The Anonymous Widower

Exploring The Shepperton Branch Line

The Shepperton Branch Line could be incorporated into Crosssrail 2, so when I went to Fulwell station to look at the drainage works, I looked at the rest of the branch.

I’ve separated my thoughts into sections.

Fulwell Station

The pictures I took at Fulwell station, are shown separately in Fulwell Station And The Drainage Works.

It is very much a simple suburban station, but because it is next to Fulwell bus garage, it appears to be well served by buses.

Shepperton Station

Shepperton station wasn’t intended to be the terminus of the branch. Wikipedia talks of original plans crossing the Thames, to the East of Chertsey Bridge, but this plan was abandoned in 1862.

Looking at maps, there wouldn’t be any space between the houses to extend the line, over a 150 years later.

Around Shepperton Station

Around Shepperton Station

The station is South of the well-marked Sunbury Golf Course.

It is in some ways, a curious mix.

  • A long single platform.
  • No toilets, coupled with none on the trains.
  • Not a great deal of car parking.
  • Services for the passengers are only minimal.
  • Although only one train per hour runs on Sundays, the single line branch can handle more.

But it has a large modern station building.

I needed the toilet, so I went round the corner to a Costa and had a coffee and did my business.

Kempton Park Station

Kempton Park station is not one of the best on the line.

I would suspect that the racecourse would welcome this station being on Crossrail 2.

Crossrail 2

If Crossrail 2 comes to the Shepperton Branch Line, it will have effects on the line its stations and the surrounding area.

This document on the TfL web site is entitled Crossrail 2 factsheet: Services between Norbiton, Kingston and Shepperton, gives details.

This is said.

On the Shepperton branch up to 8 trains per hour, in each direction, would serve Norbiton, Kingston and Hampton Wick stations. 4 trains per hour, in each direction, would run west of Hampton Wick to Shepperton, calling at all stations.

The delivery of Crossrail 2 will be accompanied by station improvement work at a number of locations, including platform work and the installation of new lifts or ramps where there is currently no step-free access.

It is also proposed that a second platform at Shepperton station is provided.

Obviously, with up to eight trains an hour (8 tph) in each direction, there will need to be a second platform at Shepperton station.

This Google Map shows the station area in detail.

Shepperton Station

Shepperton Station

Note.

  1. The White-roofed building to the North-East of the station symbol, is the new station building.
  2. The station will get four tph of  1500-capacity Crossrail, with perhap 2 tph going to Waterloo in the Peak.
  3. A second platform could be a tight fit, but it is probably possible.

Some will argue, that Shepperton, doesn’t need this massive increase in capacity.

,There would appear to be few places on the Shepperton Branch to reverse the trains.

This Google Map shows.Teddington station.

Teddington Station

Teddington Station

A rebuilt or remodelled Teddington station would be a serious possibility.

  • The station has some space.
  • A reversing siding or a bay platform could be squeezed in.
  • The trains could also use a siding at Strawberry Hill Depot to reverse.
  • Reversing 4 tph could probably be easily handled at Teddington.

The Wikipedia entry for Crossrail 2, says this.

Shared use of the Shepperton Branch Line with 6-8 train per hour to Teddington and 4 trains per hour to Shepperton.

So perhaps to Crossrail 2, using Teddington station is more than a possibility.

Crossrail 2’s biggest problem on this line is not the trains or stations, but the level crossing at New Malden, that I wrote about in A Very Bad Level Crossing Problem.

 

October 30, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Before Crossrail 2 – Walthamstow Wetlands

The Walthamstow Wetlands have nothing really to do with Crosrail 2, but like Meridian Water they will have connections and interactions with the railway.

So how will the wetlands interact with Crossrail 2?

This image, which I clipped from this page, shows the layout of the wetlands.

MapmOf Walthamstow Wetlands

Map Of Walthamstow Wetlands

 

And this is a Google Map of the same area.

Google Map Of Walthamstow Wetlands

Google Map Of Walthamstow Wetlands

There are plans for entrances at Blackhorse Lane by Blackhorse Road station and at Coppermill Lane, just below the pair of Warwick reservoirs at the bottom left of the Google Map. The West Anglia Main Line runs between the reservoirs and Crossrail 2 will probably emerge from its tunnels between these reservoirs and Tottenham Hale station.

