National Rail
Station building, seen in May 2021
General information
LocationGuildford, Borough of Guildford
Grid referenceSU991496
Managed byNetwork Rail
Platforms8 (7 In Use)
Other information
Station codeGLD
ClassificationDfT category B
Opened5 May 1845
2018/19Decrease 7.494 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.992 million
2019/20Decrease 6.937 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.951 million
2020/21Decrease 1.489 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.185 million
2021/22Increase 4.284 million
 Interchange Increase 0.515 million
2022/23Increase 5.285 million
 Interchange Increase 0.681 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Guildford railway station is at one of three main railway junctions on the Portsmouth Direct Line and serves the town of Guildford in Surrey, England. It is 30 miles 27 chains (30.34 mi; 48.8 km) down the line from London Waterloo via Woking.[1]

It provides an interchange station for two other railway lines: the North Downs Line northwards towards Reading, which has a connection to Aldershot; the same line eastwards to Redhill; and the New Guildford Line, the alternative route to London Waterloo, via Cobham or Epsom.

Guildford station is the larger, more frequently and more diversely served of the two stations in Guildford town centre, the other being London Road (Guildford) on the New Guildford Line.


A 1912 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Guildford railway station

The station was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) on 5 May 1845,[2] but was substantially enlarged and rebuilt in 1880.

The Reading, Guildford and Reigate Railway opened its services on 4 July 1849, and was operated by the South Eastern Railway.[2] LSWR services to Farnham via Tongham began on 8 October 1849 and the New Guildford Line to Leatherhead and Epsom Downs on 2 February 1885.[2] On the latter line is the other Guildford station, London Road. The line to it describes a curve around the town on an embankment, crossing the River Wey by a high bridge.

Guildford station was also the northern terminus of the, now-closed, Cranleigh Line which was opened 2 October 1865 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway and closed almost one hundred years later on 12 June 1965.[3] This line ran to Horsham by way of Cranleigh, Rudgwick and Christ's Hospital.

Accidents and incidents

Platform layout

Guildford railway station in 1989.
Looking towards the west from platform 2.
Platforms 6 and 7 serve the same single line.
Guildford Locomotive Depot 1965
An ex-Network SouthEast EMU operated by South West Trains at Guildford station in 2000.

The main station buildings are on the Down side. At the end of the Down side platform is a bay for the New Guildford Line. There are now three islands with seven platform faces plus the bay linked by both a long footbridge and a subway. Platforms 6 and 7 are opposite sides of the same line: these were used for unloading mail and parcels until the mid-1990s. The station was completely rebuilt (except for the platforms) by British Rail in the late 1980s.

Platforms 6 and 7 are on opposite sides of the same single line. Automatic train doors only open on the platform 6 side. Today doors are not opened on platform 7 due to the live rail being on that side, hence rendering that platform disused. Platform 6 is signalled for bi-directional working – trains may approach from either direction.

Motive Power Depot

Guildford station was the site of an important motive power depot opened by the LSWR in 1845. The original building was demolished in 1887 to make room for the enlargement of the station, and was replaced by a semi-roundhouse which was substantially enlarged in 1897. This was closed and demolished in 1967.[8] The Farnham Road multi-storey car park was built on the site in 1988.[9]


Guildford station was to have been the southern terminus for the proposed Heathrow Airtrack rail service. The project, promoted by BAA, envisaged the construction of a spur from the Waterloo to Reading Line to Heathrow Airport, creating direct rail links from the airport to Guildford, Waterloo, Woking and Reading. Airtrack was planned to open in 2015, subject to government approval.[10] In April 2011, BAA announced that it was abandoning the project,[11] citing the unavailability of government subsidy and other priorities for Heathrow,[12] such as linking to Crossrail and High Speed 2.


Class 206 3R unit, on a North Downs Line service, showing the pre-rebuild station. (June 1979)
Southern Region steam in 1965 in Guildford.
4Cig in 1980 in Guildford.

Guildford is served regularly by trains operated by South Western Railway and Great Western Railway.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[13]

Services at Guildford are operated using a mixture of rolling stock including classes: 444, 450 and 455 EMUs, and Class 165 and 166 DMUs. South Western Railway is replacing their Class 455 EMUs with Class 701 "Arterio" EMUs, meaning that these new trains will stop at Guildford station in the future.[14]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Worplesdon or Woking   South Western Railway
  Farncombe or Godalming
Wanborough   South Western Railway
London Road (Guildford)   South Western Railway
Great Western Railway
Limited Service
Disused railways
Terminus   London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
  Bramley & Wonersh
Line and station closed


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  2. ^ a b c White, H P (1982). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain, Vol 2, Southern England. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 126–128. ISBN 0-7153-8365-5.
  3. ^ "Cranleigh Railway Line: The Guildford and Horsham Direct Railway. ~ 1865 to 1965". Cranleigh Railway. 23 April 2007.
  4. ^ Moody, G.T. (1979) [1957]. Southern Electric 1909–1979 (Fifth ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. p. 122. ISBN 0-7110-0924-4.
  5. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1991). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 7. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 44. ISBN 0-906899-50-8.
  6. ^ "Rail experts probe South West Trains blasts after upgrade". BBC News. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Explosion in an underframe equipment case at Guildford 7 July 2017" (PDF). Rail Accident Investigation Branch. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  8. ^ Griffiths, Roger; Smith, Paul (1999). The directory of British engine sheds and principal locomotive servicing points: 1. Southern england, the midlands, East Anglia and Wales. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Company. p. 77. ISBN 0-86093-542-6.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1989). Guildford to Redhill. Country rail routes. Midhurst: Middleton Press. Fig. 18. ISBN 0-9065-2063-0.
  10. ^ "Heathrow Airtrack". BAA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Heathrow Airtrack Waterloo rail link shelved by BAA". BBC News London. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  12. ^ Samuel, A. (11 April 2011). "Heathrow: 'No option but to withdraw proposed Airtrack link to Staines'". Rail News from Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  13. ^ Table 149, 152, 155, 156 National Rail timetable, December 2023
  14. ^ "Arterio | Our Trains | South Western Railway". Southwestern Railway. Retrieved 25 August 2023.

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