- Salfords railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Salfords
code = SAF
caption = Looking south
manager = Southern
Reigate and Banstead
lowusage0405 = 87,795
lowusage0506 = 96,766
lowusage0607 = 104,086
platforms = 2
8 October 1915
Salfords railway station serves the village of
Salfords(including the industrial complexes in Honeycrock Lane and the Bonehurst Road), Surrey, England. It is on the Brighton Main Line37 km (23½ miles) south of London Bridge station, and train services are provided by Southern and Southeastern.
The station has four lines running through it, two express lines that have no platforms and the two that provide the service to and from
London45 minutes, Croydon25 mins, Redhill 7 mins, Gatwick Airport7 mins, Crawley10 mins, and Horsham20 mins. The ticket office is open weekdays from 6:30 am to 10:30 am. There is an on-demand service announcement facility .
Salfords station was originally built for the
Monotype Corporation, which had constructed a factory next to the railway line in 1899. Beside the footbridge on the east side, an advertisement for Monotype is still in situ, although it is hidden by trees. Day Aggregatesmade use of the open land beside the station to store and transport their loose stones for construction in the area for some time. The sidings used still exist, including a bay platform at the station and most of the machinery used to expel and fill the wagons that transported the stone at the site. Network Railhave a site at the back of platform 1, using it as a base for the continuing improvements to the Brighton main line, in between Selhurst traincare depot and the Three Bridges engineering depot.
On January 14th 2008, the station received a minor upgrade. This involved the replacing of the wooden huts with modern glass waiting areas and the installation of dynamic digital displays with information about the next train.
The station suffers from an infrequent early rush hour service during the evenings. Resulting in 2 trains an hour at times that do not match working pattens ie 5:26pm and 5:50pm. A proposal has been put forward to increase the trains at rush hour due to the
Gatwick Expressmerging with Southern, [http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/closed/brightonmainlinerusconsultation/briefingdocument?page=3#a1005]
Thameslink Programme(formerly Thameslink 2000) project proposes to turn some of the Southern services over to the expanded Thameslinknetwork under First Capital Connect. This will see services that currently terminate at London Bridgecontinuing through Central London and north wards via the Midland Main Lineor East Coast Main Lineto destinations such as Lutonor Cambridge. This however is not imminent, a Department for Transportwhitepaper states only that "the Thameslink Programme will be completed by the end of 2015" and that "interim outputs will be delivered by the end of 2011" [cite web|title=Delivering a Sustainable Railway - White Paper CM 7176|publisher= Department for Transport|date=2007|url=http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/whitepapers/whitepapercm7176/|accessdate=2007-07-24] , leaving Southern as the main operator for several more years to come. The Thameslink Programme is centred around 12 car long trains, thus Salfords station will have its platforms lengthened as they can only currently accommodate 8 car long trains.
The typical service from the station during the day is one train per hour to London Bridge which stops at local stations to
East Croydonthen Norwood Junctionthen fast to London Bridge, and one train per hour to Horsham. There are services to London Victoria at peak times stopping at local stations to East Croydonthen Clapham Junctionbefore arriving at Victoria. There are also services to and from Littlehamptonand Eastbournein the morning and evening rush hours.
A Sunday service is only available once an hour for six months over the Summer period.
Salford Crescent railway station
Salford Central railway station
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