Feltham railway station
Template:Use dmy dates Template:Use British English Template:Infobox London station Feltham railway station is in Feltham, in the London Borough of Hounslow. It was opened in 1848 by the Windsor Staines and South Western Railway (later the London and South Western Railway). It is in Travelcard Zone 6. A regular bus service runs from Feltham to Heathrow Airport.
A footbridge in the station with lifts connects the platforms. There is a footbridge, beyond the level crossing at the west of the station for pedestrians to cross when the gates are closed and beyond that a more recent footbridge allows disabled accessed crossing by ramps and connects with the town's shopping centre.
There are a small shop, toilets, ticket machines and a small seating area in the booking hall before the main ticket barriers on Platform 1 (Eastbound or 'Up'). A small bus station adjoins the booking hall for services to London Heathrow Airport and neighbouring localities. On platform 1 there are covered waiting shelters, vending machines and a coffee kiosk.
The westbound, or 'Down', Platform 2, was the original entrance to the station. The Victorian former station house is in a local conservation area. The small station car park is also used for rail replacement bus services and courtesy buses to local employers. Before World War II a new main station entrance was built on the road bridge carrying Hounslow Road across the line but it and a footbridge connecting the two platforms were taken out of service in the early 1990s, that entrance is now bricked up. Other unused space in the original building includes the former Red Star parcels office. Platform 2 has automatic ticket machines, barriers with a side gate for access when the barriers are unmanned, a small shop, and covered seating.
While the present station was under construction in the 1990s, the original station was used with a temporary building in the car park area. The new station was built under the SWELTRAC partnership between local authorities, Heathrow Airport Ltd (part of BAA), and the rail industry which was intended to encourage use of public transport and to allow easy rail/bus interchanges. The new station is at the western extremity of New Road, Feltham, at the junction with Bedfont Lane, hard by the level crossing, as land to the north east on New Road, previously used for railway purposes, was occupied by a supermarket and a private sporting facility.
The typical hourly off-peak weekday service from the station is:
- 6 to London Waterloo, of which:
- 2 to Template:Rws, calling at all stations
- 2 to Template:Rws, calling at all stations.
- 2 to Template:Rws calling at Template:Rws then all stations.
On Sundays the typical hourly service is:
- 5 to London Waterloo, of which:
- 3 call at Whitton, Twickenham, Richmond, Putney, Clapham Junction, and Vauxhall.
- 1 calls at all stations via Richmond.
- 1 calls at all stations on the Hounslow Loop.
- 2 tph to Windsor & Eton Riverside, of which:
- 1 tph to Woking, calling at all intermediate stations.
- 2 tph to Reading calling at Staines then all stations.
Feltham station is one of the nearest National Rail stations to Heathrow Airport, especially to Terminal 4. Signs at the station and in timetables give Feltham as a connection for the airport. Buses to the airport run from the small bus station by the exit from Platform 1 and link directly to all five terminals. Route 285 serves Terminals 1,2 and 3, and route 490 serves Terminals 4 and 5.<ref name="heathrow-bus">Template:Cite web</ref>
A shuttle bus service to the airport was started in 1999 with two dedicated bus routes to the airport: Route T123 for terminals 1, 2 and 3, and route T4 for terminal 4. In 2000 T4 was withdrawn and the frequency of T123 reduced. Until 2008 their replacement was the existing route 285 which added a short detour to serve the station forecourt; passengers for terminal 4 were advised to change at Hatton Cross (which is in the Heathrow free travel zone with free travel between Hatton Cross and all terminals). In March 2008 terminal 5 opened and route 490 was diverted to serve it and to make the detour into Feltham station bus station.
From the forecourt the 285 goes to Kingston or Heathrow Central in the other direction, and the 490 goes to Richmond or Heathrow Terminal 4 and 5 in the other direction. H25 serves Hatton Cross, as also do 285 and 490.
Other bus routes serve Feltham High Street, which is a short walk from the station.
Feltham lies on the route of the now abandoned Heathrow Airtrack plan proposed by BAA. A rail service would have run from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Template:Stnlnk, Template:Stnlnk and Guildford, replacing the airport bus service and providing a railway service directly from Feltham into the airport. BAA withdrew the Airtrack plan in 2011.
Motive power depot and Marshalling yard
To the east of the station was formerly Feltham marshalling yard one of the largest marshalling yards in Great Britain (1917–67) and a motive power depot
- Feltham station westbound.JPG
Platforms looking west, with old station visible on the left
- Feltham station eastbound.JPG
Platforms looking east
- Feltham station signage 2010.JPG
Platform signage. Station is advertised as close to the Airport but it's actually a significant bus ride away.
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Close-up of main entrance on the eastbound side
- Feltham station southern entrance and old building.JPG
New entrance (arch visible on the left) and old building on the westbound side
- Feltham station level crossing open.JPG
Looking south towards level crossing at the western end of the station, in open position.
- Feltham station level crossing closed.JPG
Level crossing at the western end of the station, in closed position