Maidenhead railway station

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Maidenhead National Rail Crossrail
2012 at Maidenhead station - forecourt.jpg
Maidenhead is located in Berkshire
Maidenhead
Maidenhead
Location of Maidenhead in Berkshire
LocationMaidenhead
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Grid referenceSU886807
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Station codeMAI
DfT categoryC1
Number of platforms5
AccessibleYes
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 4.203 million[1]
2014–15Increase 4.308 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.504 million[1]
2015–16Increase 4.459 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.490 million[1]
2016–17Increase 4.609 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.486 million[1]
2017–18Decrease 4.583 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.567 million[1]
2018–19Increase 4.717 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.605 million[1]
Railway companies
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Pre-groupingGWR
Post-groupingGWR
Key dates
1 November 1871Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°31′08″N 0°43′23″W / 51.519°N 0.723°W / 51.519; -0.723Coordinates: 51°31′08″N 0°43′23″W / 51.519°N 0.723°W / 51.519; -0.723
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Maidenhead railway station serves the town of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. It is 24 miles 19 chains (39.0 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Taplow to the east and Twyford to the west.

It is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway and is also the junction for the Marlow Branch Line. It has five platforms which are accessed through ticket barriers at both entrances to the station. The Marlow line platform had an overall roof until 2014 when it was removed in the course of electrification works.

History[edit]

Maidenhead station in 1953

The station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway, which opened as far as Reading in 1840. The original Maidenhead Station lay east of the Thames, not far from the present Taplow station. This was the line's first terminus, pending the completion of the Sounding Arch (Maidenhead Railway Bridge) bridge over the river. In 1854, the Wycombe Railway Company built a line from Maidenhead to High Wycombe, with a station on Castle Hill, at first called "Maidenhead (Wycombe Branch)", later renamed "Maidenhead Boyne Hill". However, there was no station on the present site until 1871, when local contractor William Woodbridge built it. Originally, it was called "Maidenhead Junction", but eventually it came to replace the Boyn Hill station as well as the original station on the Maidenhead Riverside.[2]

In 2008 the station underwent major renovation works[3] and in 2010 a statue of Nicholas Winton was installed on one of the platforms.

A 1945 Ordnance Survey of Maidenhead showing the location of the station
Maidenhead railway station entrance and car park

Current station[edit]

Station layout[edit]

The main entrance to the station is on the A308 with a back entrance on Shoppenhangers Road. The station has five through platforms and no terminating platforms:[4]

  • Platform 1 - For westbound trains on the main line. This platform is mainly used during peak times, as outside these times few trains on the main line stop at Maidenhead. It is outside of the ticket barriers at Shoppenhangers Road and the gate to the platform is only opened when a train is due to arrive.
  • Platform 2 - For eastbound trains on the main line. This platform is mainly used during peak times, as outside these times few trains on the main line stop at Maidenhead.
  • Platform 3 - For westbound trains on the relief line. The concourse is shared with platform 2.
  • Platform 4 - For eastbound trains on the relief line.
  • Platform 5 - For trains serving the Marlow branch line. Trains either begin/terminate here or continue to or from London on the relief line. This shares a concourse with platform 4.

Services[edit]

All trains at Maidenhead are operated by Great Western Railway and TfL Rail. The typical off-peak service is:

During the peak periods, additional trains run to and from London Paddington. In addition, the Marlow shuttle services increase from hourly to half-hourly and run only between Maidenhead and Bourne End (a half-hourly shuttle runs from Bourne End to Marlow where passengers can connect to services to Maidenhead).

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Twyford   Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
  Slough
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Marlow Branch Line
  Furze Platt
Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail
Twyford   TfL Rail
Paddington - Reading
  Taplow
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
towards Reading
Crossrail
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood

Crossrail[edit]

Maidenhead was initially the planned western terminus of Crossrail Line 1 before an announcement was made in 2014 to move the terminus to Reading.[5] Most Elizabeth Line trains will terminate at Maidenhead, with only two per hour continuing to Reading, so sidings will be built at Maidenhead to support.

The station is currently undergoing significant modification, including the replacement of the existing passenger waiting facilities, a new ticket hall, lifts, platform extensions to accommodate the longer trains, the introduction of overhead line equipment and the construction of new stabling and turnback facilities to the west of the station.[6][7]

Statue[edit]

In 2010 a statue was erected to honour the man dubbed the "British Schindler" for his work saving Jewish children from Nazi invasion. Sir Nicholas Winton was 29 when he smuggled 669 boys and girls, destined for concentration camps, out of Czechoslovakia in 1939. The statue, on platform three, depicts Winton sitting on a bench reading his famous scrapbook, which contained lists of all the children he helped to save.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Over 2001, para. 8.
  3. ^ Justin Burns (25 September 2008). "Train station refurbishment unveiled". Maidenhead Advertiser. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Maidenhead". www.chiark.greenend.org.uk. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  5. ^ "DfT and TfL Extend Crossrail Route to Reading". Crossrail.
  6. ^ Paul Miles (6 December 2012). "Crossrail work begins at Maidenhead train station". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Maidenhead station". Crossrail. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Statue for 'British Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton". 18 September 2010 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

References[edit]

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Over, Luke (September 2001). Delaney, Peter (ed.). "The Railway Comes to Maidenhead". Wargrave Local History Society. Archived from the original on 25 March 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2005.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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