Bracknell railway station

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Bracknell National Rail
Bracknell railway station 1.jpg
Bracknell station, in 2007, looking east, with the west-(Reading)-bound platform in the foreground. (Original concrete footbridge visible in distance.)
Location
PlaceBracknell
Local authorityBracknell Forest
Coordinates51°24′47″N 0°45′07″W / 51.413°N 0.752°W / 51.413; -0.752Coordinates: 51°24′47″N 0°45′07″W / 51.413°N 0.752°W / 51.413; -0.752
Grid referenceSU869689
Operations
Station codeBCE
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryC2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 2.208 million
2014/15Increase 2.315 million
2015/16Increase 2.386 million
2016/17Decrease 2.355 million
2017/18Decrease 2.311 million
History
Key datesOpened 9 July 1856 (9 July 1856)
Original companyStaines and Wokingham Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bracknell from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Bracknell station in 1961
A 1909 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Reading

Bracknell railway station serves the town of Bracknell in Berkshire, England. It is 32 miles 24 chains (52.0 km) down the line from London Waterloo.

The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by South Western Railway. It is on the Waterloo to Reading line.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1856 by the Staines and Wokingham Railway which was taken over by the London and South Western Railway in 1878. British Railways closed the goods yard in 1969. The station was redeveloped in 1975, and the entrance is now under the Bracknell Quintiles building.[1]

Services[edit]

Trains run between London Waterloo and Reading every 30 minutes, seven days a week. On weekdays there are extra morning and evening peak time trains between Reading and London Waterloo, with one evening service from Reading terminating at Staines.[2]

Journey times to London Waterloo are around an hour, whilst to Reading it is 20 mins.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Martins Heron   South Western Railway
Waterloo to Reading
  Wokingham

Bracknell bus station is next to the railway station.

Improvements[edit]

In 2008 work began to improve access for passengers with wheelchairs, baby-vehicles or bicycles. A new covered footbridge, with both staircases and lifts, was completed and opened in 2009. Before this, the only way to reach the "Down" (Reading-bound) platform was over the steps of the original footbridge at the London end of the platforms. This was a classic Southern Railway design with no roof, built of pre-cast concrete sections. It had also provided direct access from Crowthorne Road North, but this extra span had long been disconnected. Once the new bridge was opened, the old bridge was taken out of use and fenced off. It was demolished in May 2009. In 2017 the platforms were extended to suit 10 to 12 car trains as the increase of passengers on the line

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Coming of Railways" (PDF). Bracknell Forest Borough Council. 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  2. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 149 (Network Rail)

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