Theale railway station

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Theale National Rail
Theale station 165116.jpg
Location
PlaceTheale
Local authorityWest Berkshire
Coordinates51°25′59″N 1°04′30″W / 51.433°N 1.075°W / 51.433; -1.075Coordinates: 51°25′59″N 1°04′30″W / 51.433°N 1.075°W / 51.433; -1.075
Grid referenceSU644708
Operations
Station codeTHE
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.467 million
2014/15Increase 0.476 million
2015/16Increase 0.488 million
2016/17Increase 0.494 million
2017/18Decrease 0.482 million
History
Key datesOpened 21 December 1847 (21 December 1847)
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
National RailUK railway stations
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 Theale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Theale railway station serves the village of Theale, Berkshire, England. It is 41 miles 22 chains (66.43 km) measured from London Paddington.

The station is served by Great Western Railway local services between Reading and Newbury, limited semi-fast peak services between Bedwyn and London and a limited semi-fast service between London and Westbury, Taunton, Frome, Penzance and Exeter St Davids.[1]

History[edit]

The railway station was opened on 21 December 1847, on the first portion of what would become the Berks and Hants Line between Reading & Hungerford.[2]

Layout[edit]

Theale has three platforms, numbered 3, 1, 2 from north to south. The station originally had just 2, with a goods loop passing behind platform 1. As part of the Reading station upgrade project, the loop was upgraded to passenger standards and a new platform (numbered as 3) added in 2011.[3] Further work to upgrade facilities at the station were announced in 2013 by Network Rail and GWR (including new lifts, a new pedestrian entrance & accessible footbridge, extra car parking and a new ticket office), but the £2.9 million project has been delayed several times and is currently (summer 2016) running more than three years behind schedule.[4]

Eastbound trains use Platforms 1 and 3 and westbound trains use Platform 2. Generally, local trains stop at platform 1, the central island platform, with express trains passing through platform 3.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service is:

  • 2 tph to Reading
  • 1 tph to London Paddington
  • 2 tph to Newbury
  • 1 tph to Bedwyn


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Reading West   Great Western Railway
Reading to Plymouth Line
  Thatcham
Reading   Great Western Railway
Paddington to Bedwyn
Local services
Reading to Plymouth Line
  Thatcham
Reading West   Great Western Railway
Reading to Newbury
Local services
Reading to Plymouth Line
  Aldermaston

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table 116 & 135 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  2. ^ "Basingstoke Railway History in Maps". Christopher Tolley. 2001. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Praise from Network Rail - new Theale station platform"Crouch Waterfall news release; Retrieved 6 October 2016
  4. ^ "Frustration over delays to Theale station work" Herring, John Newbury Today news article 6 June 2016; Retrieved 6 October 2016

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