High Wycombe railway station

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High Wycombe National Rail
High Wycombe
High Wycombe station in February 2007
Location
Place High Wycombe
Local authority Wycombe district
Grid reference SU869930
Operations
Station code HWY
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 Increase 1.854 million
2004/05 Increase 1.934 million
2005/06 Decrease 1.705 million
2006/07 Increase 1.927 million
2007/08 Increase 2.115 million
2008/09 Increase 2.198 million
2009/10 Decrease 2.151 million
2010/11 Decrease 2.106 million
2011/12 Increase 2.244 million
2012/13 Increase 2.473 million
History
Original company Wycombe Railway
Pre-grouping GW&GCJR
Post-grouping GW&GCJR
1854 Opened
1906 Through services along GW&GCJR begun
1970 Services to Bourne End withdrawn
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* 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.
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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.

History[edit]

High Wycombe station, 1980s
The remodelled station frontage in 2012

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 trainshed was a single road engine shed and to the platform side booking office and waiting rooms (on the Birdcage Walk side) . The walls of the trainshed, engine shed and offices were constructed from brick and knapped flint with a 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 trainsheds. 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 trainshed, engine shed and office accommodation was repeated at Thame station 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 station with a canopy covering the platform rather than the trainshed of the first, the building was extended as least once to its west end.

With the building of the Great Central/Great Western Joint Railway in 1906 the station was again rebuilt to the station 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

British Rail closed the original branch line to Maidenhead on 2 May 1970 and subsequently the track was lifted.[1]

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[2]

In November 2005 a fire in the ticket office gutted the roof of the building.[3] The restored station building reopened in September 2007.[4]

Ticket barriers are in operation at this station.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in and around High Wycombe

Services are run by Chiltern Railways, at present using Class 165 and Class 168 diesel multiple units. The current off-peak services are:[5][6]

  • 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.

Future[edit]

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 is planned to begin in 2013.[7] although in January 2013 it was announced that this service will start in 2015.[citation needed]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Saunderton   Chiltern Railways
London-Birmingham

stopping services

  Beaconsfield
Terminus Chiltern Railways
London-High Wycombe

stopping services

Princes Risborough   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line

semi-fast services

  Beaconsfield
Princes Risborough or
Banbury
  Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line

fast services

  London Marylebone
Terminus   Chiltern Railways
London Paddington - High Wycombe
Monday-Friday Only
  Beaconsfield
Future services
Bicester Town   Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone - Oxford
  London Marylebone
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Wycombe Railway
Until 1970
  Loudwater

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Post-Beeching Era". Local History. Marlow - Maidenhead Passengers' Association. 
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services". Railway Magazine (London: IPC Transport Press Ltd) 120 (877): 248. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  3. ^ "Station blaze disrupts journeys". BBC. 27 November 2005. 
  4. ^ "High Wycombe station restored after fire". Chiltern Railways. [dead link]
  5. ^ Chiltern Railways Timetables - Aylesbury to London Marylebone via High Wycombe Chiltern Railways website; Retrieved 2013-07-26
  6. ^ Chiltern Railways Timetables - High Wycombe to Birmingham via Banbury Chiltern Railways website; Retrieved 2013-07-26
  7. ^ "Project Evergreen 3". Chiltern Railways. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°37′48″N 0°44′42″W / 51.630°N 0.745°W / 51.630; -0.745