Aldermaston railway station

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Aldermaston National Rail
Aldermaston
The station from the footbridge, with a Network Turbo train of First Great Western passing through.
Location
Place Aldermaston Wharf
Local authority West Berkshire
Grid reference SU601673
Operations
Station code AMT
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 39,027
2005/06 Increase 46,297
2006/07 Increase 56,846
2007/08 Increase 61,587
2008/09 Increase 64,800
2009/10 Decrease 62,014
2010/11 Decrease 61,292
2011/12 Increase 63,806
2012/13 Increase 68,218
History
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping GWR
Post-grouping GWR
21 December 1847 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Aldermaston from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The station looking to the west, showing the footbridge and headshunt siding

Aldermaston railway station is a railway station built to serve the village of Aldermaston in Berkshire, England. The station is at nearby Aldermaston Wharf and about 2 miles (3 km) north from Aldermaston village. It was opened on 21 December 1847.[1]

Description[edit]

Aldermaston station is between the A4 road and the settlement of Aldermaston Wharf. It has a flanking platform on each side of the double track line. Each platform has its own independent road access and car park, together with a small shelter. The two platforms are also linked by a footbridge. The Newbury-bound platform is flanked on its offside by a siding, formerly used as a headshunt for access to a nearby freight facility. This siding is now defunct as the new A340 road bridge over the railway line has been built on the track in 2012.

History[edit]

The station was built by the Berks and Hants Railway, part of the Great Western Railway and stayed with that company after the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Network SouthEast although trains of the Intercity Sector passed on the Reading to Taunton Line which uses the Berks and Hants to Westbury for some long distance services. This continued until the Privatisation of British Railways.

A 10.5-mile (16.9 km) branch line connecting Aldermaston to the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway (DNS) at Burghclere was proposed.[2][3] The line was authorised but never built.[4] This is because the railway finances were loaned by the London and South Western Railway, who stipulated that the DNS must relinquish the sole rights to running Southampton-bound services and abandon plans for the GWR link at Aldermaston.[5][6] The proposed route roughly followed the Enborne valley, passing south of Brimpton, before following the Gaily Brook and West Clere Scarp near Kingsclere on to Old Burghclere.[6]

Services[edit]

The station is served by local services operated by First Great Western between Reading and Newbury or Bedwyn. Trains run hourly in both directions on Mondays to Saturdays, and on Sundays service is approx every 2 hours. Typical journey times are approximately 15 minutes to Reading and 16 minutes to Newbury. Passengers for London Paddington must normally change trains at Reading.[7]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Theale   First Great Western
Reading - Newbury
  Midgham

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basingstoke's Railway History in Maps
  2. ^ Carter, Ernest Frank (1959). An Historical Geography of the Railways of the British Isles. Cassell. p. 414. 
  3. ^ Popplewell, Lawrence (1973). Bournemouth railway history: an exposure of Victorian engineering fraud. Dorset Publishing Co. p. 210. 
  4. ^ Karau, Paul; Parsons, Mike; Robertson, Kevin (1984). An illustrated history of the Didcot, Newbury, and Southampton railway. Upper Bucklebury, Berks.: Wild Swan. pp. viii. ISBN 0906867045. 
  5. ^ Pannell, John Percival Masterman (1969). Old Southampton Shores. David & Charles. p. 139. 
  6. ^ a b "RAILWAY MANIA". Kingsclere: Its History and Its People. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Train Times - London to Westbury". First Great Western. 

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Coordinates: 51°24′8″N 1°8′12″W / 51.40222°N 1.13667°W / 51.40222; -1.13667