Evesham railway station

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Evesham National Rail
Evesham
HST Class 43 at Evesham railway station
Location
Place Evesham
Local authority Wychavon
Coordinates 52°05′52″N 1°56′51″W / 52.0979°N 1.9474°W / 52.0979; -1.9474Coordinates: 52°05′52″N 1°56′51″W / 52.0979°N 1.9474°W / 52.0979; -1.9474
Grid reference SP037444
Operations
Station code EVE
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05      0.269 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.239 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.237 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.214 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.208 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.203 million
2010/11 Increase 0.222 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.220 million
2012/13 Increase 0.258 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.246 million
History
Original company Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
1 May 1852 (1852-05-01) opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Evesham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Evesham railway station is in the town of Evesham in Worcestershire, England. It is between Honeybourne and Pershore stations on the Cotswold Line between Oxford and Hereford via Worcester and Great Malvern. It is operated by First Great Western. Trains to London Paddington take about 1 hour 45 minutes. It is one of the few railway stations in the United Kingdom to have shown a steady (if relatively small) decline in use since 2004 (see usage figures, below right).

History[edit]

A 1904 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (centre) railways in the Evesham area. The present station is that on the yellow line, marked G.W.

The first major section of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway (OWW), between Evesham and Stourbridge Junction, opened to public traffic on 3 May 1852, the opening ceremony having been held on 1 May.[1][2] Evesham was a terminus for just over a year, until the last major section of the OWW, from Evesham to Wolvercot Junction (to the north of Oxford), was opened on 4 June 1853.[3] The OWW became the West Midland Railway in 1860,[4] which in turn merged with the Great Western Railway in 1863.[5]

Facing the present (former OWW) station across the car park is the former Midland Railway station on the Ashchurch to Barnt Green Gloucester Loop Line, which closed to passenger traffic in June 1963 and completely a year later.[6] The original timber buildings from this station were taken to build Monsal Dale railway station in Derbyshire; the replacement stone structure still stands and is used for office accommodation. The rest of the site has been redeveloped as a housing estate.

Services[edit]

Evesham currently has an irregular service with gaps between daytime services ranging from 40 minutes to 2 hours. It has a total of 32 services Monday to Friday: destinations served include Worcester, Great Malvern and Hereford to the north and west and Oxford, Reading & London Paddington to the south.[7] Typical journey times are 27 minutes to Worcester, 1 hour 15 minutes to Hereford, 55 minutes to Oxford, 1 hour 16 minutes to Reading, and 1 hour 44 minutes to London Paddington.

References[edit]

The former Midland Railway station seen on 27 September 1962 with the 1138 Redditch to Ashchurch train
  1. ^ Jenkins & Quayle 1977, pp. 29–30.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 93.
  3. ^ Jenkins & Quayle 1977, p. 36.
  4. ^ Jenkins & Quayle 1977, p. 63.
  5. ^ Jenkins & Quayle 1977, p. 66.
  6. ^ Catford, Nick. "Evesham (Midland)". Disused Stations. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  7. ^ GB Rail Timetable 2013–14, Table 126

Sources[edit]

Down local train at the former OWW station in 1959
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jenkins, Stanley C; Quayle, HL (1977). The Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Blandford: Oakwood Press. OL40. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Pershore   First Great Western
Cotswold Line
  Honeybourne
Historical railways
Fladbury
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
  Littleton and Badsey
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Bengeworth
Line and station closed
  Midland Railway
Gloucester Loop Line
  Harvington
Line and station closed