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The Hounslow Loop Line is a railway line in southwest Londonmarker, with services operated by South West Trains. It enables suburban trains to run on a circular route via Hounslowmarker to and from Waterloomarker. The line is electrified at 750 V DC (third rail).

The Loop diverges from the direct line through Richmondmarker at Barnes Junction. Just after Hounslowmarker there is a triangular junction formed of Hounslow Junction, Whitton Junction and Feltham Junction. This junction allows the trains to return to London via Richmond. The other side of the triangle allows trains to continue to Felthammarker and Weybridgemarker.

Train services

Since 2004, South West Trains have operated four trains per hour (tph) in each direction on the line, both peak and off-peak. Typically, two of those operate via Richmond on a loop to and from London Waterloomarker and two operate to and from Weybridgemarker, via Addlestonemarker, Stainesmarker and Felthammarker.

On Sundays the line has 1tph, with all trains running to and from Wokingmarker via Felthammarker.

Future

Hounslow Councilmarker is in the process of promoting Crossrail services between Hounslowmarker and London Paddingtonmarker. They propose that Crossrail trains terminating at London Paddington from the east should continue towards Old Oak Commonmarker, where they would join the North London Line via a new connecting line. They would then call at Acton Centralmarker and South Actonmarker before running via an existing freight spur (Bollo Lane Junction to Old Kew Junction) to leave the North London Line and join the Hounslow Loop Line. Reversing sidings would be provided west of Hounslow to reduce dwell times at the platform, with the running lines on either side of them. Infrastructure adjustments and station modifications would be needed to allow for 12-car Crossrail operation, all which will probably be addressed in the Crossrail Bill. Hounslow - Brentfordmarker would benefit from 6tph in both directions, which would match the frequency of London Underground services in outer London. The proposals would also ease pressure on platform capacity at Waterloo station and on the Windsor Lines between Waterloo and Clapham Junctionmarker.

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