Cholsey railway station

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Cholsey National Rail
2016 at Cholsey station - exterior.JPG
Station buildings from street level
Place Cholsey
Local authority District of South Oxfordshire
Grid reference SU584860
Station code CHO
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 5
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.204 million
2012/13 Increase 0.221 million
2013/14 Increase 0.239 million
2014/15 Increase 0.272 million
2015/16 Increase 0.275 million
Key dates Opened 29 February 1892 (29 February 1892)
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
1 June 1840 GWR Reading to Steventon opened
29 February 1892 Station opens as Cholsey and Moulsford
ca. 1950 Renamed Cholsey
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cholsey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Cholsey railway station (previously known as Cholsey and Moulsford railway station) serves the village of Cholsey in South Oxfordshire. The station is managed by Great Western Railway who operate local services to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington. Chosely is also the junction for the heritage railway services on the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway.


The station frontage building is on two levels, with station offices in the lower (street) level and the London bound waiting room on the upper (platform) level. There are two small car parks, one at street level in front of the station building, the other at platform level to the south of the station.

The station has platforms on each of the fast and relief (slow) lines, although the platforms on the fast lines see little use. It also has a terminal platform used by trains on the Wallingford line. The platforms are located on an embankment, with access to street level by stairs and a pedestrian underpass.

  • Platform 1 – is only used when the relief lines are out of service. It is for down GWR services during engineering and maintenance work.
  • Platform 2 – is only used when the relief lines are out of service. It is for up GWR services during engineering and maintenance work.
  • Platform 3 – for down GWR local services to Oxford and Banbury.
  • Platform 4 – for up GWR local services to Reading and London Paddington.
  • Platform 5 – is a west-facing bay platform currently used for Cholsey and Wallingford Railway heritage services to Wallingford.

High-speed passenger and freight trains pass through platforms 1 – 4 with little or no warning. As with any station, it is advisable to keep a safe distance from the platform edge, particularly on platforms 1 and 2 as trains can pass through at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour (201 km/h).


Wallingford branch train in 1959

The station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway, which opened on 1 June 1840.[1] The original station, opened with the line and known as Wallingford Road, was several hundred yards further up the main line towards Goring & Streatley, just east of the point where the A329 road crosses the line (grid reference SU592851). Some of the original station buildings can still be seen at this point. On 2 July 1866 Wallingford Road station was renamed Moulsford and the branch to Wallingford was opened five days later;[2] whilst the junction for this was at Moulsford station, the branch line track ran parallel to the main line for nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) before curving away.

In 1892, during quadrupling of the main line, the junction for Wallingford was resited closer to the point of divergence and a new station was built there. On 29 February 1892 the new station opened and Moulsford station closed.[3]

The Wallingford branch closed to passenger trains in 1959 and to freight trains in 1981. Part of it is now preserved as the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway.


A GWR service to Oxford

Cholsey station is served by stopping services run by GWR between Reading and Oxford. Most of these services start or continue as semi-fast services between Reading and London Paddington and run twice hourly for most of the day, and hourly on Sundays. Typical journey times are approximately 20 minutes to Reading and Oxford, and just over 1 hour to Paddington.[4]

Services on the volunteer-run Cholsey and Wallingford railway run intermittently, usually on weekends and bank holidays.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Didcot Parkway   Great Western Railway
Commuter services
Great Western Main Line
  Goring & Streatley
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Wallingford   Cholsey and Wallingford Railway
Occasional service
Historical railways
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
Line open, station closed
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Wallingford Branch Line


  1. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). "Chapter IV Construction". History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. I Part I (1st ed.). Paddington: Great Western Railway. p. 102. 
  2. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1931). "Chapter I A Critical Period (1863–1869)". History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. II (1st ed.). Paddington: Great Western Railway. pp. 42–43. 
  3. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (March 2002). "Figures 57-59". Reading to Didcot. Western Main Lines. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-901706-79-6. 
  4. ^ Table 116 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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Coordinates: 51°34′10.20″N 1°09′28.44″W / 51.5695000°N 1.1579000°W / 51.5695000; -1.1579000