Southall Elizabeth line National Rail
Southall station 22nd May 2022 02.jpg
New station building since 2021
Southall is located in Greater London
Southall
Southall
Location of Southall in Greater London
LocationSouthall
Local authorityLondon Borough of Ealing
Managed byElizabeth line[1]
Station codeSTL
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms5
AccessibleYes
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 2.684 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 2.657 million[2]
2018–19Increase 3.122 million[2]
2019–20Increase 3.475 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 1.267 million[2]
Key dates
1 May 1839Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′22″N 0°22′42″W / 51.506°N 0.3783°W / 51.506; -0.3783Coordinates: 51°30′22″N 0°22′42″W / 51.506°N 0.3783°W / 51.506; -0.3783
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Southall    ਸਾਊਥਾਲ
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This station has step-free access.
  • 1 & 2: National Rail to Wales & the West of England
  • 3 & 4: Elizabeth line to Heathrow and Reading
  • Relief: Southall Down Yard
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South Road
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Southall is a railway station on the Great Western Main Line in Southall, London, England. It is in Travelcard Zone 4 and passenger services are provided by Great Western Railway and the Elizabeth line from London Paddington. It is 9 miles 6 chains (14.6 km) down the line from Paddington and is situated between Hanwell to the east and Hayes & Harlington to the west.

The station is managed by Transport for London, and was rebuilt with step-free access as part of the Crossrail project.

History

Up freight passing Southall Station in 1961
Up freight passing Southall Station in 1961
Goods train coming off the Brentford Dock branch in 1961
Goods train coming off the Brentford Dock branch in 1961

The Great Western Railway opened Southall railway station on 1 May 1839, nearly one year after it opened its first railway line on 4 June 1838, between London Paddington and Maidenhead Riverside (the latter now known as Taplow).[3] The Brentford Branch Line to Brentford Dock was opened for freight in 1859;[4] a passenger service ran on the branch from 1860 until 1942, using the unnumbered platform at the south of the station (the line serving this platform is now only used as a relief line). From 1 March 1883 to 30 September 1885 (when the service was discontinued as uneconomic) the District Railway ran trains between Mansion House and Windsor which called at the station.[5][6] The goods platforms opened as part of the original station were closed and dismantled in 1967.[7] The Great Western Main Line was electrified through Southall in the early 1990s as part of the Heathrow Express project.[8]

Crossrail

Southall was first proposed to be part of the Crossrail project in the 1990s.[9] In 2004, public consultation into the project proposed a new station building with step free access, as well as platform extensions to serve longer trains. The number of seats available into Central London would treble, due to longer and more frequent trains.[10]

In March 2010, the Crossrail Specialist Scrutiny Panel recommended that Crossrail should give consideration to the proposed regeneration developments in the area, including the Southall Gas Works development and the landscaping of unused work sites.[11]

In May 2011, Network Rail announced that it would deliver improvements and alterations to prepare the station for Crossrail services.[12] The work would include platform extensions, a new ticket hall designed by Bennetts Associates[13] with level access from South Road, and step-free access to all platforms.[9] Outside the station, public realm improvements funded by Transport for London and Ealing Borough Council would include widened pavements, street trees and cycle parking.[14][15]

In 2015, Ealing Council approved the proposed work at Southall, allowing initial construction work to commence.[16] In 2017, it was announced that completion of the station was delayed until 2019.[17] In 2019, contracts for the new station building was awarded, allowing construction of the new station building.[18] Following delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[19] the refurbished station opened on 26 August 2021, providing step free access to all platforms.[20][21]

Accidents and incidents

Main article: Southall rail crash

On 19 September 1997, a Great Western Trains passenger train from Swansea to London Paddington failed to stop at a red signal and collided with a freight train, killing 7 people and injuring 139 others.[22] The train driver, Larry Harrison, was charged with manslaughter, but the case against him was dropped. Great Western Trains was fined £1.5 million for the crash. Following this accident and the more serious Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash some miles east, First Great Western requires all its trains to have their ATP switched on at all times. If the equipment is faulty, the train is stored out of use.

Bilingual signage

Southall station roundel, with ਸਾਊਥਹਾਲ in Gurmukhī
Southall station roundel, with ਸਾਊਥਹਾਲ in Gurmukhī

Southall station has bilingual station signage, owing to the large Punjabi community in the local area. Station signs on the platforms bear "Southall" and also "ਸਾਊਥਹਾਲ" in Gurmukhī, a script commonly used for the Punjabi language. In 2007, following issues raised by other ethnic groups in the area, First Great Western announced it would review the signage.[23] The bilingual signs were kept, and were still displayed at the station.[24] In 2021, the new station building and platform roundel maintained the use of bilingual signage. It is one of the relatively few stations in England to have bilingual signage, others being Whitechapel (Bengali), Wallsend (Latin), Hereford (Welsh), Moreton-in-Marsh (Japanese) and St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International (all French).

