High Wycombe railway station
High Wycombe station in 2015
|Local authority||District of Wycombe|
|Managed by||Chiltern Railways|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Wycombe Railway|
|1854||Terminus station opened|
|1864||Through station opened. Original terminus becomes a goods shed|
|1906||Through services along GW&GCJR begun|
|1970||Services to Bourne End withdrawn|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at High Wycombe from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
High Wycombe railway station is a railway station in the town of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. The station is on the Chiltern Main Line between Beaconsfield and Saunderton stations. It is served by Chiltern Railways.
The original terminus station was built in 1854 after an original design by I.K. Brunel The station had one platform and a train shed that covered two broad gauge tracks, on one side of the train shed was a single road engine shed and to the platform side a booking office and waiting rooms (on the Birdcage Walk side) . The walls of the train shed, an engine shed and offices were constructed from brick and knapped flint with slate roofs. This building remained as a station in use until 1864 when it became a goods shed. Between the 1880s and 1940 various additions were made to the fabric of the old station. The building received grade two listing in 1999 due to being one of only six remaining GWR train sheds. Since listing most of the later additions were removed restoring the building to its original footprint, the only addition is the flat roof second floor extension added in 1940.
The dimensions and general design of the train shed, engine shed and office accommodation was repeated at Thame with only the building materials different, Wycombe being built with brick and knapped flint wall while Thame was timber.
A second through station was opened on the current location in 1864 with a second platform and later a footbridge. For two years prior to this date, after the extension to Thame had been made, all through trains had to reverse in and out of the old station which was not located on the new through lines. The design of the office accommodation on the second station was a copy of the office accommodation on the first, with a canopy covering the platform rather than the train shed. The building was extended as least once at its west end.
With the building of the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway in 1906 the station was again rebuilt to the design that is in use today with four lines between two staggered platforms and a subway.
The station was originally the terminus of the Wycombe Railway line from Maidenhead, which was later extended to Aylesbury and Oxford, and then in 1867 was taken over by the Great Western Railway.
In 1906 the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway line was opened through High Wycombe, linking London with the two companies' lines to the north. Much of the current Chiltern Main Line is formed from this joint line.
- 2 trains per hour semi-fast service to London Marylebone.
- 2 trains per hour non-stop service to London Marylebone.
- 1 train per hour stopping service to London Marylebone, which starts at High Wycombe.
- 1 train per hour semi-fast service to Birmingham Snow Hill.
- 1 train per hour stopping service to Princes Risborough,
- 1 train per hour semi-fast service to Bicester North
- 1 train per hour semi-fast service to Banbury, extended to Stratford-upon-Avon every 2 hours
There are some direct services to Aylesbury at certain times of day (as extensions of the hourly stopper to Princes Risborough), with connections available at the latter at other times.
High Wycombe has a bay platform, Platform 1, from which additional peak-hour local services run to and from London Marylebone.
Chiltern Railways proposes a new service running between London and Oxford with services calling at High Wycombe. This will be the first direct service between Oxford and Wycombe since 1963. The new service was planned to begin in 2013. although in January 2013 it was announced that this service would start in 2015.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Princes Risborough||Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line
|Princes Risborough or
Chiltern Main Line
London Paddington - High Wycombe
|Bicester Town||Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone - Oxford
|Terminus||Great Western Railway
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- "Station blaze disrupts journeys". BBC. 27 November 2005.
- "High Wycombe station restored after fire". Chiltern Railways.[dead link]
- Chiltern Railways Timetables - Aylesbury to London Marylebone via High Wycombe Chiltern Railways website; Retrieved 2013-07-26
- Chiltern Railways Timetables - High Wycombe to Birmingham via Banbury Chiltern Railways website; Retrieved 2013-07-26
- "Project Evergreen 3" (PDF). Chiltern Railways. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
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- Chiltern Railways Evergreen 3 - Proposed services to Oxford.
- Drawings of how the station looked when built