Shiplake railway station

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Shiplake National Rail
Shiplake railway station (Geograph-3473403-by-Tim-Glover).jpg
Place Shiplake
Local authority South Oxfordshire
Coordinates 51°30′40″N 0°52′59″W / 51.511°N 0.883°W / 51.511; -0.883Coordinates: 51°30′40″N 0°52′59″W / 51.511°N 0.883°W / 51.511; -0.883
Grid reference SU776797
Station code SHI
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 86,932
2012/13 Increase 93,466
2013/14 Decrease 89,240
2014/15 Increase 92,580
2015/16 Decrease 91,314
Key dates Opened 1 June 1857 (1 June 1857)
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
1 June 1857 Twyford to Henley-on-Thames branch opened
1 June 1857 Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Shiplake from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Shiplake railway station is a railway station in the village of Shiplake in Oxfordshire, England. The station is on the Henley-on-Thames branch line that links the towns of Henley-on-Thames and Twyford. It is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway.[1]

The station has a single platform, which is used by trains in both directions. There is a 50-space car park, but no station building other than a simple shelter. The station is unmanned, and tickets must purchased on the train.[1]


In normal service, there is a regular service between Henley-on-Thames station and Twyford station, with all trains calling at Shiplake. Trains operate every 45 minutes on weekdays, and every hour on weekends. During the morning and evening rush hours some services run through to/from London Paddington station, whilst a few off-peak trains run through to/from Reading station. At other times, passengers for Paddington and Reading must change at Twyford.[2]

During the Henley Royal Regatta, held every July, a special timetable is operated with additional trains. During the period of the regatta, not all trains stop at Shiplake.[3]

Although the off-peak services use 2 coach trains and the peak time services to and from Paddington are usually no longer than 6 coaches, the platform at Shiplake has to be long enough to accommodate the longer trains used for the Regatta.[citation needed] The platform itself can hold 7 coaches[4] and has a '7 Car Stop' sign at the south end.[citation needed] There is also a 10 car stop sign a few metres off the end of the south end of the platform, should 10 car trains ever be used, which is rare.[citation needed]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Wargrave   Great Western Railway
Henley-on-Thames branch

Level crossing[edit]

There is a level crossing north of the station that, despite being well signalled, has been the site of a numerous accidents and near misses over the years.[5][6] The crossing had no barriers until March 2013, when Network Rail had automatic half-barriers installed.[7]

In October 2014, safety cameras described by locals as 'looking like robots' were controversially installed to monitor the crossing.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Shiplake (SHI)". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Twyford to Henley-on-Thames" (PDF). First Great Western. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Henley Royal Regatta". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Yonge, John; Padgett, David (August 2010) [1989]. Bridge, Mike, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 3: Western (5th ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 3A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-6-7. 
  5. ^ "Shiplake crossing crash driver leaves hospital". Reading Post. Trinity Mirror. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Millward, David (23 November 2011). "Safety calls at Shiplake railway crossing". Reading Post. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "New technology helps install half barriers at Shiplake level crossing". Network Rail. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
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