Stoke Mandeville railway station

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Stoke Mandeville National Rail
Stoke Mandeville
Location
Place Stoke Mandeville
Local authority Aylesbury Vale
Coordinates 51°47′17″N 0°47′02″W / 51.788°N 0.784°W / 51.788; -0.784Coordinates: 51°47′17″N 0°47′02″W / 51.788°N 0.784°W / 51.788; -0.784
Grid reference SP839106
Operations
Station code SKM
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03      0.267 million
2004/05 Increase 0.318 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.316 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.313 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.309 million
2008/09 Increase 0.313 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.282 million
2010/11 Increase 0.292 million
2011/12 Increase 0.295 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.288 million
History
Original company Metropolitan Railway
Pre-grouping Metropolitan and Great Central Joint Railway
Post-grouping Metropolitan and Great Central Joint Railway
1 September 1892 (1892-09-01) Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stoke Mandeville from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Stoke Mandeville railway station serves the village of Stoke Mandeville, south of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England. The station is on the London - Aylesbury line and is served by Chiltern Railways trains. It is between Wendover and Aylesbury stations.

Both station platforms have step-free access.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 September 1892, by the Metropolitan Railway (Met), when its main line was extended from Chalfont Road to Aylesbury Town. The Great Central Railway served the station from 1899, connecting the station to Leicester, Nottingham, and Sheffield.

When London Underground's Metropolitan line (the successor of the Met) was fully electrified in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a decision was made to run only as far as Amersham. This meant that Stoke Mandeville was henceforth now only served by mainline services; following the end of steam-hauled Metropolitan line trains in 1961 the service was provided by British Rail Class 115 diesel multiple units until 1992 (which were then replaced by the line's current rolling stock which, at this station, mainly consists of Class 165 and Class 168 rolling stock). Responsibility for the station (and the railway north of Amersham to Aylesbury) was transferred from London Transport to British Railways on 11 September 1961;[1] British Railways signage gradually replaced those of the London Underground.

In 1966 as a result of the Reshaping of British Railways report, the line north of Aylesbury was closed and the station is now only served by local commuter services. Services were run by British Rail until privatisation in 1996, when Chiltern Railways took over the franchise.

During the modernisation of the Met in the 1950s, the down (Aylesbury) platform buildings were demolished. In 1989-90 BR's Network SouthEast refurbished the station and the "up" (London) platform canopy was shortened slightly.

The lawn at the station front features several sculptures including a statue of a former employee.

Services[edit]

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in and around Stoke Mandeville

At peak times there are up to 4 trains per hour to London in the morning, and from London (to Aylesbury) in the evening. Some are express services, which omit the stops shared with the Metropolitan line nearer to London.

Journeys to Marylebone take about 55 minutes or 45 minutes for express trains, of which there is one per day. Journeys to Aylesbury take about 5 minutes.

The off-peak service pattern is as follows:

  • 2 trains per hour to Aylesbury
  • 2 trains per hour to London Marylebone
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Wendover   Chiltern Railways
London - Aylesbury
  Aylesbury
Disused railways
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Terminus
Metropolitan line
towards Baker Street or Aldgate

Station layout[edit]

Platform 1 Southbound
Chiltern Railways to London Marylebone
Chiltern Railways to Aylesbury
Platform 2 Northbound

Onward connections[edit]

For Stoke Mandeville Hospital, rail passengers should alight at Aylesbury and take the Red Route 9 bus from Aylesbury Bus Station.

Buses run by Arriva Shires & Essex link Stoke Mandeville station with Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Railway Magazine, August 2013 edition (page 47), ISSN 0033-8923

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