Kew Bridge National Rail
Kew Bridge station with platform shelters and Class 707 EMU no.707028 calls on platform 2 in June 2018
Kew Bridge is located in Greater London
Kew Bridge
Kew Bridge
Location of Kew Bridge in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hounslow
Grid referenceTQ189781
Managed bySouth Western Railway
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeKWB
DfT categoryF1
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 1.282 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 1.281 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.356 million[1]
2021–22Increase 0.810 million[1]
2022–23Increase 0.952 million[1]
Railway companies
Original companyWindsor, Staines and South Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
22 August 1849 (1849-08-22)Opened as Kew
1 January 1869Renamed Kew Bridge
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°29′22″N 0°17′16″W / 51.4895°N 0.2878°W / 51.4895; -0.2878
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Kew Bridge railway station is a railway station in Brentford, the London Borough of Hounslow, and is in Travelcard Zone 3. The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway. The station was named after the nearby Kew Bridge.


Kew Bridge station building, current entrance to the right in October 2008.

The station was built by the Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway (WS&SWR) and was opened on 22 August 1849 by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR), which had absorbed the WS&SWR whilst that railway was under construction. Originally named Kew, it was renamed Kew Bridge on 1 January 1869.[2][3] The North & South Western Junction Railway in a spirit of affording LSWR access to Fenchurch Street operated its admittedly rival 'Kew' station (1853–1866) on the western curve. From 1862 the companies cooperated: the junction railway company built additional Kew Bridge platforms (which were closed in 1940), the LSWR having constructed the eastern curve itself.

The Grade II listed large station building, designed by Sir William Tite, is now a coffee shop.[4]


The station, on the Hounslow Loop Line, is on the southern and eastern curves of the Kew Bridge railway triangle, although the eastern curve platforms are abandoned. The station building was extensively refurbished in June 2013, with the platforms reached by a side walkway.

The station has 2 active platforms and 2 disused platforms:

There are currently no passenger services on the eastern and western curves,[5][6] but both have been proposed by the London Borough of Hounslow for Crossrail and also for Zone 3 Overground Orbirail.[7] The football stadium redevelopment plan includes space for additional platforms on the other curves.

Briefly, between 2000 and 2002, Anglia Railways ran trains originating from the Great Eastern Main Line via the North London Line and the western curve as far as Basingstoke. This was termed the "Crosslink" service.

Local attractions

Britain's largest foldable cycle manufacturer, Brompton Bicycle, was based behind the station, along the northeast edge of the railway triangle. It has now relocated to Southall. Nearby attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the London Museum of Water & Steam, Gtech Community Stadium, the home of Brentford Football Club, and the Musical Museum, Brentford.


Hounslow Council proposed that Crossrail services from the east have the option of terminating at Hounslow as well as Reading by a mix of existing line and new connections.[8] This proposal was rejected.

Other plans have been drafted and floated to Network Rail for reinstatement of track on the curves and direct services for Brentford Football Club's development of its Lionel Road stadium.[citation needed]



The typical off-peak weekday service in trains per hour is

On Sundays there is one train per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Woking via Feltham and one train per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Twickenham, Kingston, Wimbledon and Waterloo via Hounslow.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Chiswick   South Western Railway
Hounslow Loop Line


London Buses routes 65, 110, 237, 267, night routes N9 and N65 serve the station.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 202. CN 8983.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 131. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ Historic England (23 July 1992). "Kew Bridge Station, Kew Bridge Road (1260672)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  5. ^ loveplums page on Kew Bridge station
  6. ^ London's Abandoned Tube Stations: Kew Bridge
  7. ^ "London orbital railway on mayor's £1.3tn wishlist". The Guardian. 30 July 2014.
  8. ^ Corridor 7: Crossrail to Hounslow Archived 14 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Buses from Kew Bridge" (PDF). TfL. 28 August 2021. Retrieved 20 November 2021.