Tilehurst railway station
Station buildings and footbridge
|Local authority||Borough of Reading|
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||4|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1882|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Tilehurst from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Tilehurst station is on the extreme northern edge of the suburb of Tilehurst, and at a much lower level than most of that suburb. The railway line and station occupy a strip of land between the A329 road and the River Thames, with the up relief platform on an embankment above the river bank.
The station has four platforms, one on each of the fast and relief (slow) lines, although the platforms on the fast lines see little use except during track works on the line between Reading and Didcot. The platforms are linked to each other and the station entrance, on the down fast platform, by a footbridge.
There is a waiting room in the middle platform which contains separate Ladies and Gents toilets. A small waiting room was built on the north platform, but although it looks old, it is of modern construction.
The Main Ticket Office on the south side is manned usually on weekday mornings but tickets can also be purchased from an automatic machine using Debit or Credit Cards only.
In 2013 the redundant Goods Shed was demolished to make way for a new footbridge. The line from Paddington to Wales has been scheduled to be electrified and the old footbridge does not have enough clearance for the electric wires to be hung underneath.
The new Footbridge was opened in early December 2013 and the old footbridge demolished the following week. The footbridge does not have lifts so disabled people still have to climb the stairs to the platforms in normal use.
Tilehurst station is served by stopping services run by Great Western Railway between Reading and Oxford (or in a few cases onward to Banbury). Most of these services start or continue as semi-fast services between Reading and London Paddington, and run twice per hour throughout most of the day, but only hourly on Sundays. Typical journey times are about 5 minutes to Reading, 35 minutes to Oxford, and just under one hour to Paddington.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Reading||Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
The railway at Tilehurst was mentioned in less than glowing terms by Jerome K. Jerome in chapter 16 of Three Men in a Boat: "The river becomes very lovely from a little above Reading. The railway rather spoils it near Tilehurst, but from Mapledurham up to Streatley it is glorious."
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