Bourne End railway station

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Bourne End
National Rail
British Rail Class 165 121 in GWR livery Standing at Bourne End Platform 1 with a service to Marlow..jpg
Great Western Railway Class 165 121 DMU arrives from Maidenhead. The driver will now change ends to continue to Marlow.
General information
LocationBourne End, Buckinghamshire
Grid referenceSU894872
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Other information
Station codeBNE
ClassificationDfT category E
Original companyWycombe Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
1 August 1854Opened as Marlow Road
1873Marlow branch opened
1874Renamed Bourne End
May 1970line to High Wycombe closed
2016/17Increase 0.257 million
 Interchange Increase 87,907
2017/18Decrease 0.243 million
 Interchange Increase 96,873
2018/19Increase 0.266 million
 Interchange Increase 104,376
2019/20Decrease 0.261 million
 Interchange Increase 111,635
2020/21Decrease 61,366
 Interchange Decrease 22,960
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
First Great Western Link 165 at Bourne End Station.
View SW, towards Marlow and Maidenhead in 1959

Bourne End railway station serves Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, England. It is on the Marlow Branch Line between Maidenhead and Marlow, 4 miles 36 chains (7.2 km) down the line from Maidenhead and 28 miles 55 chains (46.2 km) measured from London Paddington.

Services are provided by Great Western Railway. The ticket office is open on weekday and Saturday mornings. There is a customer car park south of the station. The station has two platforms.


The station was originally named Marlow Road station. In 1874 Marlow Road station was renamed Bourne End to obviate confusion with the newly opened Marlow station.

The station was opened in 1854 as part of the Wycombe Railway Company line between Maidenhead Boyne Hill station and High Wycombe. To reach Bourne End, a wooden viaduct was built across Cockmarsh and a wooden bridge was built across the River Thames.

In 1873 a line linking Bourne End with Marlow was opened to the public, with 1700 tickets being sold in the first week. Originally the branch line was served by a third platform on the west side of the station.

The service on the branch line is known locally as the "Marlow Donkey", which is commemorated by a local pub of the same name, although the origin of the term is unclear.[1] The 'small' waiting room building from Bourne End Station (left of picture) lives on at Bourne Again Junction on the Fawley Hill Railway, home of the late Sir William McAlpine. A camping coach was positioned here by the Western Region in 1960.[2]

Partial closure[edit]

British Rail closed the line between Bourne End and High Wycombe in May 1970 but trains still run between Maidenhead and Marlow. There was local opposition to the creation of a community rail partnership because of fears that this would isolate the line from the main railway network.[citation needed]


It has been proposed that the Line between Bourne End & High Wycombe it be reopened. A feasibly study is under way to see if it is economically a good idea to do.[3]


Bourne End is a terminus but effectively acts as a through station, with the driver having to change ends to continue to the next station. During peak hours service frequency is increased by having two trains work the line, each using Bourne End as the terminus: one runs Marlow – Bourne End and one Maidenhead – Bourne End, with passengers changing trains at Bourne End. This service pattern is needed to meet peak-time demand, as the platforms at Bourne End are not long enough to accommodate longer trains and there is no passing loop on the branch line to allow two trains to run the full route between Marlow and Maidenhead. While Bourne End has two platforms, platform 2 is only accessible from Maidenhead and not from Marlow, and so cannot be used as a passing loop.

Previously, there were four trains per weekday going direct from Bourne End to London Paddington, however these services stopped in May 2017, now requiring passengers to change at Maidenhead in order to continue to Paddington.

The basic daytime service runs hourly each way to Maidenhead & Marlow seven days a week, with the additional peak services operating Monday to Friday only.[4]


  1. ^ "The Story of the Marlow Donkey". (from Summer 2003 Newsletter). The Marlow Society. 22 April 2003. Archived from the original on 22 June 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  2. ^ McRae, Andrew (1998). British Railways Camping Coach Holidays: A Tour of Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. Vol. Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part Two). Foxline. p. 95. ISBN 1-870119-53-3.
  3. ^ "Councillor forced to justify spending £100k on railway line study".
  4. ^ Table 120 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Marlow   Great Western Railway
Marlow Branch Line
  train reverses
Disused railways
Wooburn Green   Wycombe Railway
Until 1970

Coordinates: 51°34′37″N 0°42′36″W / 51.577°N 0.710°W / 51.577; -0.710