Mortlake National Rail
Mortlake
Mortlake
Location of Mortlake in Greater London
LocationMortlake
Local authorityRichmond upon Thames
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Station codeMTL
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms2
AccessibleYes
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Decrease 1.932 million[1]
2016–17Decrease 1.848 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 1.770 million[1]
2018–19Increase 1.803 million[1]
2019–20Increase 1.872 million[1]
Railway companies
Original companyRichmond and West End Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
27 July 1846 (1846-07-27)Opened as Mortlake
1 April 1886Renamed Mortlake & East Sheen
30 January 1916Renamed Mortlake
Other information
External links
WGS8451°28′06″N 0°16′02″W / 51.4682°N 0.2672°W / 51.4682; -0.2672Coordinates: 51°28′06″N 0°16′02″W / 51.4682°N 0.2672°W / 51.4682; -0.2672
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Mortlake railway station is in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, in south London, and is in Travelcard Zone 3. It is 8 miles 21 chains (13.3 km) down the line from London Waterloo.

The station and all trains serving it are operated by South Western Railway. Postal district and boundary changes over many years mean that Mortlake now serves the area known as East Sheen as well as the area of Mortlake, both of which share the SW14 postcode. Mortlake is the closest station to the finish of the Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race.

History

The station was opened on 27 July 1846, when the London and South Western Railway officially opened the line to Richmond for public service. Along with Richmond, it was not finished in time for a directors' special on 22 July 1846 and was still incomplete when the line opened due to delays in obtaining land.[2]

The original station was said to be similar to neighbouring Barnes Station in its Tudor Gothic-style, but much smaller. The office at Mortlake was described as being very small, with a very small entrance room and a small inner room for the ladies' waiting-room.[2] None of the original station survives.

It was renamed Mortlake & East Sheen in 1886, before it was renamed back to Mortlake in 1916.

Platforms and infrastructure

The station has two platforms:

There is a ticket office on Platform 2 and a footbridge between the two platforms.

There is a level crossing just beyond the east end of the station. More than 3800 vehicles and nearly 2400 pedestrians use the crossing daily and 349 trains pass over the crossing each weekday. It is considered to be the fourth most risky CCTV-crossing on Network Rail's Wessex Route.[3]

Services

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Barnes   South Western Railway
Hounslow/Kingston Loop Line
  North Sheen

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ a b Freeman, Leslie (June 1996). "The Coming of the Railway" (PDF). Barnes and Mortlake History Society. Barnes and Mortlake History Society. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  3. ^ Cuffe, Grainne (28 September 2017). "Network Rail report finds Mortlake Level crossing on Sheen Lane is 'high risk' to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle users". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 7 May 2020.