Wargrave railway station

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Wargrave National Rail
Wargrave-railway-station-geograph-4190769-by-Nigel-Thompson.jpg
Location
Place Wargrave
Local authority Wokingham (district)
Coordinates 51°29′53″N 0°52′37″W / 51.498°N 0.877°W / 51.498; -0.877Coordinates: 51°29′53″N 0°52′37″W / 51.498°N 0.877°W / 51.498; -0.877
Grid reference SU780783
Operations
Station code WGV
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   65,884
2004/05 Decrease 64,116
2005/06 Decrease 57,911
2006/07 Increase 61,166
2007/08 Increase 62,084
2008/09 Increase 64,880
2009/10 Increase 67,106
2010/11 Increase 78,180
2011/12 Increase 84,300
2012/13 Increase 91,298
2013/14 Increase 92,146
History
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping GWR
Post-grouping GWR
1 October 1900 (1900-10-01) Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wargrave from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Wargrave railway station is a railway station in the village of Wargrave in Berkshire, 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 First Great Western, and is a ten-minute walk from Wargrave High Street.[1]

The station has a single platform, which is used by trains in both directions and is long enough to accommodate a four coach train.[2] There is a 30 space car park, but no station building other than a simple shelter. The station is unmanned, and tickets must purchased on the train.[1]

History[edit]

When the Great Western Railway opened the Henley Branch Line on 1 June 1857, the only intermediate station was Shiplake.[3]

The Great Western Railway provided no station at Wargrave; apparently it considered Twyford station close enough. After many complaints from the villagers the GWR opened a station in 1900. At the time the line was double, so two platforms and a footbridge were provided. The line was singled again in June 1961, rendering the second platform and footbridge redundant.[citation needed]

The station retained its Great Western Railway building until 1988 when British Rail demolished it on the grounds that it was unsafe.[citation needed]

Service[edit]

In normal service, there is a regular service between Henley-on-Thames station and Twyford station, with all trains calling at Wargrave. 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.[4]

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 Wargrave.[5]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Twyford   First Great Western
Henley-on-Thames branch
  Shiplake

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wargrave (WGV)". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. p. 417. 
  4. ^ "Twyford to Henley-on-Thames" (PDF). First Great Western. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Henley Royal Regatta". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 

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