Crowthorne railway station
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|Local authority||Bracknell Forest|
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|29 January 1859||Opened|
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Crowthorne railway station is a railway station in the town of Crowthorne in Berkshire, England. The station is managed by First Great Western, who operate services on the North Downs Line from Reading to Guildford, Redhill and Gatwick Airport.
The station has two platforms: platform 1 for services towards Gatwick Airport and platform 2 for services towards Reading. It has bicycle racks on both platforms, and a car park (approx. 42 spaces) adjacent to platform 2.
Crowthorne station was opened in 1859 as a result of pressure from the governors of Wellington College on the directors of the South Eastern Railway. The College also contributed £500 towards the cost of building the station, which was originally named "Wellington College for Crowthorne". This name remained until 17 June 1928, when it was renamed "Crowthorne". The old name board remained until World War II, though, when it was removed to prevent invading parachutists knowing where they were. Crowthorne station is located some 2 km from its High Street where most of its shops are located.
The station building fell into disuse after destaffing came in 1967; whilst the goods facilities had ceased in 1964. In 1986-87, the station atmosphere was rejuvenated when the bus stop-style shelter on platform 2 was replaced by a new waiting shelter with the BR logo incorporated in blue (later red) bricks. This was done as part of a job-creation scheme. The original station building at the time served as premises for an electrical contractor, and later a salon. The shelter was altered slightly in later years to include a small ticket office, which is manned in the morning peak hours.
Later on in the Network SouthEast years, the station was under the North Downs sub-sector of Network SouthEast until privatisation. Management was then passed to Thames Trains, then First Great Western in 2004 (First Great Western Link from 2004 until 2006).
Also at the station is a warning siren, part of the Broadmoor Hospital Security System.
Crowthorne is served by trains approximately every 60 minutes in each direction Monday to Saturday, and every two hours on Sundays. There are additional trains during peak periods on weekdays. Most trains operate between Reading and Redhill, with some services continuing to Gatwick Airport during peak hours.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Wokingham||First Great Western
North Downs Line
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