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Guildford
Guildford
Guildford Station, looking north
(from Farnham Road road bridge)
Location
PlaceGuildford
Local authorityBorough of Guildford
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Operations
Station codeGLD
Managed bySouth West Trains
Platforms in use7
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
History
Opened 5 May 1845 (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.
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Guildford railway station is an important railway junction on the Portsmouth Direct Line serving the town of Guildford in Surrey, England. It is 30.3 miles (48 km) from London Waterloo.

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.

History Edit

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Template:Ascot to Guildford Line The station was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) on 5 May 1845, but was substantially enlarged and rebuilt in 1880.

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.[1] This line ran to Horsham by way of Cranleigh, Rudgwick and Christ's Hospital.

Platform layout Edit

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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.[citation needed] 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.[2] The Farnham Road multi-storey car park was built on the site in the 1990s.Template:When

AirtrackEdit

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.[3] In April 2011, BAA announced that it was abandoning the project,[4] citing the unavailability of government subsidy and other priorities for Heathrow,[5] such as linking to Crossrail and HS2.

Services Edit

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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.

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South West Trains Edit

First Great Western Edit

Southern (peak hours only) Edit

CrossCountry Edit

Preceding station National Rail logo.svg National Rail Following station
Worplesdon   South West Trains
Portsmouth Direct Line
Slow services
  Farncombe
Woking   South West Trains
Portsmouth Direct Line
Fast services
  Haslemere
London Road (Guildford)   South West Trains
New Guildford Line
  Terminus
Wanborough   South West Trains
Ascot to Guildford line
  Terminus
Reading   Cross Country Trains
Cross Country Network
  Terminus
North Camp   First Great Western
North Downs Line
semi-fast services
  Dorking Deepdene
Wanborough   First Great Western
North Downs Line
stopping services
  Shalford
London Road (Guildford)   Southern
Mole Valley Line
Peak periods only
  Terminus
Disused railways
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region

Cranleigh Line
  Bramley & Wonersh

References Edit

  1. Cranleigh Railway website (2007-04-23).
  2. 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. 
  3. Heathrow Airtrack. BAA. Retrieved on 6 January 2010.
  4. Heathrow Airtrack Waterloo rail link shelved by BAA. BBC News London (11 April 2011). Retrieved on 11 April 2011.
  5. 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.

External links Edit

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Coordinates: 51°14′13″N 0°34′48″W / 51.237°N 0.580°W / 51.237; -0.580

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