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Woking railway station

Woking
Woking railway station's canopy above its apron.
Location
Place Woking
Local authority Woking
Coordinates
Grid reference TQ006587
Operations
Station code WOK
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 6
DfT category B
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2008/09 Decrease 7.484 million
2009/10 Decrease 7.144 million
2010/11 Increase 7.261 million
2011/12 Increase 7.358 million
2012/13 Increase 7.463 million
History
Original company London and Southampton Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
21 May 1838 (1838-05-21) Station opened as Woking Common
c. 1843 Renamed Woking
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Woking from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Woking railway station is a major stop in Woking, England, on the South Western Main Line used by many commuters. Woking station is served by a number of rail services including:

Fast trains from Woking take approximately twenty-six minutes to reach Waterloo (some stop at Clapham Junction). Trains from the Alton Line take roughly thirty-five minutes, and the stopping service fifty minutes, to Waterloo.

A twice-hourly RailAir bus service runs between the terminus beside the station and Heathrow Airport, a journey of about 50 minutes.

The station's southern exterior is an art deco rounded-edge building in a mixture of concrete and stock brick courses. It features less uniformity and glass than the town centre side

History

BR Class 33 008 Woking station with Mk1 Coaches heading towards Basingstoke

The London and Southampton Railway (L&SR) was authorised on 25 July 1834.[1] It was built and opened in stages, and the first section, that between the London terminus at Nine Elms and Woking Common was opened on 21 May 1838.[2] Woking Common became a through station with the opening of the next section of the line, as far as Winchfield, on 24 September that year.[3] On 4 June 1839, the L&SR was renamed the London and South Western Railway (LSWR),[4] and Woking Common station assumed its current name of Woking c. 1843.[5]

Woking became a junction with the opening of the Guildford Junction Railway (GJR) on 5 May 1845;[6] it had been authorised less than a year earlier, on 10 May 1844.[7] The GJR was always operated by the LSWR, and was absorbed by that company on 4 August 1845.[8]

Platforms

Woking Station has six platforms.

  • Platform 1 - Fast and semi-fast London Trains. Situated on the north side of the station.
  • Platform 2 - Fast London services.
  • Platform 3 - Stopping service to/from London. Situated at the easternmost end of platforms 2/4.
  • Platform 4 - Fast trains to Basingstoke, Southampton, Weymouth, Salisbury and Exeter.
  • Platform 5 - Portsmouth line, Alton line, Basingstoke stopping.
  • Platform 6 - a south facing bay platform, the first train of the day to Portsmouth Harbour via Eastleigh start from this platform, and it is often used to stable diesel locomotives in the event of a train failure.

Station announcements

Currently, the voice of Phil Sayer and Celia Drummond is played at this station, used for automated station announcements.

Services

In popular culture

Notes

  1. ^ Williams 1968, p. 20.
  2. ^ Williams 1968, pp. 35–36.
  3. ^ Williams 1968, p. 38.
  4. ^ Williams 1968, p. 122.
  5. ^ Butt 1995, p. 253.
  6. ^ Williams 1968, p. 132.
  7. ^ Williams 1968, p. 126.
  8. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 187.
  9. ^ Wells 1975, p. 59.

References

External links

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Clapham Junction
or London Waterloo
  South West Trains
Portsmouth Direct Line
  Guildford
South West Trains
Portsmouth Direct Line
(Stopping service)
Worplesdon
South West Trains
South Western Main Line
Brookwood or
Farnborough (Main) or Winchester
South West Trains
West of England Main Line
Basingstoke
West Byfleet   South West Trains
Alton Line
  Brookwood
South West Trains
Waterloo to Woking
(Stopping service)
Terminus
Weybridge   South West Trains
Waterloo to Basingstoke
(Stopping service)
  Brookwood
Historical railways
Staines   Anglia Railways
London Crosslink
  Farnborough (Main)
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