Stonehouse railway station

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Stonehouse National Rail
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Location
PlaceStonehouse
Local authorityStroud (district)
Coordinates51°44′46″N 2°16′48″W / 51.746°N 2.280°W / 51.746; -2.280Coordinates: 51°44′46″N 2°16′48″W / 51.746°N 2.280°W / 51.746; -2.280
Grid referenceSO808052
Operations
Station codeSHU
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13Increase 0.147 million
2013/14Decrease 0.141 million
2014/15Increase 0.148 million
2015/16Increase 0.149 million
2016/17Increase 0.152 million
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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 Stonehouse from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Stonehouse railway station is a railway station that serves the town of Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, England. The station is located on the Swindon-Gloucester "Golden Valley" line.

History[edit]

A 1909 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Stonehouse, shown here as G.W. STA.

The station was formerly called Stonehouse Burdett Road to distinguish it from a second station, Stonehouse (Bristol Road), on the line between Bristol and Gloucester. Stonehouse Bristol Road closed to passengers under the Beeching Axe in 1965 and to goods traffic the following year.

Description[edit]

The station has two platforms, and is operated by Great Western Railway. The station has a ticket office, located on the Gloucester-bound platform; it is normally only open in the mornings, until the end of the peak period.

The platforms are short: only about 55 yards (50 m) each. This is long enough to accommodate the two-coach trains used on SwindonCheltenham Spa local services; but high speed trains running to or from London or Cheltenham Spa may be up to eight coaches. Since long trains cannot be accommodated entirely, such trains running towards Gloucester normally stop with the front two coaches in the platform, and those running toward London normally stop with the rear two in the platform. Passengers intending to alight at Stonehouse are advised earlier in their journeys to proceed along the train to the relevant coaches.[1] Since trains from Cheltenham almost always reverse at Gloucester, this can lead to confusion for cyclists as to which end of the train in which to load their bicycles.[2]

Station Upgrade[edit]

In December 2017 the station completed a £300,000 upgrade. The work included ground levelling, improved access and a new foot bridge.[3] Further improvements are taking place in Spring 2018, with the current short platforms each being extended by nearly 100m.[4][5] The changes allow for the introduction of British Rail Class 166 DMU (Diesel Multiple Units).

Services[edit]

Great Western Railway operate services from London Paddington to Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa using HST trains, and local services from Swindon to Gloucester and Cheltenham using the former Wessex Trains Class 150 two carriage sets. Trains call hourly in each direction Mon-Sat and also on Sundays (though with some two hour gaps).[6] As of August 2018, GWR started operating distance services between London Cheltenham Spa using its expanding fleet of Class 800 trains, which are increasingly replacing HSTs on Great Western Railway services.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Gloucester   Great Western Railway
London/Swindon - Cheltenham
  Stroud
  Great Western Railway
Cheltenham-Westbury
 
  Historical railways  
Gloucester
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway
  Ebley Crossing Halt
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Short platform stopping changes for High Speed Trains". First Great Western. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Cycling by train" (PDF). First Great Western. 9 December 2007. pp. 3–5. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Over £300,000 station improvements completed at Stonehouse". Stroud News and Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Stonehouse Station Update" (PDF). Stonehousetowncouncil.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Plans to bring 'vital investment' to district by extending platform at Stonehouse rail station met with approval". Stroud News and Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  6. ^ Table 125 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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