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Maidenhead railway station

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Maidenhead railway station serves the town of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England It is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway from London Paddington to Reading, and is also the junction for the Marlow Branch Line It has five platforms which are accessed through ticket barriers at both entrances to the station The ticket barriers stop the station being used as a walk through route The Marlow line platform had an overall roof until 2014 when it was removed in the course of electrification works

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Current Station
    • 21 Station Layout
    • 22 Services
    • 23 Crossrail
    • 24 Statue
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Historyedit

Maidenhead station in 1953

The station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway, which opened as far as Reading in 1840 The original Maidenhead Station lay east of the Thames, not far from the present Taplow station This was the line's first terminus, pending the completion of the Sounding Arch Maidenhead Railway Bridge bridge over the river In 1854, the Wycombe Railway Company built a line from Maidenhead to High Wycombe, with a station on Castle Hill, at first called "Maidenhead Wycombe Branch", later renamed "Maidenhead Boyne Hill" However, there was no station on the present site until 1871, when local contractor William Woodbridge built it Originally, it was called "Maidenhead Junction", but eventually it came to replace the Boyn Hill station as well as the original station on the Maidenhead Riverside1

In 2008 the station underwent major renovation works2 and in 2010 a statue of Nicholas Winton was installed on one of the platforms

A 1945 Ordnance Survey of Maidenhead showing the location of the station Maidenhead railway station entrance

Current Stationedit

Station Layoutedit

The main entrance to the station is on the A308 with a back entrance on Shoppenhangers road The station has 5 through platforms and no terminating platforms:3

  • Platform 1 - For east bound trains on the main line This platform is rarely used as few trains on the main line stop at Maidenhead It is outside of the ticket barriers at Shoppenhangers road and the gate to the platform is only opened when a train is due to arrive
  • Platform 2 - For west bound trains on the main line This platform is rarely used as few trains stop on the main line at Maidenhead
  • Platform 3 - For east bound trains on the relief line The concourse is shared with platform 2
  • Platform 4 - For west bound trains on the relief line
  • platform 5 - For trains servicing the Marlow branch line Trains either begin/terminate here or continue to or from London on the relief line This shares a concourse with platform 4

Servicesedit

As well as regular services to London Paddington 4tph basic, plus weekday peak extras, trains run to Reading 4tph weekdays, half-hourly Saturdays & Sundays & Oxford half-hourly weekdays & Saturdays, hourly on Sundays and to Bourne End & Marlow hourly, including Sundays4

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Twyford or Reading   Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
  Taplow or Slough
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Marlow Branch Line
  Furze Platt
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail   Following station
Twyford towards Reading Crossrail
Elizabeth line
Taplow towards Abbey Wood or Shenfield

Crossrailedit

Maidenhead was initially the planned western terminus of Crossrail Line 1 before an announcement was made in 2014 to move the terminus to Reading5 The station is currently undergoing significant modification, including the replacement of the existing passenger waiting facilities, a new ticket hall, lifts, platform extensions to accommodate the longer trains, the introduction of overhead line equipment and the construction of new stabling and turnback facilities to the west of the station67

Statueedit

In 2010 a statue was erected to honour the man dubbed the "British Schindler" for his work saving Jewish children from Nazi invasion Sir Nicholas Winton was 29 when he smuggled 669 boys and girls, destined for concentration camps, out of Czechoslovakia in 1939 The statue, on platform three, depicts Winton sitting on a bench reading his famous scrapbook, which contained lists of all the children he helped to save8

Notesedit

  1. ^ Over 2001, para 8
  2. ^ Justin Burns 25 September 2008 "Train station refurbishment unveiled" Maidenhead Advertiser Retrieved 3 February 2014 
  3. ^ "Maidenhead" wwwchiarkgreenendorguk Retrieved 2017-02-24 
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Tables 117 & 120
  5. ^ "DfT and TfL Extend Crossrail Route to Reading" Crossrail 
  6. ^ Paul Miles 6 December 2012 "Crossrail work begins at Maidenhead train station" Maidenhead Advertiser Retrieved 3 February 2014 
  7. ^ "Maidenhead station" Crossrail Retrieved 2017-02-24 
  8. ^ "Statue for 'British Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton" 18 September 2010 – via wwwbbccouk 

Referencesedit

  • Butt, RVJ 1995 The Directory of Railway Stations Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd ISBN 1-85260-508-1 R508 
  • Over, Luke September 2001 Delaney, Peter, ed "The Railway Comes to Maidenhead" Wargrave Local History Society Retrieved 26 November 2005 

External linksedit

  • Train times and station information for Maidenhead railway station from National Rail

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