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. 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 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:
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. 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.
The footbridge viewed from platform 1. Note the large space under the footbridge on platform 2.
The view back from the footbridge
The view to New Kew junction from platform 1
This subway goes under Chiswick High Rd. It is not known why it was built.
This is the subway under Lionel Road to abandoned platform 3.
The abandoned platforms 3 & 4
The ramp down to abandoned platform 4
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.