Beaconsfield railway station

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Beaconsfield National Rail
Beaconsfield
Location
Place Beaconsfield
Local authority South Buckinghamshire
Grid reference SU940911
Operations
Station code BCF
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 Decrease 0.996 million
2004/05 Increase 1.086 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.982 million
2006/07 Increase 1.128 million
2007/08 Increase 1.272 million
2008/09 Increase 1.284 million
2009/10 Increase 1.307 million
2010/11 Increase 1.320 million
2011/12 Increase 1.374 million
2012/13 Increase 1.440 million
History
Key dates Opened 1906 (1906)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Beaconsfield from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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View eastwards towards London
Beaconsfield station, Down platform
The station in 1961

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

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1906 as part of the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway. The original station layout was four tracks, with two through lines and two platform lines. British Rail removed the through lines early in 1974.[1] As part of Chiltern Railways' Project Evergreen 2 the platform lines were upgraded to increase the line speed for through trains from 40 mph (64 km/h) to 75 mph (121 km/h).[2]

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[1]

In October 2007 work began on installing ticket barriers, which became operational on 10 March 2008.[citation needed]

In the early 2000s the station car park was made into a two-storey car park. In March 2008 the upper deck was closed for work to start on adding a third storey. This opened on 1 September 2008, increasing the total parking spaces to 696.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

The Monday to Friday off-peak service from Beaconsfield is:[3]

Many additional services run during the peak hours. In the morning and evening there are direct trains to Aylesbury, Banbury and there are three trains per day to Stratford-upon-Avon. At weekends only there are direct trains to Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill; otherwise passengers can change at High Wycombe.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
High Wycombe   Chiltern Railways
London - Birmingham
  Seer Green and Jordans
High Wycombe   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line
semi-fast services
  Gerrards Cross
High Wycombe   Chiltern Railways
London Paddington - High Wycombe
Monday-Friday Only
  Seer Green and Jordans

Cultural use[edit]

Beaconsfield railway station is in a number of episodes of the Midsomer Murders television crime drama series, in which it portrays "Causton railway station" in the county town of Midsomer, the fictional county in which the series is set. For these appearances, temporary "Causton" station nameboards are erected but other fixtures and fittings are unaltered, and in some cases, local Beaconsfield advertisements may be seen in the background.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Ruislip and Beaconsfield reduced". Railway Magazine (London: IPC Transport Press Ltd) 120 (877): 248. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  2. ^ "Evergreen 2 wins Project of the Year Award at National Rail Awards". News. John Laing plc. 11 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Timetable 115". National Rail. 
  • Butler, P; Crane, H; Scott-Taggart, E; Thompson, K (2006). The Coming of the Railway to Beaconsfield 9. Beaconsfield and District Historical Society. p. 40. 
  • Jenkins, K (1978). The Great Western & Great Central Joint Railway OL46. The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-238-2. 

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Coordinates: 51°36′40″N 0°38′38″W / 51.611°N 0.644°W / 51.611; -0.644