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Norbiton railway station

Norbiton
Norbiton is located in Greater London
Norbiton
Location of Norbiton in Greater London
Location Norbiton
Local authority Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Managed by South West Trains
Station code NBT
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 2.307 million[1]
2008–09 2.243 million[1]
2009–10 2.208 million[1]
2010–11 2.348 million[1]
2011–12 2.427 million[1]
2012–13 2.514 million[1]
2013–14 2.590 million[1]
Key dates
1 January 1869 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
  • Departures
  • Layout
  • Facilities
  • Buses
London Transport portal
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Norbiton railway station is in Norbiton, a suburb in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, in south west London. It is on the Kingston Loop Line. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South West Trains. It is in Travelcard Zone 5 and is a short walk from Kingston Hospital.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Station facilities 2
  • Platforms 3
  • Services 4
  • Popular culture references 5
  • Connections 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Coaching interests in Kingston were opposed to having a railway in the town and consequently the London and South Western Railway built its line to Southampton further south through Surbiton. This opposition continued even during the laying of the line from Twickenham although this line did reach a terminus in Kingston in 1863. In 1869 the line was extended through Norbiton to connect to the main line southwest of the present New Malden station.

When Queen Victoria visited distinguished residents in the Coombe Hill area, the royal train stopped at Norbiton, the only station in the area where the platform is at ground level. New Malden and Kingston have many steps. It is the only remaining example of Victorian railway architecture in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Station facilities

In February and March 2012 a secure, swipe-card accessible cycle park for 50 cycles was built on Platform 1 replacing the previous set of shelters and bike racks


During August 2009 the platforms were fenced with high steel railings prior to the installation of ticket barriers. During 2011 the single-width 'off-peak' gated exit from platform 2 was doubled in width in order to cope with the large numbers of passengers leaving the station when the barriers are not operational. During 2014 the gated exit was widened again.

During the autumn of 2014 the platforms 1 and 2 were raised and the edges reconstructed to reduce the step and gap for passengers getting on and off the trains. Earlier in 2014 the platforms were extended in preparation for longer trains.

There is a 38 space car park and space for 5 vehicles reserved for South West Trains staff.

Platforms

Norbiton station has two platforms.

  • Platform 1 - Trains to London Waterloo via Wimbledon.
  • Platform 2 - Trains to London Waterloo via Kingston & Richmond and trains to Shepperton.

Services

The typical off-peak service at the station in trains per hour is:

Popular culture references

The station was used as the filming location from which the title character caught his train each morning (with decreasing punctuality) in the British sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Although Reggie's home town in the series was called Climthorpe, a panning shot of the front of the station in the first episode shows him walking into Norbiton station. (The area remains largely unchanged, with the Frederick W. Paine funeral parlour and the zebra crossing across Coombe Road still in place, although a small number of buildings in front of the main station entrance have since been demolished.) David Nobbs may have thought of Climthorpe as near Norbiton, since various other stations between New Malden and London are named in Reggie's various excuses to explain his poor punctuality [2].

The station also appeared briefly in a 1971 episode of the Rodney Bewes sitcom Dear Mother...Love Albert.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
New Malden   South West Trains
Kingston Loop Line
  Kingston
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail   Following station
towards Twickenham or Shepperton
Crossrail
Line 2

Connections

London Buses routes K2, K3, K4 and K5 serve the station.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics.   Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.

External links

  • Train times and station information for Norbiton railway station from National Rail
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