Finstock railway station

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Finstock National Rail
Finstock Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceFinstock
Local authorityWest Oxfordshire
Coordinates51°51′11″N 1°28′08″W / 51.853°N 1.469°W / 51.853; -1.469Coordinates: 51°51′11″N 1°28′08″W / 51.853°N 1.469°W / 51.853; -1.469
Grid referenceSP366173
Operations
Station codeFIN
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 1,804
2015/16Decrease 1,770
2016/17Increase 1,836
2017/18Decrease 1,756
2018/19Decrease 1,714
History
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGWR
9 April 1934Opened as Finstock Halt
5 May 1969Renamed Finstock
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 Finstock from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Finstock railway station serves the village of Finstock and the hamlet of Fawler in Oxfordshire, England. It is some distance from Finstock itself,[1] being situated to the north-east of Charlbury Road (the present B4022), which crosses the line on an overbridge.

The station and all trains serving it are operated by Great Western Railway. Finstock is the least used station in Oxfordshire according to the official passenger statistics.[2]

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway (GWR) on 9 April 1934, originally being named "Finstock Halt"[3] and having two platforms.[4] Each platform was approached by an inclined path from Charlbury Road, and each had a corrugated iron shelter with windows only in the end walls.[5]

On 5 May 1969 it was renamed "Finstock".[3] The line was singled on 29 November 1971, the former up line now carrying traffic in both directions, and the redundant down platform was removed. By September 1980 the former GWR waiting shelter had been replaced by a simple shelter open on three sides. On 9 March 1987 the former up platform was taken out of use and replaced by one built over the site of the former down line.[6]

Since at least February 1999 the station has been served by just one train per day in each direction.[7] Evidence of the former up platform and access ramp is now overgrown.[1]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Charlbury   Great Western Railway
Cotswold Line
Mondays-Fridays only
  Combe

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stretton, John (2006). Oxfordshire; A Second Selection. British Railways Past and Present. 55. Kettering: Past & Present Publishing Ltd. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-85895-203-1.
  2. ^ Marshall, Geoff. "Least Used Stations". Geofftech.co.uk. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 97. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ Robertson, Kevin (1990). Great Western Railway Halts. 1. Pinner: Irwell Press. ISBN 1-871608-17-1.
  5. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2003, figs. 48–51
  6. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2003, Historical background; figs. 52–53
  7. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2003, fig. 53
  • Mitchell, Victor E.; Smith, Keith (27 September 2003). Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh. Western Main Lines. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-904474-15-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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