Henley-in-Arden railway station

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Henley-in-Arden National Rail
Henley-in-Arden
Location
Place Henley-in-Arden
Local authority Stratford-on-Avon
Grid reference SP148659
Operations
Station code HNL
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 74,930
2005/06 Decrease 74,566
2006/07 Decrease 65,553
2007/08 Decrease 64,056
2008/09 Increase 98,912
2009/10 Decrease 95,380
2010/11 Decrease 94,506
2011/12 Increase 108,952
2012/13 Increase 109,964
2013/14 Increase 123,538
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Henley-in-Arden from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Henley-in-Arden is a railway station serving the small Warwickshire town of Henley-in-Arden, England. It is on the North Warwickshire Line between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

History[edit]

First station and branch line[edit]

The first railway station at Henley was opened to passengers on 6 June 1894 (and to goods on 2 July 1894) at the end of a short branch line, 3 miles 7 chains (5.0 km) in length, running from Rowington Junction, near Lapworth (then known as Kingswood) on the Great Western Railway (GWR) main line from London to Birmingham. Construction of the branch line began in 1860, but was not finished because of a lack of funding. Construction was begun again in the 1890s by a new company, the Birmingham and Henley in Arden Railway, and completed in June 1894. The branch came under the control of the GWR in 1900.[1][2]

On 9 December 1907 the North Warwickshire Line was opened for goods traffic; it opened to passengers on 1 July 1908. This connected Henley with a new station, and made the branch line superfluous. A short spur, 32 chains (640 m) in length, was constructed to allow branch line trains to enter the new station, but the old one continued to be used for goods. The branch continued in operation until 1915, when it was closed as a wartime economy measure, and its tracks were taken up to be used for the First World War war effort. Official closure of the 2 miles 59 chains (4.4 km) between Rowington Junction and the old station took place on 1 January 1917. The short spur to the old station continued to be used for goods until December 1962.[1][3]

Current station[edit]

The current station was opened in 1908 with the North Warwickshire Line, which then was an important main line connecting Birmingham with Cheltenham via Stratford-upon-Avon. The new station was one of the most prestigious on the new line, and was provided with three platforms. One of which was for trains terminating from Birmingham, and for a short period, trains terminating from the old branch line, until it closed.[4]

The station today is unstaffed, and only two of the three original platforms are in use. The original station building and canopy is still extant on one platform, but is now boarded up.[5]

The original footbridge at the station has since been dismantled (and replaced by a modern lift-equipped footbridge), it has been donated to the preserved Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for its extension to Broadway railway station.[6]

Services[edit]

The station is served by hourly local trains in each direction, between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon Avon, run by London Midland. Most Birmingham trains continue to Stourbridge Junction.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Danzey   London Midland
North Warwickshire Line
  Wootton Wawen
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Tyseley   Vintage Trains
The Shakespeare Express
July–September
  Stratford-upon-Avon
Disused railways
Lapworth
Line closed, station open
  Great Western Railway
Birmingham and Henley in Arden Railway
  Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Henley-in-Arden - Original Station". Warwickshire Railways. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. II: 1863-1921. Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 401, 607. OCLC 55853736. 
  3. ^ MacDermot 1931, pp. 441–2, 611, 613
  4. ^ "Henley in Arden - North Warwickshire Railway". Warwickshire Railways.com. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Henley-in-Arden Station 1908 - Present". Rail around Birmingham. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Henley-in-Arden station's weather delayed improvements begin". BBC News. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 52°17′28″N 1°47′02″W / 52.291°N 1.784°W / 52.291; -1.784