North Sheen railway station
North Sheen railway station is in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, in south London, and is in Travelcard Zone 3. The station, on the eastern edge of Richmond, is named after the North Sheen area which, in 1965, was absorbed by Kew. It was opened by the Southern Railway on 6 July 1930. The station and all trains serving it are now operated by South West Trains.
North Sheen station is a key transport hub, serving the area between Mortlake and Richmond stations on the South West Trains main line rail service, and is the main stopping-off point for commuters to the newly refurbished Richmond International Business Centre at Argyle House. It is also convenient for the nearby Sainsburys, Currys and Homebase shops. The station is regularly used by residents from the Courtlands and Sheen Court estates at the top of Manor Road and a boost in passenger numbers is to be expected with about 300 flats to be built in the neighbourhood.
North Sheen station is just off Manor Road, where there is a level crossing. Originally, the railway was planned to run through a narrow cutting, allowing Green Lane (as Manor Road was then called) to be carried over the railway by a road bridge.<ref name="History">Template:Cite web</ref>
The station had a footbridge allowing access to the island platforms from both sides of the level crossing, but now only the northern half of that bridge remains. A new bridge, on the opposite side of the level crossing to the station, was opened in October 2013.<ref name="Opening">Template:Cite press release</ref> When the level crossing is closed, passengers wishing to gain access to the platforms from the south side of Manor Road have to use both the new bridge and the existing one.
The typical off-peak service from the station is:
- 8 trains per hour to London Waterloo, of which:
- 4 run direct via Clapham Junction
- 2 run circuitously via Richmond, Kingston and Wimbledon
- 2 run circuitously via Richmond and Hounslow