Pangbourne railway station

Coordinates: 51°29′07.08″N 1°05′24.00″W / 51.4853000°N 1.0900000°W / 51.4853000; -1.0900000
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Station buildings from access road
General information
LocationPangbourne, District of West Berkshire
Coordinates51°29′07.08″N 1°05′24.00″W / 51.4853000°N 1.0900000°W / 51.4853000; -1.0900000
Grid referenceSU632766
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Other information
Station codePAN
ClassificationDfT category E
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
1 June 1840 (1840-06-01)Station opened
2017/18Increase 0.476 million
2018/19Increase 0.488 million
2019/20Decrease 0.482 million
2020/21Decrease 94,750
2021/22Increase 0.252 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Platforms; note fast lines passing behind platform 1

Pangbourne railway station serves the village of Pangbourne in the county of Berkshire, and across the River Thames the village of Whitchurch-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire. It is 41 miles 43 chains (66.8 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Tilehurst to the east and Goring & Streatley to the west. The station is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway.

Pangbourne station is located close to the village centre, with main station buildings on the opposite side of the railway to the village. It has two platforms, one on each of the relief (slow) lines, whilst the fast lines pass behind the station. The platforms are linked to each other and the station entrance, on the up relief platform, by a pedestrian underpass.

Originally, the station also had platforms (the former 1 & 2) on the main (fast) lines; as such, the current Platforms 1 & 2 were Platforms 3 & 4 respectively. Some signs of their previous existence are still visible adjacent to (the current) Platform 1. A consequence of their removal is that when the relief lines are closed for engineering work, local stopping services cannot call at Pangbourne, and a replacement bus service is required.


The station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway, which was opened in stages: the portion between Reading and Steventon opened on 1 June 1840, and Pangbourne was the first station out of Reading.[1][2]


Pangbourne station is mostly served by stopping services run by Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway. On weekdays, additional services between Reading and Oxford run in the morning and evening peak times. Services run every 30 minutes in each direction Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays. Typical journey times are approximately 20 minutes to Didcot Parkway, 35 minutes to Oxford, 10 minutes to Reading, and approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to London Paddington.[3] Most services are run using Class 387 Electrostar trains in 8 coach formation. Due to short platforms, it used to only be possible to unlock the front 7 coaches, however thanks to a platform extension in 2019, all 8 coaches now have full access to the station.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Goring & Streatley   Great Western Railway
Commuter services
Great Western Main Line


  1. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. p. 102.
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 180. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 June 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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