Byfleet and New Haw railway station

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Template:Infobox UK station Byfleet & New Haw railway station is served by the Waterloo to Woking service, operated by South West Trains. The station is at the northern edge of Byfleet with the village of New Haw immediately to the north and the M25 motorway within 400m to the west. It in in the county of Surrey, England and 500m from the Brooklands business, industrial, museum and retail estate in an outcrop of Weybridge.

History

The station was opened on 10 July 1927<ref name=Butt>Template:Cite book</ref> to cater for the increasing local population. The opening of the Vickers aircraft factory in 1911 led to Byfleet's population doubling in just ten years. Many new houses were built to accommodate the factory workers.

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Down stopping train passing West Weybridge station in 1953

The station was originally called "West Weybridge" and changed to its present name in June 1962.<ref name=Butt />

It is on a section of railway that forms part of the South Western Main Line's original form, the London and Southampton Railway, which was built in stages. The first stage opened in May 1838 and joined the London Terminus in Nine Elms with Woking Common, now Woking.

The London Necropolis Railway service would have passed through this location from its inception in 1854 until its demise, in 1941, during the Second World War.

Byfleet and New Haw Station is in close proximity to the historical Brooklands racetrack and aerodrome, which date back to 1907. The racetrack hosted the 1927 British Grand Prix a few months after the station opened.

Video - Steam trains at "West Weybridge" in 1946

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Service

At off-peak times there are 2 trains per hour north and 2 trains per hour south. Currently the services to Woking are usually at 00 and 30 minutes past the hour and those to London at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour. The station has two platforms and it predominantly served by stopping trains on the Woking to London Waterloo via Surbiton service. At peak times there are around 4 trains an hour to Waterloo, at other times half-hourly. On Sundays and late evenings/early mornings there is an additional service to Waterloo via Staines. As Byfleet and New Haw is one of the earlier stops on the Waterloo line, passengers getting on here stand a very good chance of getting a seat. The ticket office tends not to be open in the afternoons. Access for disabled passengers is difficult as passengers travelling in either direction need to negotiate a long staircase. There is no wheelchair access at this station.

Ticket Office and Station Staff

Byfleet and New Haw's ticket office is staffed on a part-time basis but has no platform staff. There is an automated ticket machine at the bottom of the first staircase.

Ticket Office Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 06:40-10:30
Saturday 09:00-13:00
Sunday Closed

Parking

Contrary to information on the National Rail website, Byfleet and New Haw has a car park although space is limited and it is difficult to get a space after morning rush hour. There is an obsolete pay and display machine within the car park, which appears to have been out of use for many years. One day parking is still advertised at 100p (£1).Template:Citation needed

Refurbishment

In March 2013, work began to refurbish the booking hall, subway and stairwells at the station. Works were completed in August 2013.

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