Layout and facilities

Southall railway station has five platforms, one of which is unnumbered and used only for freight and special events.[25] In normal circumstances, platforms 1 and 2, on the fast lines, and the unnumbered platform are not used by passengers; platforms 3 and 4 are used by all trains serving the station. The new station building has a ticket office and automatic ticket barriers. A footbridge gives access to platforms 3 and 4 via steps and lifts, while gates prevents access to the other three, under normal circumstances.

Oyster "pay as you go" has been available since October 2008 for journeys to or from Southall.[26]

Services

Trains at Southall are operated by Great Western Railway and Elizabeth line.

The Monday-Saturday off-peak service is:

The Sunday service is:

From Autumn 2022 Elizabeth line trains to London Paddington will continue into the new tunnels under Central London to Abbey Wood in southeast London.

From May 2023 Elizabeth Line trains will also travel to Shenfield on the Great Eastern Main Line

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Hayes & Harlington   Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
  Ealing Broadway
Elizabeth line roundel (no text).svg Elizabeth line
Hayes & Harlington   Elizabeth line
Paddington - Heathrow Terminal 4
  Hanwell
Hayes & Harlington   Elizabeth line
Paddington - Reading
  Ealing Broadway
  Historical services  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Line and station open
towards Windsor
District line
Line and station open
towards Mansion House
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Brentford Branch Line
  Trumpers Crossing Halte
Line and station closed

Connections

London Buses routes 105, 120, 195, 482, E5 and H32 serve the station.[27]

See also

References

  1. ^ Station facilities for Southall
  2. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society". 11. Bishopsgate Institute. 1953: 113. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ MacDermot, E T (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. 1 (1833–1863) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway.
  5. ^ Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0.
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  7. ^ Brown, Joe (2009). London Railway Atlas (2nd ed.). Ian Allan Publishing. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-7110-3397-9.
  8. ^ "Heathrow Express". Railway Technology. Archived from the original on 15 August 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Crossrail – from its early beginnings". Crossrail. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Round 2 Consultation Information Panels" (PDF). Crossrail. August 2004. pp. 36–38. Retrieved 7 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Unwin, Kevin, "Crossrail Specialist Scrutiny Panel 2009/2010" (PDF), Draft Final Report, London Borough of Ealing, pp. 36–40, retrieved 23 June 2010
  12. ^ "Crossrail Station Design Contract Awarded". Crossrail. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Crossrail Surface Stations • Projects • Bennetts Associates". Bennetts Associates. Retrieved 7 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Places and Spaces - Urban Realm on the Crossrail route" (PDF). Crossrail. March 2014. pp. 16–17.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ McDougall, Hamish (3 June 2014). "Crossrail exhibits design proposals for areas around stations". Crossrail. Retrieved 7 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Ealing Council approves Southall Station development as part of Crossrail". UK Construction Online. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  17. ^ "Crossrail stations in west London delayed until 2019". BBC News. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  18. ^ O’Connor, Rob (8 May 2019). "Network Rail announces new contracts for Crossrail project". Infrastructure Intelligence. Retrieved 7 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Horgan, Rob (22 October 2020). "'Substantial progress' made at late running Crossrail stations". New Civil Engineer. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  20. ^ White, Chloe (1 September 2021). "Major redevelopment at Southall station provides more space and step free access to all platforms". RailAdvent. Retrieved 3 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Ambrose, Tom (26 August 2021). "New Southall station opens ahead of Elizabeth Line starting". Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ Wolmar, Christian (20 September 1997). "Southall, 1.15pm, Friday 19 September 1997. It's happened again". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  23. ^ "Language row over station signs". British Broadcasting Corporation. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Southall Station". The Trainline. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  25. ^ Catford, Nick (26 May 2017). "Southall". Disused Stations. Archived from the original on 23 April 2022. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  26. ^ "Oyster PAYG on National Rail" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2009.
  27. ^ "Southall Station". Transport for London. London. 26 April 2022. Archived from the original on 26 April 2022. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
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  • Mitchell V. and Smith, K. (2000) "2. Brentford Branch, Southall", In: Branch Lines of West London, Midhurst : Middleton Press, ISBN 1-901706-50-8, p. 16-23