Hungerford railway station

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Hungerford National Rail
Hungerford station in 2013 - view from level crossing.jpg
Location
Place Hungerford
Local authority West Berkshire
Coordinates 51°24′54″N 1°30′43″W / 51.415°N 1.512°W / 51.415; -1.512Coordinates: 51°24′54″N 1°30′43″W / 51.415°N 1.512°W / 51.415; -1.512
Grid reference SU340685
Operations
Station code HGD
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.293 million
2012/13 Increase 0.317 million
2013/14 Increase 0.332 million
2014/15 Increase 0.344 million
2015/16 Increase 0.372 million
History
Key dates Opened December 1847 (December 1847)
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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 Hungerford from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hungerford railway station is a railway station in the town of Hungerford, Berkshire, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Great Western Railway.

History[edit]

The Great Western Railway opened the station in 1847 as a temporary terminus of the Berks and Hants Line which started at Reading. In 1862 the Berks and Hants was extended to Patney and Chirton. It eventually reached Taunton on 2 April 1906 to allow the running of express trains from London Paddington through to the south west without taking the longer route through Bristol.[1] The station ceased to deal with goods traffic in 1970 and became an unstaffed halt with subsequent demolition of the station buildings (except the 1902 footbridge over the lines) in 1971. The footbridge was replaced by the current modern structure in 1999. A freight train crashed on 10 November 1971 partially demolishing the GWR signal box, which was then replaced by a modern wooden flat roofed signal box which served until the end of semaphore signalling and the introduction of colour light signals on 17 July 1978.[2]

Service history[edit]

The station remained part of the Great Western Railway until the nationalisation of the railways in 1948. After the sectorisation of British Rail in 1982 the station became part of Network SouthEast. Services were provided by Thames Trains from 1996, from 2004 by First Great Western Link and from 2006 by First Great Western.

Current layout[edit]

Hungerford station consists of two platforms either side of the mainline tracks. There is a level crossing at the western end of the station.[3] One mile East of the station there is a passing loop on the up line which is mainly used by freight trains but can also be used by passenger trains. The current timetable does not call for passenger trains to use the loop but it is common for special charter trains to do so.[citation needed]

Hungerford station is on the eastern side of the town. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs to the north of the station, parallel with the line.

Services[edit]

Trains at Hungerford Station

The station is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Bedwyn via Reading (some early morning & evening trains start or finish at Reading).[4] It is also served by semi-fast Great Western Railway trains between London and Exeter St Davids using InterCity 125 trains.[5]

The services are summarised as follows:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Kintbury   Great Western Railway
Semi-fast services
Reading-Taunton line
  Bedwyn
Kintbury   Great Western Railway
Paddington to Bedwyn
Local services
Reading-Taunton line
  Bedwyn

References[edit]

  1. ^ GWR Hungerford branch. Accessed 2 September 2007
  2. ^ (Source Hungerford Historical Association)
  3. ^ Hungerford Railway Station Horn, Graham Geograph.org; Retrieved 5 October 2016
  4. ^ Table 116 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  5. ^ Table 135 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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