Maidenhead railway station

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Maidenhead National Rail
Maidenhead
Location
Place Maidenhead
Local authority Windsor and Maidenhead
Coordinates 51°31′08″N 0°43′23″W / 51.519°N 0.723°W / 51.519; -0.723Coordinates: 51°31′08″N 0°43′23″W / 51.519°N 0.723°W / 51.519; -0.723
Grid reference SU886807
Operations
Station code MAI
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 5
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 Increase 3.292 million
2004/05 Decrease 3.272 million
2005/06 Increase 3.380 million
2006/07 Increase 3.609 million
2007/08 Increase 3.682 million
2008/09 Increase 3.683 million
2009/10 Decrease 3.600 million
2010/11 Increase 3.823 million
2011/12 Increase 4.125 million
History
Key dates Opened 1 November 1871 (1 November 1871)
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping GWR
Post-grouping GWR
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Maidenhead from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Maidenhead railway station serves the town of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. It is served by local services operated by First Great Western from London Paddington to Reading, and is also the junction for the Marlow Branch Line. It has five platforms which are accessed through ticket barriers at both entrances to the station. The Marlow line platform has an overall roof. The ticket barriers also stop the station being used as a walk through route.

History[edit]

Maidenhead station in 1953

The station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway, which opened as far as Reading in 1840. The original Maidenhead Station lay east of the Thames, not far from the present Taplow station. This was the line's first terminus, pending the completion of the Sounding Arch (Maidenhead Railway Bridge) bridge over the river. In 1854, the Wycombe Railway Company built a line from Maidenhead to High Wycombe, with a station on Castle Hill, at first called "Maidenhead (Wycombe Branch)", later renamed "Maidenhead Boyne Hill". However, there was no station on the present site until 1871, when local contractor William Woodbridge built it. Originally, it was called "Maidenhead Junction", but eventually it came to replace the Boyn Hill station as well as the original station on the Maidenhead Riverside.[1]

In 2008 the station underwent major renovation works.[2]

A 1945 Ordnance Survey of Maidenhead showing the location of the station
Maidenhead railway station entrance

Services[edit]

As well as regular services to London Paddington, trains run to Reading, Oxford and Marlow.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Twyford   First Great Western
Great Western Main Line
  Taplow
Terminus   First Great Western
Marlow Branch Line
  Furze Platt
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
towards Reading
Crossrail
Line 1
towards Abbey Wood or Shenfield

Crossrail[edit]

Maidenhead was initially the planned western terminus of Crossrail Line 1 before an announcement was made in 2014 to move the terminus to Reading.[3] The station will undergo significant modification, including the replacement of the existing passenger waiting facilities, a new ticket hall, lifts, a new platform for Marlow branch line services, the introduction of overhead line equipment and the construction of new stabling and turnback facilities to the west of the station.[4] Following a strong local campaign to extend Crossrail to a terminus at Reading, services will now be extended to Reading, with Twyford added.


Statue[edit]

In 2010 a statue was erected to honour the man dubbed the "British Schindler" for his work saving Jewish children from Nazi invasion. Sir Nicholas Winton was 29 when he smuggled 669 boys and girls, destined for concentration camps, out of Czechoslovakia in 1939. The statue, on platform three, depicts Winton sitting on a bench reading his famous scrapbook, which contained lists of all the children he helped to save. [5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Over 2001, para. 8.
  2. ^ Justin Burns (25 September 2008). "Train station refurbishment unveiled". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "DfT and TfL Extend Crossrail Route to Reading". Crossrail. 
  4. ^ Paul Miles (6 December 2012). "Crossrail work begins at Maidenhead train station". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-11356875

References[edit]

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  • Over, Luke (September 2001). Delaney, Peter, ed. "The Railway Comes to Maidenhead". Wargrave Local History Society. Retrieved 26 November 2005.