I also  suspect that some means to get into the wetlands will be provided at Tottenham Hale station, That will probably be walking and bicycle routes,perhaps  coupled with a shuttle bus. I do wonder whether the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, which borders the wetlands and passes just to the south of Tottenham Hale station might be brought into the mix. Nothing within the limits of sensible engineering should be ruled out.

After all Waltham Forest Council has obtained £4.4million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and that is a lot of reasons to think, that everybody wants the unique project of the Walthamstow Wetlands to be extremely successful.

Big projects work best from co-operation and not annoying the locals. Crossrail showed with the East-West line that they are masters at pulling it all together and used archaeology to get the locals enthused with the project, I suspect that they will use every opportunity to get the general public and politicians behind Crossrail 2.

I think that we will see Crossrail 2, Meridian Water and the Walthamstow Wetlands working together to develop the Lee Valley into London’s lung.

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July 24, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Before Crossrail 2 – Raynes Park

Raynes Park station will be an important station on Crossrail 2, as it will be the first station, after all the south western branches hsve joined together.

As this Google Map shows it is a station with an unusual layout.

Raynes Park Station

Raynes Park Station

The South Western Main Line runs through the middle of the station and there are two London-bound platforms on the north side of the main line and one platform for trains going towards Guildford via Epsom and to the Crossrail 2 destination of Chessington South and another for those going down the South Western Main Line to Surbiton and then to the Crossrail 2 destinations of Twickenham, Shepperton and Hampton Court.

There has been nothing to indicate how many trains go to each branch, but I would assume it is four trains per hour to each terminus or twenty trains per hour in total. As Crossrail and Thameslink are both planned to handle 24 tph in each direction, then this should be within the capability of the line. Currently, there are just twelve trains per hour to and from Waterloo.

These pictures show more of the unusual layout of the station.

It does appear that Crossrail 2 has the capacity to handle more trains through Raynes Park, but there will have to be some rebuilding to make the station a friendly place fit all passengers and the staff that work there.

One problem that needs to be solved at Raynes Park, is what happens if a passenger comes towards London on one branch and then wants to go down another. The same problem exists on Crossrail, where say you are travelling between Canary Wharf and Gidea Park. As the Central London stations have island platforms, you just go to the most convenient station on the central tunnel, which in the example is Whitechapel, and walk across to get the first train on the required branch.

Raynes Park would be the ideal station for a change, as all branches come together here. So the pattern of lines and plstforms will probably need a substantial remodelling.

Or you could always go to Wimbledon, which is the next station towards Central London and change there.

 

 

July 23, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 3 Comments

Before Crossrail 2 – Chessington South

Chessington South station is rather an oddity, in that it wasn’t designed as a terminus, but ended up that way as the Chessington Branch was foreshortened by the Second World War and didn’t reach Leatherhead.

This Google Map clearly shows the abandoned line continuing southwards.

Chessington South Station

Chessington South Station

The station has an extra platform that has never been used, so at least as a Crossrail 2 terminus, it could easily have two platforms.

All of the other stations on the branch, share the same concrete Art Deco design, which could probably be easily brought up to a standard very acceptable for Crossrail 2.

I don’t get Theme Parks, as cities are reality rather than fantasy and offer so much more, but I accept that others find them enjoyable places to visit.

So look at this Google Map showing Chessington South station, the route of the unbuilt branch and Chessington World of Adventures.

Chessington South Station And Chessington World Of Adventures

Chessington South Station And Chessington World Of Adventures

If I was the Managing Director of the Theme Park, I’d be doing everything I could to get a short extension of the railway to a station alongside the park, so that I could boost the green credentials of my business and hopefully attract more punters.

July 23, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Before Crossrail 2 – Motspur Park

Motspur Park station has an island layout, with all the facilities between the two lines and it is also close to a level crossing.

The station is also the last before the Chessington Branch splits from the line to Epsom and Guildford. So it is an easy interchange if you’re going up one branch and then down the other, as this Google Map shows.

Motspur Park Station

Motspur Park Station

Obviously, a new bridge with lifts could be added to this station, but I have a feeling that there might be a more imaginative design that might be better and more affordable.

July 23, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Before Crossrail 2 – Worcester Park

Worcester Park station is on the proposed Epsom branch of Crossrail 2.

It is a station, that has recently been upgraded with a fully-accessible footbridge.

July 23, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Before Crossrail 2 – Stoneleigh

Stoneleigh station is on the proposed Epsom branch of Crossrail 2.

