Kingston railway station (London)
Template:Use British English Template:Refimprove Template:Infobox London station Kingston railway station is in Kingston upon Thames in South West London. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South West Trains. It is in Travelcard Zone 6.
The station opened on 1 July 1863 as "Kingston Town", to distinguish it from the earlier Kingston station (which became Template:Rws) on the South West Main Line. It was then the terminus of the London & South Western Railway branch line from Template:Rws. The platforms built when the line was prolonged in 1869 to connect to the South West Main Line were named "Kingston High Level".
The Southern Railway rebuilt and unified the station in 1935. In August 2010 it was refurbished, with the entrance, but not the concourse, moving a few metres to face Wood Street instead of being at the corner formed by Wood Street and Richmond Road, and the independent shop was replaced by a WHSmith and a Costa Coffee shop.Template:Citation needed
In common with the 16 hourly off-peak closer commuter services to/from London Waterloo calling at Earlsfield railway station (more during peak) and all intermediate London stations all managed by South West Trains,<ref>Namely:
- 4tph to Guildford (2 via Cobham and 2 via Epsom) (ie excluding the fastest Portsmouth service)
- 2tph to Chessington South
- 2tph to Template:Stnlnk
- 2tph to Hampton Court
- 2tph to Shepperton
- 2tph to Template:Stnlnk
- 2tph to Waterloo on thh Kingston Loop
</ref> trains must stop at every intermediate station. There are no fast services available to mid distance destinations, which gives overcapacity towards the more suburban termini due to the longer journey time and overcrowding during the inner city phase of journeys. This situation can be contrasted to certain other routes to destinations just outside of Greater London in certain other directions. However, due to its location on the Kingston Loop Line, passengers can also travel from Kingston to London via Twickenham.
Ticket barriers are in operation.
The two northern platforms are on the through tracks while the third, at the south, is a long west-facing bay which has been used for past curtailments of the Shepperton service and allows reversal of trains coming via Template:Rws when there is a closure east of Kingston of either the loop or the main line. Stairs and lifts give access to the platforms.
The typical off-peak weekday service at Kingston in trains per hour is: <ref name="timetable">Kingston Loop and Shepperton to London Waterloo South West Trains Retrieved 15 March 2013</ref>
- 6 to Waterloo, of which:
- 4 run via Wimbledon
- 2 run via Richmond and Twickenham
- 2 to Template:Rws
Although no buses stop at the station entrance, Kingston Cromwell Road bus station is Template:Convert east and Kingston Fairfield bus station lies 200m (660 ft) to the south past the Rotunda and Old London Road telephone boxes statue. More than thirty bus routes pass through Kingston.<ref name="busmap">Buses from Kingston, Transport for London, Retrieved 15 March 2013</ref>