SWR ap­plies to build new Lon­don main­te­nance de­pot

Rail (UK) - - News - Philip Haigh philip.haigh@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @phi­la­trail

HOUNSLOW Bor­ough Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by South Western Rail­way to build a new de­pot on the site of Feltham’s for­mer mar­shalling yard in south west Lon­don.

SWR ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion for its ten-road de­pot in Oc­to­ber. The de­pot is de­signed for ten-car trains, mak­ing it suit­able for the 90 new Class 701 elec­tric trains SWR has on or­der from Bom­bardier.

Feltham will in­clude a car­riage wash­ing plant, con­trolled emis­sion toi­let dis­charge fa­cil­i­ties, and equip­ment to in­spect the un­der­side of every train en­ter­ing or leav­ing the de­pot.

Track­work will in­clude a head­shunt for trains ar­riv­ing from Lon­don, and there will be two crossovers in Net­work Rail’s ad­ja­cent line to per­mit ac­cess to and from the de­pot. This line links Clapham Junc­tion with Read­ing and Wind­sor. Staff ac­com­mo­da­tion is ex­pected to pro­vide for 50 peo­ple.

The de­pot should be op­er­a­tional from De­cem­ber 2020 with con­struc­tion ex­pected to start next Feb­ru­ary, as­sum­ing SWR’s ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful. SWR needs the de­pot be­cause it does not have enough space for its new fleet while it keeps us­ing its cur­rent trains.

The Lon­don and South Western Rail­way (LSWR) first opened Feltham mar­shalling yard in 1918 to re­lieve pres­sure on its other de­pots and pro­vide more eco­nomic links to other rail com­pa­nies’ net­works, such as the Lon­don and North Western Rail­way at Willes­den and the nearby Great Western Rail­way. Feltham yard was one of the first to fea­ture hump shunt­ing as a method of more eas­ily sort­ing in­di­vid­ual wag­ons into train­loads for on­ward move­ment.

Feltham com­prised ten Down re­cep­tion sid­ings, 20 Down mar­shalling sid­ings, eight Up re­cep­tion sid­ings and 18 Up mar­shalling sid­ings, and in­cluded a lo­co­mo­tive de­pot on site. Lat­terly coded 70B, it closed in 1967. The mar­shalling yard fell into dis­use shortly af­ter­wards in 1969.

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