West Drayton railway station

West Drayton National Rail
West Drayton
Location of West Drayton in Greater London
Location West Drayton
Local authority London Borough of Hillingdon
Managed by Great Western Railway
Station code WDT
DfT category E
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2009–10 Decrease 1.255 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.688 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.781 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.888 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 2.060 million[1]
Key dates
4 June 1838 Original station opened, as West Drayton
9 August 1884 Station re-sited
1895 Renamed West Drayton and Yiewsley
6 May 1974 Renamed West Drayton
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WGS84 51°30′36″N 0°28′20″W / 51.5099417°N 0.4722639°W / 51.5099417; -0.4722639Coordinates: 51°30′36″N 0°28′20″W / 51.5099417°N 0.4722639°W / 51.5099417; -0.4722639
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West Drayton railway station is a railway station serving West Drayton and Yiewsley, western suburbs of London, England. The station is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway from Paddington to Reading stations.


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.[2][3] 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.[3][4] 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.[5][6]

Uxbridge (Vine Street) Branch Line

Uxbridge Vine Street 1856–1962
Cowley 1904–1962

Grand Junction Canal

West Drayton
Great Western Main Line
Left arrow ReadingPaddington Right arrow
Staines & West Drayton Railway

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.[4]

From 1895 the station was named West Drayton and Yiewsley; it reverted to the original name West Drayton on 6 May 1974.[3]


West Drayton station is situated to the 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 platform faces. From south to north there is a platform on the down (away from London) fast line, an island platform with faces on the up fast line and the down relief (slow) line, and an island platform with faces on the up relief line and on a loop line to the north of the up relief originally used by trains on the two branch lines. The platforms on the fast lines see little use, other than when the slow 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

As of October 2008, Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys originating or ending at West Drayton.[7]


West Drayton station is served by stopping services run by Great Western Railway between Paddington and Reading as well as two trains per hour to Oxford. These services run seven days a week with 4 trains hourly — two from Reading and two from Oxford. Typical journey times are just over 20 minutes to Paddington, and just under 40 minutes to Reading.[8]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Iver   Great Western Railway
Commuter services
Great Western Main Line
  Hayes & Harlington
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail   Following station
towards Reading
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood or Shenfield
  Historical services  
Preceding station   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. 1 2 3 4 5 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. MacDermot, E T (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. 1 (1833-1863) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway.
  3. 1 2 3 Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 245. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. 1 2 Aerofilms (2006). London's Railways from the Air. Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-3144-4.
  5. Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0.
  6. 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.
  7. "Oyster PAYG on National Rail" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. 20 October 2008.
  8. "Train Times". First Great Western. Retrieved 12 April 2007.
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