Hounslow railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Hounslow|
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 February 1850||Opened|
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Hounslow railway station, on the Hounslow Loop Line, is in the London Borough of Hounslow, in west London, and is in Travelcard Zone 5. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway.
The London and South Western Railway opened the calling point on 1 February 1850 on completion of the bridges and embankments at Isleworth station. A temporary station had opened as "Hounslow" 400 metres northeast of the present Isleworth station on 22 August 1849 to allow a service to run until the loop was connected and the line complete. After this point the main commercial businesses of Hounslow and landmark buildings moved westward along Staines Road, Hounslow's fledgling high street and a major then-artery serving London and the south-west to reflect the new position of the railway station serving the nascent town. The Victoria County History series local historian Susan Reynolds, in 1962, noted
"...it was not until the very end [of the nineteenth century] that there were any houses to speak of to the south of the station."
A resident station master was installed at the replacement Hounslow station in the early years and ceased to occupy the station house in the mid 20th century.
A total of £650,000 was spent for alterations over four months in the early 2010s including a larger booking hall and toilet, access for people with disabilities and low-energy, semi-automated lighting.
Hounslow Loop Line
The typical off-peak service from the station in trains per hour is:
- 4 direct to Waterloo via Brentford
- 2 circuitously to Waterloo via Twickenham and Richmond
- 2 to Weybridge, beyond the end of the loop which sees the line work as a corollary, to/from one of three of the destinations served by the main line.
On Sundays two trains per hour run to and from Waterloo, one of which continues to Woking and the other to Whitton, Twickenham and following stops back to London Waterloo including Richmond.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Isleworth||South Western Railway
Hounslow Loop Line
|South Western Railway
Waterloo to Chertsey via Hounslow
Station amenities and setting
London Buses route 281 serves the station. The town centre of Hounslow is 400m north of the station. The station has seating areas and a shop.
Service expansion schemes
West London Orbital
In 2017 a proposal to extend the London Overground network to Hounslow was announced by the London Assembly and Transport for London. The scheme, known as the West London Orbital envisages re-opening the Dudding Hill Line to passenger services and running trains from West Hampstead Thameslink and Hendon to Hounslow via the planned Old Oak Common Lane station. The plans are currently at public consultation stage with TfL.
In popular culture
- The station was featured in the music video for the 1982 Depeche Mode song See You.
- The line "Jeffrey, take the 9pm to Hounslow out of your mouth" is stated by character Stewie Griffin in the Family Guy episode "Dammit Janet!" (2000).
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- V. Mitchell and K. Smith, Kingston and Hounslow Loops, Middleton Press, 1900, ISBN 0-906520-83-5
- 'Heston and Isleworth: Introduction', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3, ed. Susan Reynolds (London, 1962), pp. 85-94. British History Online. Accessed 2017-05-14.
- "Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018". London City Hall. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- "West London Orbital". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 25 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
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