This article is about the station in Wiltshire, England. For the station in New York, USA, see Westbury (LIRR station)
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Westbury railway station is a railway station serving the town of Westbury in Wiltshire, England. The station is managed by First Great Western.
The station is a major junction, serving the Reading to Plymouth Line with services to and from Penzance and London Paddington, Wessex Main Line with services to and from Cardiff and Portsmouth, services to Swindon (limited service), Heart of Wessex Line providing local services from Bristol to Weymouth, and services to London Waterloo.
The buffet at Westbury appeared in a list of "highly commended" station cafes published in The Guardian in 2009.
Railway routes around Westbury in 2009
The station was opened by the Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway (WS&WR) on 5 September 1848, and was the initial terminus of the WS&WR line from Chippenham. This line was later extended to Frome, which opened on 7 October 1850. The Salisbury branch opened on 30 June 1856, whilst the opening of the line to Patney & Chirton in 1900 (along with that further west from Castle Cary to Cogload Junction six years later) completed the GWR's new main line from London Paddington to Taunton and beyond.
In the 1880s, the station was one of the meeting places of the South and West Wilts Hunt.
In 1901, Westbury railway station was entirely rebuilt, creating two "island" platforms six hundred feet long and forty feet wide. It has since been rebuilt and remodelled several times, most recently when the area was resignalled in 1985, but without changing the underlying form created in 1901. A freight yard next to the station is used by bulk limestone trains from the rail-served quarries at Merehead and Whatley in Somerset.
The station is served by all three main routes that pass through it. On the main West of England line, the station is served with westbound trains to one of Exeter St Davids, Plymouth, or Penzance and eastbound services to London Paddington.
There is a service on the Cardiff Central to Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour line and a separate service between Gloucester, Bristol and Westbury on this route. Some of these trains continue through to Weymouth, and there are trains from Weymouth to Bristol & Gloucester. South West Trains runs a service between Bristol and London Waterloo here. There are services to Frome, Warminster and Southampton plus through trains to and from Brighton.
A service runs to/from Swindon via Chippenham, Trowbridge and Melksham
- ^ Wills, Dixe (2009-05-12). "Ten of the best railway cafes". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
- ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 244. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- ^ Butt 1995, p. 100
- ^ Hunting Appointments in The Times, March 8, 1884, pg. 7, col. E
- ^ New Route to Weymouth in The Times, July 2, 1901, pg. 10, col. C