station is about 40m to the north west of Guildford Street, the original 1848 station was on the other side of Guildford Street to the south east. At the time it opened and for 18 years thereafter, the line terminated at Guildford Street and the branch line ran only in a south easterly direction to Weybridge railway station. It was only with opening of the current station in 1866 that the line was completed north westwards to Virginia Water railway station in order to allow travel onward to Egham railway station and Reading railway station. The original station building was on the north eastern side of the tracks.

Plans showing the layout of both stations are available for viewing, by prior arrangement, in the research section of Chertsey Museum. An 1848 plan shows the original station at the time it was built. Plans from 1870-1880 show the current station with new buildings springing up around it but still using the sidings, goods warehouse and engine house on the other side of Guildford Street left over from the original station.

Services[edit]

There is a direct half-hourly service at non-peak times from the station to London Waterloo line via Staines and Hounslow on Platform 1.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Virginia Water   South Western Railway
Chertsey Branch
  Addlestone

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Coordinates: 51°23′13″N 0°30′36″W / 51.387°N 0.510°W / 51.387; -0.510