Haddenham & Thame Parkway railway station
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|Haddenham & Thame Parkway|
The station, looking north west before the renovations in 2015
|Local authority||District of Aylesbury Vale|
|Managed by||Chiltern Railways|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 5 October 1987|
|Original company||British Rail, Western Region|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Haddenham & Thame Parkway from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Haddenham & Thame Parkway railway station is a station in Buckinghamshire serving the village of Haddenham and town of Thame in the neighbouring county, Oxfordshire, England. The station is on the western edge of Haddenham, about 2 miles (3 km) north east of Thame, and is served by Chiltern Railways.
History and general information
There used to be a Haddenham railway station at the village and a Thame railway station on the Princes Risborough to Oxford line, but British Railways closed both stations in 1963. The old Haddenham station was on a different site about 0.5 miles (800 m) south-east of the present one, and traces can still be seen where a bridge carries Station Road over the line.
The current station was opened on 5 October 1987 to serve Haddenham and Thame. The British Rail station was built on the north side of Thame Road, Haddenham, and was originally single platform, with the platform sited on the former down line, long since removed. However, in 1998 as part of "Project Evergreen", Chiltern Railways re-doubled the Princes Risborough – Bicester line and re-modelled the platforms so that from 24 May 1998, there are now two, one on either line. Since then the platforms have also been lengthened and the station building has been expanded to include a coffee shop following the removal of the newsagents based in a temporary building.
In recent years passenger traffic at Haddenham and Thame has grown rapidly. In the eight years 2003–11 the number of passengers using the station increased by 53%.
In 2014/15, major renovations took place. A larger ticket was built and some platforms were extended. The plans were funded by Chiltern Railways, Network Rail, Buckinghamshire County Council and Sustrans.
The station is served by two main routes, both starting from London Marylebone. One of these runs to Bicester North and hence to Banbury and Birmingham Snow Hill, whilst the other goes to Bicester Village and Oxford Parkway (using a recently constructed chord from the Chiltern Main Line to the Oxford to Bicester Line). Both lines have a basic hourly service in each direction all week, with weekday peak extras. Peak variations see trains starting/terminating at one of Bicester North, Banbury, Birmingham Moor Street or Kidderminster and there is a limited through service to Stratford-upon-Avon on weekdays & Sundays.
Through trains to/from Oxford will begin at the December 2016 timetable change.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Bicester North||Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line
|Bicester Village||Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone – Oxford
These services operate irregularly and are operated by Z&S International and Red Rose Travel.
- 111 (Aylesbury - Haddenham - Thame - Long Crendon - Oakley)
- 112 (Aylesbury - Haddenham - Thame - Waddesdon)
- 270 (Haddenham - Thame - Oxford)
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Mitchell, Victor E.; Smith, Keith (2002). Princes Risborough to Banbury. Western Main Lines. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-901706-85-0.
- Train times and station information for Haddenham & Thame Parkway railway station from National Rail