High Wycombe railway station

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High Wycombe National Rail
2015 at High Wycombe station - main building.JPG
High Wycombe station in 2015
Place High Wycombe
Local authority District of Wycombe
Grid reference SU869930
Station code HWY
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 2.473 million
2013/14 Increase 2.583 million
2014/15 Increase 2.750 million
2015/16 Increase 2.813 million
2016/17 Increase 2.910 million
Original company Wycombe Railway
Pre-grouping GW&GCJR
Post-grouping GW&GCJR
1854 Terminus station opened
1864 Through station opened. Original terminus becomes a goods shed
1906 Through services along GW&GCJR begun
1970 Services to Bourne End withdrawn
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at High Wycombe from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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High Wycombe railway station is a railway station in the town of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. The station is on the Chiltern Main Line between Beaconsfield and Saunderton stations. It is served by Chiltern Railways.


The remains of the 1854 station

The original terminus station was built in 1854 after an original design by I.K. Brunel.

The station had one platform and a train shed that covered two broad gauge tracks, on one side of the train shed was a single road engine shed and to the platform side a booking office and waiting rooms (on the Birdcage Walk side) . The walls of the train shed, an engine shed and offices were constructed from brick and knapped flint with slate roofs. This building remained as a station in use until 1864 when it became a goods shed. Between the 1880s and 1940 various additions were made to the fabric of the old station. The building received grade two listing in 1999 due to being one of only six remaining GWR train sheds. Since listing most of the later additions were removed restoring the building to its original footprint, the only addition is the flat roof second floor extension added in 1940.

The dimensions and general design of the train shed, engine shed and office accommodation was repeated at Thame with only the building materials different, Wycombe being built with brick and knapped flint wall while Thame was timber.

A second through station was opened on the current location in 1864 with a second platform and later a footbridge. For two years prior to this date, after the extension to Thame had been made, all through trains had to reverse in and out of the old station which was not located on the new through lines. The design of the office accommodation on the second station was a copy of the office accommodation on the first, with a canopy covering the platform rather than the train shed. The building was extended as least once at its west end.

With the building of the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway in 1906 the station was again rebuilt to the design that is in use today with four lines between two staggered platforms and a subway.

The station was originally the terminus of the Wycombe Railway line from Maidenhead, which was later extended to Aylesbury and Oxford, and then in 1867 was taken over by the Great Western Railway.[citation needed]

In 1906 the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway line was opened through High Wycombe, linking London with the two companies' lines to the north. Much of the current Chiltern Main Line is formed from this joint line.[citation needed]

British Rail closed the original branch line to Maidenhead on 2 May 1970 and subsequently the track was lifted.[1]

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[2]

In November 2005 a fire in the ticket office gutted the roof of the building.[3] The restored station building reopened in September 2007.[4]

Ticket barriers are in operation at this station.[citation needed]

In April 2015 the Northbound platform was lengthened.[5] The subway was closed and has now been replaced with a footbridge with a lift at each end.[6]


A Class 168 going to London calls at High Wycombe as a northbound service approaches

All trains are operated by Chiltern Railways. The current off-peak services are:[7]

High Wycombe has a bay platform, Platform 1, from which additional peak-hour local services run to and from London Marylebone.


High Wycombe is to gain further rails links north of Aylesbury to Winslow and Milton Keynes by 2030 as part of the East West Rail project.[8]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Saunderton   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line

Bicester Village   Chiltern Railways
London Marylebone — Oxford

  London Marylebone
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Wycombe Railway
Until 1970


  1. ^ "The Post-Beeching Era". Local History. Marlow — Maidenhead Passengers' Association.
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (877): 248. ISSN 0033-8923.
  3. ^ "Station blaze disrupts journeys". BBC. 27 November 2005.
  4. ^ "High Wycombe station restored after fire". Chiltern Railways.[dead link]
  5. ^ https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/high-wycombe-upgrade
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/chilternrailway/status/774141996998897665?lang=en
  7. ^ http://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/download-our-timetable
  8. ^ East West Rail: train services

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Coordinates: 51°37′48″N 0°44′42″W / 51.630°N 0.745°W / 51.630; -0.745