|Guildford Station, looking north|
(from Farnham Road road bridge)
|Local authority||Borough of Guildford|
|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Platforms in use||7|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information|
from National Rail
|Annual rail passenger usage|
|2004/05 *||6.543 million|
|2005/06 *||11px 6.699 million|
|2006/07 *||11px 7.186 million|
|2007/08 *||11px 7.983 million|
|2008/09 *||11px 8.115 million|
|Opened 5 May 1845|
|National Rail - UK railway stations|
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|* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Guildford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics.|
It provides an interchange station for three other railway lines: the North Downs Line northwards towards Reading, and with connection to Aldershot; the same line eastwards to Redhill; the New Guildford Line, the alternative route to Waterloo, via Cobham or Epsom. It is one of two stations in Guildford, the other being London Road (Guildford), on the New Guildford Line.
The Reading, Guildford and Reigate Railway opened its services on 4 July 1849, and was operated by the South Eastern Railway. LSWR services to Farnham via Tongham began on 8 October 1849 and the New Guildford Line to Leatherhead and Epsom Downs on 2 February 1885. On the latter line is the other Guildford station: London Road: the line to it describes a curve around the town on an embankment, crossing the River Wey by a high bridge.
Guildford station was also the northern terminus of the (now-closed) Cranleigh Line of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, which opened 2 October 1865 and closed almost one hundred years later on 12 June 1965. This line ran to Horsham by way of Cranleigh, Rudgwick and Christ's Hospital.
Platform layout Edit
The main station buildings are on the Down side. At the end of the Down side platform is a bay for the New Guildford Line. There are now three islands with seven platform faces plus the bay linked by both a long footbridge and a subway. Platforms 6 and 7 are opposite sides of the same line: these were used for unloading mail and parcels until the mid-1990s. The station was completely rebuilt (except for the platforms) in the late 1980s.
- Platform 1 – Stopping services to London Waterloo via Epsom and peak time trains to London Bridge via Forest Hill, and London Victoria on the Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
- Platform 2 – Stopping services to London Waterloo via Cobham
- Platform 3 – Stopping services to London Waterloo via Woking [Sunday service only]
- Platform 4 – Fast and stopping services towards Portsmouth; semi-fast services to Gatwick Airport
- Platform 5 – Fast services to London Waterloo
- Platform 6 – Stopping services to Redhill and Intercity services to Newcastle (Edinburgh Waverley on Sundays)
- Platform 8 – Services to Reading, Aldershot and Ascot
Platforms 6 and 7 are on opposite sides of the same single line. Automatic train doors only open on the platform 6 side. Today doors are not opened on platform 7 due to the live rail being on that side, hence rendering that platform disused. Platform 6 is signalled for bi-directional working – trains may approach from either direction.
Motive Power DepotEdit
Guildford station was the site of an important motive power depot opened by the LSWR in 1845. The original building was demolished in 1887 to make room for the enlargement of the station, and was replaced by a semi-roundhouse which was substantially enlarged in 1897. This was closed and demolished in 1967. The Farnham Road multi-storey car park was built on the site in the 1990s.Template:When
Guildford station was to have been the southern terminus for the proposed Heathrow Airtrack rail service. The project, promoted by BAA, envisaged the construction of a spur from the Waterloo to Reading Line to Heathrow Airport, creating direct rail links from the airport to Guildford, Waterloo, Woking and Reading Central. Airtrack was planned to open in 2015, subject to government approval. In April 2011, BAA announced that it was abandoning the project, citing the unavailability of government subsidy and other priorities for Heathrow, such as linking to Crossrail and HS2.
The station is currently served by services operated by First Great Western from Reading to Gatwick Airport and South West Trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, Waterloo to Guildford via Cobham or Epsom and Ascot to Guildford via Aldershot. Occasional CrossCountry trains to Newcastle and Southern services on the Sutton and Mole Valley route towards West Croydon & London Bridge also calls.
South West Trains Edit
- 8tph (trains per hour) to London Waterloo, of which:
- 2tph fast services to Portsmouth Harbour
- 1tph stopping service to Portsmouth and Southsea
- 1tph stopping service to Haslemere
- 2tph to Ascot
First Great Western Edit
Southern (peak hours only) Edit
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Worplesdon||South West Trains|
Portsmouth Direct Line
|Woking||South West Trains|
Portsmouth Direct Line
|London Road (Guildford)||South West Trains|
New Guildford Line
|Wanborough||South West Trains|
Ascot to Guildford line
|Reading||Cross Country Trains|
Cross Country Network
|North Camp||First Great Western|
North Downs Line
|Wanborough||First Great Western|
North Downs Line
|London Road (Guildford)||Southern|
Mole Valley Line
Peak periods only
|Bramley & Wonersh|
- ↑ Cranleigh Railway website (2007-04-23).
- ↑ Griffiths, Roger and Smith, Paul (1999). The directory of British engine sheds and principal locomotive servicing points: 1. Southern england, the midlands, East Anglia and Wales. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Company, 77. ISBN 0-86093-542-6.
- ↑ Heathrow Airtrack. BAA. Retrieved on 6 January 2010.
- ↑ Heathrow Airtrack Waterloo rail link shelved by BAA. BBC News London (11 April 2011). Retrieved on 11 April 2011.
- ↑ Samuel, A. (11 April 2011). Heathrow: 'No option but to withdraw proposed Airtrack link to Staines'. Rail News from Rail.co. Retrieved on 11 April 2011.