Facts about Surbiton
The present-day town came into existence after a plan to build a London-Southampton railway line through nearby Kingston. It was rejected by Kingston Council, who feared that it would be detrimental to the coaching trade. This resulted in the line being routed further south, through a cutting in the hill south of Surbiton.
Surbiton railway station opened in 1838 and was originally named Kingston-upon-Railway. It was only renamed Surbiton to distinguish it from the new Kingston railway station on the Shepperton branch line. Which opened on 1 January 1869. As a result, Kingston is now on a branch line. Whereas passengers from Surbiton can reach London Waterloo in as little as 16 minutes on fast direct service.
Surbiton is a suburban neighborhood of south-western Greater London. Within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (RBK). It is situated next to the River Thames, 11 miles southwest of Charing Cross. Formerly part of the ancient parish of Kingston upon Thames in the county of Surrey, it has been part of Greater London since 1965.
Founded originally as Kingston-upon-Railway during the Industrial Revolution. Surbiton possesses a mixture of grand 19th-century townhouses, Art-Deco courts, and more recent residential blocks. blending in with semi-detached 20th-century housing estates. With a population of 45,132 in 2016, it accounts for approximately 25% of the total population of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.