It is certainly an unusual design of station, with an absolutely hideous concrete bridge.

July 23, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Before Crossrail 2 – Ewell West

Ewell West is the furthest south station on the Crossrail 2 branch to Epsom, that is still in the Freedom Pass area (Zone 6)

I took these pictures when I visited the station.

This Google Map doesn’t add much except show the car park.

Ewell West Station

Ewell West Station

It is not a station, that needs much work for Crossrail 2 except for a modern enclosed footbridge with lifts and a refurbishment.

July 23, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

Before Crossrail 2 – Epsom

I knew that Epsom station had been given a new building, but this modern creation surprised me.

This Google Map from a couple of years ago, shows the layout of the tracks and platforms.

Epsom Station

Epsom Station

The bridge over Waterloo Road certainly needs rebuilding for Crossrail 2 and the platforms will have to be lengthened. Will two terminal and two through platforms be enough for this busy station?

It may not be for everywhere and everybody’s taste, but plenty of stations could be improved by modern developments such as this, especially if in some places they use the space over the railway. Read  this news item in the Epsom Guardian, which describes the opening celebration, which says the following about the development.

The £20m development, which has revamped the station’s ticket hall, facade, car park, waiting shelters, toilets and cycle storage, was carried out by Network Rail and developer Kier, in partnership with Solum Regeneration.

Its new shops, hotel and apartments, which include some affordable housing units, have funded the development.  

So it looks like Epsom got functional modern station building, with an impressive list of facilities, at a very affordable cost.

The provision of a low-cost chain hotel in the development, is being seen increasingly often. Two London stations I use regularly; Dalston Junction and Walthamstow Central, have both had similar hotels to Epsom built in the last few years.

The developers, Solum Regeneration are a partnership between Network Rail and Kier. The latter is the fourth largest construction company in the UK.

The company seems to be associated with several station redevelopments.

If you read the news page on the Solum Regeneration web site, you’ll find developments at Christchurch, Guildford, Haywards Heath Redhill, Twickenham and Walthamstow Central.

If you read some of the comments in local papers on these developments, the locals are do object, often to the height of developments. But you have to ask, if they would prefer a run-down station with no facilities, which costs a fortune to run and just puts up the price of rail tickets.

I do wonder how many of the objectors, live comfortably in large houses and never use the train.

I wonder too what reaction some of Underground stations designed by Charles Holden, that we laud today as magnificent, got in the 1930s.

Some of his creations like Oakwood, Cockfosters and Turnpike Lane look incredibly stark even today and some can be rather draughty places. But these were practical buildings for a purpose and we are now generally proud of them.

We probably won’t give Listed status to stations like Dalston Junction, Epsom and Walthamstow Central, but as we use them, we’ll say that this is a lot better than it was and speeds me on my journey. We mustn’t forget that stations are functional buildings and they must be pleasant places to pass through and of course work.

Property development is one way to pay for a nice new station and if we don’t like it, we should make sure the Council looks after our interests.

July 22, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Before Crossrail 2 – Surrey County Council Think Crossrail 2 Should Go To Guidford

Chelsea may not want Crossrail 2, but according to this article on a Guildford web site, Surrey wants Crossrail 2 to be extended extended to Guildford and Woking to take pressure off their overcrowded services into Waterloo.

Although it could be a good idea, Crossrail 2 is getting submissions from many places to be included in the network like Stansted.

I think it would be better for Crossrail 2 to have good cross platform interchanges at places like Tottenham Hale, Cheshunt, Broxbourne and New Southgate in the North and Clapham Junction, Epson and Wimbledon in the South West, so that passengers can transfer easily to longer-distance services.

These improvements should raise the stations to a similar standard of say Stratford on Crossrail and they will be needed whether Crossrail 2 is built or not.

1. Wimbledon station must be a prime candidate for rebuilding, especially as eventually it could have an underground station for Crossrail 2. There is a Future section in the Wikipedua entry, which in addition to talking about Crossrail 2, details improvements to Tramlink. In my view the station needs a complete rebuild now, which although would be a challenge for architects, builders and passengers alike could bring capacity, access, operational and other improvements.

As I don’t want to repeat myself, there are more of my thoughts on this dreadful station in Crossrail 2 at Wimbledon.

2. Epsom station would appear to have been redeveloped. But will this be enough to handle Crossrail 2 and improve connectvity into Surrey?

I shall extend this post.

 

 

 

July 22, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment