Aylesbury Vale Parkway railway station

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Aylesbury Vale Parkway National Rail
Aylesbury Vale Parkway
Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, showing the taxi rank (left), cycle shelter (centre) and booking hall (right)
Location
Place Aylesbury
Local authority Aylesbury Vale
Coordinates 51°49′55″N 0°51′40″W / 51.8319°N 0.8612°W / 51.8319; -0.8612Coordinates: 51°49′55″N 0°51′40″W / 51.8319°N 0.8612°W / 51.8319; -0.8612
Grid reference SP786153
Operations
Station code AVP
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2008/09      13,058
2009/10 Increase 49,212
2010/11 Increase 55,864
2011/12 Increase 73,130
2012/13 Increase 81,696
History
Key dates Opened 14 December 2008 (14 December 2008)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Aylesbury Vale Parkway from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Aylesbury Vale Parkway railway station is a railway station serving villages northwest of Aylesbury, England. It will also serve the Berryfields and Weedon Hill housing developments north of the town when these are built. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Chiltern Railways.

Background[edit]

Aylesbury Vale Parkway is on the former Metropolitan and Great Central Joint Railway, which formed part of the Great Central Main Line route linking London and Aylesbury with the East Midlands and North.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced in April 2006 that it would provide £8.17 million for track and signalling improvements to the existing line, which then was only used to carry freight. A further £2.8 million was invested by Chiltern Railways' owners Laing Rail and £1 million by Buckinghamshire County Council.

Construction began in October 2007[1] and the rail works were completed by Carillion Rail.[2] The station was originally not due to be completed until 2010[3] but it was opened ahead of schedule.

The station was opened on 14 December 2008 but the station building did not open until 1 June 2009.[4] In the interim while the station buildings were being completed, tickets and facilities were provided from Portakabins.[5]

Services and facilities[edit]

Aylesbury Vale Parkway has links to existing public transport bus services along the A41 corridor. A bus service from the station to several villages north of Aylesbury began on 15 December 2008. This service, route 16 run by Arriva, serves the station at times to meet London-bound commuter trains, and is free for passengers with a monthly or longer Chiltern Railways season ticket.[citation needed] Other bus journeys include the Green Route 4 of the Rainbow Routes served by Redline Buses and very infrequent services to and from Bicester on the route 18 run by Langston & Tasker.

The station has a taxi rank, car park, a charging point for electric vehicles and parking bays for motorcycles and pedal cycles.

The off-peak train service is one departure per hour to Marylebone via Amersham. In peak periods there are up to three trains per hour to Marylebone.[6] The journey time to Aylesbury is about four minutes.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Chiltern Railways
London – Aylesbury
  Aylesbury
Future services
Winslow   Chiltern Railways
Varsity Line
  Aylesbury

Plans[edit]

Bus stop and shelter for Arriva route 16
Motorcycle parking bay (left) and electric vehicle charging bay (right)
Cycle shelter

East West Rail plans to extend passenger services northwards to Bletchley and Milton Keynes by 2019 using parts of the former Varsity Line.[7][8][9] The platform has been built to accommodate a second track if ever implemented, which would create an island platform.[citation needed] At present trains (currently run only as specials on Bank Holidays) between Aylesbury and Quainton Road cannot serve Aylesbury Vale as there is no platform on the through route.

The track between Aylesbury and the new station was upgraded to continuous welded rail with a maximum line speed for DMU passenger trains of 60 mph (97 km/h). It is proposed that when services are extended to the north, trains will run via High Wycombe and not Amersham.[7] Trains currently serving the station will thereafter terminate at Aylesbury.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The next stop will be Aylesbury Vale Parkway". Buckinghamshire County Council. Retrieved 4 June 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Access to Aylesbury Vale Parkway". Buckinghamshire County Council. 19 October 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "New Aylesbury Vale Parkway station to open in 2010". Chiltern Railways. 11 April 2006. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Aylesbury Vale Parkway fully open on Monday, 1 June". Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Aylesbury Engineering Works: 18 – 20 November". Chiltern Railways. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Aylesbury Vale Parkway" (Microsoft Word). Chiltern Railways. Retrieved 15 April 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Prospectus". East West Rail Consortium. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ RAIL (685). 14–28 December 2011. pp. 10–11. 
  9. ^ Bucks Herald (31 March 2014). "Disappointment as East West Rail Delayed by two Years". Bucks Herald. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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