Culham railway station
|Local authority||South Oxfordshire|
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1844|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Culham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Culham railway station serves the village of Culham in Oxfordshire, England. It is on the Cherwell Valley Line between Reading and Banbury, 56 miles 17 chains (90.5 km) measured from London Paddington. It is served by local train services provided by Great Western Railway.
The station is close to the site of RNAS Culham (HMS Hornbill), a Second World War airfield. The former airfield is now the Culham Science Centre, an 80 hectares (200 acres) scientific research site and home to two nuclear fusion experiments JET and MAST. The START Nuclear Fusion Experiment was also conducted on the site until MAST succeeded it in 1999.
The Great Western Railway opened the station on the Didcot – Oxford line as Abingdon Road on 12 June 1844. Its name was changed by the GWR to Culham, on 2 June 1856, on the opening of the branch from Abingdon Junction to Abingdon.
The name Abingdon Road was later re-used for an entirely different station about 5.5 miles (9 km) to the north, Abingdon Road Halt, opened in 1908.
In some recent years passenger numbers using Culham have changed rapidly. The total increased 67% in the three years 2006–09, but then decreased slightly in 2010.
The service from here is irregular outside of weekday peak periods, with sizeable gaps between calls in both directions. On weekdays there are 13 trains per day northbound towards Oxford and 12 towards Didcot with 8 each way on a Saturday. No trains call at Culham on Sundays.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Radley||Great Western Railway
Cherwell Valley Line
|Abingdon Junction||Great Western Railway
Cherwell Valley Line
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