West Drayton Crossrail National Rail
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West Drayton is located in Greater London
West Drayton
West Drayton
Location of West Drayton in Greater London
LocationWest Drayton
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hillingdon
Managed byTfL Rail[1]
Station codeWDT
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 2.066 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 2.046 million[2]
2018–19Increase 2.197 million[2]
2019–20Increase 2.380 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 0.712 million[2]
Key dates
4 June 1838Original station opened as West Drayton
9 August 1884Station re-sited
1895Renamed West Drayton and Yiewsley
6 May 1974Renamed West Drayton
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′35.79″N 0°28′20.15″W / 51.5099417°N 0.4722639°W / 51.5099417; -0.4722639Coordinates: 51°30′35.79″N 0°28′20.15″W / 51.5099417°N 0.4722639°W / 51.5099417; -0.4722639
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West Drayton railway station serves West Drayton and Yiewsley, western suburbs of London. It is served by local trains operated by Great Western Railway and TfL Rail. It is 13 miles 71 chains (22.3 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Hayes & Harlington to the east and Iver to the west.

In preparation for the introduction of Elizabeth line services, the operation of the station was transferred to MTR Crossrail on behalf of Transport for London at the end of 2017.


West Drayton station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway, and was opened on 4 June 1838 at the same time as the line.[3][4] However the original station was located slightly to the west of the current station, and was relocated to its current position from 9 August 1884 when the branch to Staines was opened.[4][5] From 1 March 1883, the station was served by District Railway services running between Mansion House and Windsor. The service was discontinued as uneconomic after 30 September 1885.[6][7]

Uxbridge (Vine Street) Branch Line
Uxbridge Vine Street
West Drayton

West Drayton was the junction station for both the Staines branch, and an earlier branch to Uxbridge Vine Street that opened in 1856. The Uxbridge branch closed to passengers in 1962, but part of the line was retained for freight traffic until 1979. The Staines branch closed to passengers in 1965, but the section of the line as far as Colnbrook remains open to freight traffic, latterly for the delivery of materials for the construction of Heathrow Airport's new terminal 5.[5]

From 1895 the station was named West Drayton and Yiewsley; it reverted to the original name West Drayton on 6 May 1974.[4]


West Drayton station is situated on Station Approach in Yiewsley. It is north of the centre of West Drayton and immediately to the south of the Grand Union Canal, in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

The station has five platforms. platform 1 down main line (away from London), platform 2 is the up main line (towards London), platform 3 is the down relief line, platform 4 is the up relief line. A fifth platform on the up goods line is not used for passenger services, normally goods services wait to continue on the up relief line.

The platforms on the main lines see little use, other than when the relief lines are closed for maintenance. Access between the platforms is via steps and a pedestrian underpass. Stockley Park is a large business estate located between Hayes and West Drayton, and is shown on the platform signage.

Ticket facilities

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As of October 2008, Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys originating or ending at West Drayton.[8]


West Drayton station is served by stopping services run by Great Western Railway and TfL Rail between Paddington and Reading as well as two trains per hour to Didcot Parkway. These services run six days a week with 4 trains hourly — two from Reading and two from Didcot Parkway. On Sundays a half-hourly service operates with one Reading and one Didcot Parkway service in each direction. Typical journey times are just over 20 minutes to Paddington, and just under 40 minutes to Reading.[9]

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Slough   Great Western Railway
Commuter services
Great Western Main Line
  Hayes & Harlington
Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail
Iver   TfL Rail
Paddington – Reading
  Hayes & Harlington
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
towards Reading
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood
  Historical services  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Windsor
District line
towards Mansion House
  Disused Railways  
Colnbrook Estate Halt
Line and station closed
  Staines & West Drayton Railway
Staines West branch
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Uxbridge branch
  Hayes & Harlington
Line and station open


London Buses routes 222, 350, 698, U1, U3 and U5 serve the station.


  1. ^ Station facilities for West Drayton
  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. ^ MacDermot, E T (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. 1 (1833–1863) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway.
  4. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 245. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  5. ^ a b Aerofilms (2006). London's Railways from the Air. Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-3144-4.
  6. ^ Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0.
  7. ^ Day, John R.; Reed, John (2008) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (10th ed.). Harrow: Capital Transport. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-85414-316-7.
  8. ^ "Oyster PAYG on National Rail" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. 20 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Train Times". First Great Western. Retrieved 12 April 2007.

To learn more about West Drayton check the community website at http://www.ub7.org.