Bow Brickhill railway station

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Bow Brickhill National Rail
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Location
Place Bow Brickhill
Local authority Milton Keynes
Coordinates 52°00′14″N 0°41′46″W / 52.004°N 0.696°W / 52.004; -0.696Coordinates: 52°00′14″N 0°41′46″W / 52.004°N 0.696°W / 52.004; -0.696
Grid reference SP895347
Operations
Station code BWB
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 33,636
2012/13 Increase 34,116
2013/14 Increase 36,836
2014/15 Increase 40,918
2015/16 Increase 43,016
History
30 November 1905[1] Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bow Brickhill from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bow Brickhill railway station is a railway station that serves the village of Bow Brickhill in the Borough of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and the Caldecotte, Tilbrook and Walton areas of south-east Milton Keynes itself. It is on the BletchleyBedford Marston Vale Line.

The station is served by London Midland local services from Bletchley to Bedford. Services are operated using Class 150/1 and Class 153 diesel multiple units. This station is one of the five stations serving Milton Keynes. The others are Wolverton, Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley and Fenny Stratford.

History[edit]

The London and North Western Railway opened Bow Brickhill station in 1905, significantly later than many other stations on the branch. It was one of seven halts built for the introduction of a steam rail motor service over the line.[1] It closed temporarily during the first World War as an economy measure, from Jan 1917 to May 1919. Bow Brickhill lost its staffing and gated level crossing to modernisation in the 1980s, and since then the station has been unmanned except for two security cameras operated from other stations.

Until 2004 Bow Brickhill was unique on the line for having staggered platforms. The purpose of this is so that road traffic on the level crossing is not held up by trains standing still in the platform. However recently a number of other stations on the line including Aspley Guise have been rebuilt to have their platforms staggered also as part of the Bedford-Bletchley route modernisation.

Bow Brickhill in 1962

Another oddity about Bow Brickill is that the road crossing here, the V10 Brickhill Street, has a roundabout immediately on either side of the crossing. This causes traffic jams whenever the crossing barriers are down, as each roundabout clogs with the traffic queue and remains so for up to ten minutes.

Services[edit]

An hourly service is provided in each direction to Bletchley and to Bedford Monday to Saturday. There is no Sunday service.[2]

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London Midland
Mondays-Saturdays only

Community Rail Partnership[edit]

Bow Brickhill station, in common with others on the Marston Vale Line, is covered by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership,[3] which aims to increase use of the line by involving local people.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Disused Stations - Bow Brickhill"Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 7 September 2016
  2. ^ Table 64 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  3. ^ Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership

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