Bourne End railway station
|A First Great Western Class 165 DMU arrives from Maidenhead. The driver will now change ends to continue to Marlow.|
|Local authority||Wycombe district|
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1 August 1854|
|Original company||Wycombe Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|1873||Marlow branch opened|
|May 1970||line to High Wycombe closed|
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|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bourne End from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The station was originally named Marlow Road station. In 1874 Marlow Road station was renamed Bourne End to obviate confusion with the newly opened Marlow station.
The station was opened in 1854 as part of the Wycombe Railway Company line between Maidenhead Boyne Hill station and High Wycombe. To reach Bourne End, a wooden viaduct was built across Cockmarsh and a wooden bridge was built across the River Thames.
In 1873 a line linking Bourne End with Marlow was opened to the public, with 1700 tickets being sold in the first week. Originally the branch line was served by a third platform on the west side of the station.
British Rail closed the line between Bourne End and High Wycombe in May 1970. Trains are still run between Maidenhead and Marlow, but in recent years concerns have been expressed that the railway may have to be run voluntarily due to a lack of funding. There was local opposition to the creation of a community rail partnership because of fears that this would isolate the line from the main railway network.
Bourne End is a terminus but effectively acts as a through station, with the driver having to change ends to continue to the next station. During peak hours service frequency is increased by having two trains work the line, each using Bourne End as the terminus: one runs Marlow – Bourne End and one Maidenhead – Bourne End, with passengers changing trains at Bourne End. About 2–3 trains per day operate between Bourne End and Paddington in the morning peak and coming back in the evening peak.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Cookham or Terminus||First Great Western
Marlow Branch Line
|Marlow or Terminus|
|Wooburn Green||Wycombe Railway