Crowthorne railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Crowthorne National Rail
Crowthorne Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Crowthorne
Local authority Bracknell Forest
Grid reference SU822637
Operations
Station code CRN
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 0.269 million
2011/12 Increase 0.281 million
2012/13 Increase 0.293 million
2013/14 Increase 0.297 million
2014/15 Increase 0.304 million
History
29 January 1859 Opened as Wellington College
17 June 1928 renamed Crowthorne
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 Crowthorne from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Crowthorne railway station is a railway station in the village of Crowthorne in Berkshire, England. The station is managed by Great Western Railway, who operate services on the North Downs Line from Reading to Guildford, Redhill and Gatwick Airport.

The station has two platforms: platform 1 for services towards Gatwick Airport and platform 2 for services towards Reading. It has bicycle racks on both platforms, and a car park adjacent to platform 2.

History[edit]

A 1909 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Reading.

Crowthorne station was opened in 1859 as a result of pressure from the governors of Wellington College on the directors of the South Eastern Railway. The College also contributed £500 towards the cost of building the station, which was originally named "Wellington College for Crowthorne". This name remained until 17 June 1928, when it was renamed "Crowthorne". The old name board remained until World War II, though, when it was removed to prevent invading parachutists knowing where they were. Crowthorne station is located some 2 km from its High Street where most of its shops are located.

The station building fell into disuse after destaffing came in 1967; whilst the goods facilities had ceased in 1964. In 1986-87, the station atmosphere was rejuvenated when the bus stop-style shelter on platform 2 was replaced by a new waiting shelter with the BR logo incorporated in blue (later red) bricks. This was done as part of a job-creation scheme. The original station building at the time served as premises for an electrical contractor, and later a salon. The shelter was altered slightly in later years to include a small ticket office, which is manned in the morning peak hours.

Later on in the Network SouthEast years, the station was under the North Downs sub-sector of Network SouthEast until privatisation. Management was then passed to Thames Trains, then First Great Western in 2004 (First Great Western Link from 2004 until 2006).

Also at the station is a warning siren, part of the Broadmoor Hospital Security System.

Services[edit]

Crowthorne is served by trains approximately every 60 minutes in each direction Monday to Saturday, and every two hours on Sundays. There are additional trains during peak periods on weekdays. Most trains operate between Reading and Redhill, with some services continuing to Gatwick Airport during peak hours.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 148 (Network Rail)
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Wokingham   Great Western Railway
North Downs Line
  Sandhurst

Coordinates: 51°22′01″N 0°49′08″W / 51.367°N 0.819°W / 51.367; -0.819