Moreton-in-Marsh railway station
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|4 June 1853||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Moreton-in-Marsh from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Moreton-in-Marsh railway station is a railway station serving the town of Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire, England. It is on the Cotswold Line between Kingham and Honeybourne stations. The station and all passenger trains serving it are operated by First Great Western.
The station was opened by the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway (OWW) on 4 June 1853, the day that the southern section of the OWW's main line, that between Evesham and Wolvercot Junction (just north of Oxford), was opened. It was once the southern end of the Stratford-upon-Avon to Moreton tramway. It was a passing place on the largely single line Cotswold Line, but since the redoubling completed in 2011 it is once again a station on normal double track. It was the base of Cotswold Rail, a spot-hire company of shunting and mainline locomotives, now based in Gloucester.
Several of the information and direction signs around the station are bilingual – in English and Japanese. This for the benefit of tourists, as Japanese television is promoting the Cotswolds as a holiday destination. They were the idea of station manager Teresa Ceesay, who had noticed the popularity of the town with Japanese tourists and that many asked for information at the station's ticket office. The cost of £350 was met by train operator First Great Western.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Honeybourne||First Great Western
|Blockley||Great Western Railway
Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
|Terminus||Stratford and Moreton Tramway||Stretton-on-Fosse|
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- "Japanese signs installed at Cotswold railway station to help tourism". This is Gloucestershire. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
- "Found in translation: Cotswold railway station puts signs up in Japanese for tourists". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). 13 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
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