North Downs Line
|North Downs Line|
|Principal stations (from north to south)
The North Downs Line is the name of the passenger train service connecting Reading, on the Great Western Main Line, to Redhill, on the Brighton Main Line, linking many centres of population in that part of the North Downs that it traverses en route. Most lines in the area run radially to or from London, and this route is one of the few orbital lines, enabling it to be used for journeys from west to south of London without having to travel via the capital.
The service uses all or part of the following Network Rail routes:
- SW 210 from Reading
- SW 265 from Wokingham
- SW 110 from Guildford
- SW 300 from Shalford Junction
- SO 560 from Gomshall to Redhill
The main services on the line are provided by First Great Western. Additional services are provided by:
- South West Trains –
- Virgin Trains – trains call only at Reading, Guildford and Redhill
- Southern – between Reigate, Redhill and onwards to London during peak hours.
The route is partially electrified (3rd rail, 750 V DC). Wokingham to Aldershot South junction and Shalford Junction to Reigate are not electrified ( and p42 Of the National Rail Route Plan  (9.4mb PDF)).
Typical off-peak journey times from Reading
Based on the December 2006 - May 2007 timetable.
Stations in italics are served in peak hours only.
|Destination||Semi-fast services (minutes)||Stopping services (minutes)||Frequency (trains per hour)||Change for|
|Wokingham||9||9||2||London Waterloo via Bracknell and Staines|
|Ash||34||1||Aldershot, Farnham, Alton and Ascot|
|Guildford||34||45||2||London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour|
|Redhill||64||81||2||London Victoria, London Bridge and Tonbridge|
|Gatwick Airport||76||1||Eastbourne, Brighton and Littlehampton|
Between Guildford and Redhill the off-peak stopping service pattern alternates every hour, giving Shalford an hourly service and Chilworth, Gomshall, Dorking West and Betchworth one train every two hours.
|Hour 1||Guildford||Shalford||Chilworth||Gomshall||Dorking (Deepdene)||Reigate||Redhill|
|Hour 2||Guildford||Shalford||Dorking West||Dorking (Deepdene)||Betchworth||Reigate||Redhill|
During peak hours the stopping service between Guildford and Redhill calls at all stations.