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High Wycombe railway station

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High Wycombe railway station is a railway station in the town of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England The station is on the Chiltern Main Line between Beaconsfield and Saunderton stations It is served by Chiltern Railways

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Services
    • 21 Future
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Historyedit

The remains of the 1854 station

The original terminus station was built in 1854 after an original design by IK Brunel

The station had one platform and a train shed that covered two broad gauge tracks, on one side of the train shed was a single road engine shed and to the platform side a booking office and waiting rooms on the Birdcage Walk side The walls of the train shed, an engine shed and offices were constructed from brick and knapped flint with slate roofs This building remained as a station in use until 1864 when it became a goods shed Between the 1880s and 1940 various additions were made to the fabric of the old station The building received grade two listing in 1999 due to being one of only six remaining GWR train sheds Since listing most of the later additions were removed restoring the building to its original footprint, the only addition is the flat roof second floor extension added in 1940

The dimensions and general design of the train shed, engine shed and office accommodation was repeated at Thame with only the building materials different, Wycombe being built with brick and knapped flint wall while Thame was timber

A second through station was opened on the current location in 1864 with a second platform and later a footbridge For two years prior to this date, after the extension to Thame had been made, all through trains had to reverse in and out of the old station which was not located on the new through lines The design of the office accommodation on the second station was a copy of the office accommodation on the first, with a canopy covering the platform rather than the train shed The building was extended as least once at its west end

With the building of the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway in 1906 the station was again rebuilt to the design that is in use today with four lines between two staggered platforms and a subway

The station was originally the terminus of the Wycombe Railway line from Maidenhead, which was later extended to Aylesbury and Oxford, and then in 1867 was taken over by the Great Western Railwaycitation needed

In 1906 the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway line was opened through High Wycombe, linking London with the two companies' lines to the north Much of the current Chiltern Main Line is formed from this joint linecitation needed

British Rail closed the original branch line to Maidenhead on 2 May 1970 and subsequently the track was lifted1

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 19742

In November 2005 a fire in the ticket office gutted the roof of the building3 The restored station building reopened in September 20074

Ticket barriers are in operation at this stationcitation needed

In November 2005 a fire in the ticket office gutted the roof of the building5 The restored station building reopened in September 20076

In April 2015 the Northbound platform was lengthened7 The subway was closed and has now been replaced with a footbridge with a lift at each end8

Servicesedit

A Class 168 going to London calls at High Wycombe as a northbound service approaches

All trains are operated by Chiltern Railways The current off-peak services are:9

  • 5 trains per hour to London Marylebone, of which:
    • 2 are non-stop to London Marylebone
    • 1 semi-fast calling at Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross
    • 2 local calling at Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross as well as other intermediate stations, one of which originates at High Wycombe
  • 1 train per hour to Birmingham Moor Street
  • 1 train per hour to Aylesbury
  • 1 train per hour to Banbury
  • 1 train per hour to Oxford calling at Bicester Village

High Wycombe has a bay platform, Platform 1, from which additional peak-hour local services run to and from London Marylebone

Futureedit

High Wycombe is to gain further rails links north of Aylesbury to Winslow and Milton Keynes by 2019 as part of the East West Rail Link10

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Saunderton   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line
  Beaconsfield
Bicester Village   Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone — Oxford
  London Marylebone
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Wycombe Railway
Until 1970
  Loudwater

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "The Post-Beeching Era" Local History Marlow — Maidenhead Passengers' Association 
  2. ^ Slater, JN, ed May 1974 "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services" Railway Magazine London: IPC Transport Press Ltd 120 877: 248 ISSN 0033-8923 
  3. ^ "Station blaze disrupts journeys" BBC 27 November 2005 
  4. ^ "High Wycombe station restored after fire" Chiltern Railways dead link
  5. ^ "Station blaze disrupts journeys" BBC 27 November 2005 
  6. ^ "High Wycombe station restored after fire" Chiltern Railways dead link
  7. ^ https://wwwchilternrailwayscouk/high-wycombe-upgrade
  8. ^ https://twittercom/chilternrailway/status/774141996998897665lang=en
  9. ^ http://wwwchilternrailwayscouk/download-our-timetable
  10. ^ http://wwweastwestrailorguk/train-services/

External linksedit

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Chiltern Railways Evergreen 3 - Proposed services to Oxford
  • Drawings of how the station looked when built

Coordinates: 51°37′48″N 0°44′42″W / 51630°N 0745°W / 51630; -0745

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