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Kingswood railway station

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Location  Kingswood
Station code  KND
Accessible  Yes
Number of platforms  2
Managed by  Southern
DfT category  E
Fare zone  6
Local authority  Reigate and Banstead
Kingswood railway station
Address  Banstead, Tadworth KT20 6EN, United Kingdom
Similar  Tadworth railway station, Tattenham Corner railway st, Chipstead railway station, Woodmansterne railway station, Merstham railway station

Kingswood railway station is in the county of Surrey. It is a late-Victorian station on the Tattenham Corner Line. Train services and the station are operated by Southern.

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The station has a building on the up side only (platform 1), with just a metal shelter on the down side (platform 2). Part of the building is still used by Southern, with a large waiting area and ticket office on the ground floor, though this is only open during weekday morning peak travel. The upper floors and part of the ground floor are used as offices, the Tudor Business Centre. There is a small forecourt available for car parking on both sides of the station, cyclists are provided with a small shelter. The two platforms are connected by a new steel over bridge (which replaced the existing concrete bridge in early 2014).

There is a self-serve ticket machine located on each platform and Oyster smart card readers are installed at the entrance/exits on both sides of the station.

History

Kingswood station originally opened in 1897 as Kingswood and Burgh Heath. It was the original terminus of the single-track Tattenham Corner Line before it was extended to Walton-on-the-Hill in 1900 (now Tadworth) and Tattenham Corner a year later. It was also the first and only station on the line before Chipstead and Banstead Downs (now Chipstead) was built in 1899.

An open air terrace was once provided on top of the station's platform canopy for afternoon tea. However, this only lasted until 1920 as the steam and soot from the trains beneath rendered it unprofitable.

Services

Typical off-peak (including weekends) train service per hour (as of May 2016):

  • two to London Bridge via East Croydon
  • two to Tattenham Corner
  • During the evening the service is typically:

  • two to London Victoria via Selhurst (not Saturdays or Sundays)
  • two to Tattenham Corner
  • In the weekday rush hours, more trains operate and both London termini are served.

    Trains are typically formed of Class 455 and Class 377 Electrostars. During the slam door period SUBs and EPBs were the mainstay of the service.

    It was initially proposed that from 2018, when the Thameslink Programme is completed, services on this line would be operated with larger 12 car trains offering all day direct services to Cambridge via London Blackfriars. However, in September 2016, these proposals have been dropped; instead, services on the Tattenham Corner Line are to "remain as Southern South London Metro services with increased capacity as compared to today".

    References

    Kingswood railway station Wikipedia


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