Wargrave railway station
|Location||Wargrave, Wokingham (district)|
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Classification||DfT category F2|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
|1 October 1900||Station opened|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
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 1 mile 67 chains (3.0 km) down the line from Twyford and 32 miles 68 chains (52.9 km) measured from London Paddington.
The station has a single platform, which is used by trains in both directions and is long enough to accommodate a four coach train. There is a 30 space car park, but no station building other than a simple shelter. The station is unmanned, and tickets must be purchased on the train.
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, there was a goods yard with a few sidings and a 6 ton crane.
The station was host to a GWR camp coach from 1936 to 1939. 1937 was a particularly busy year as some eight berth camp coaches were positioned here to provide accommodation for parties wishing to witness the coronation. These coaches were let at twice the normal hire rate for the week. A camping coach was also positioned here by the Western Region from 1953 to 1964.
The line was singled again in June 1961, rendering the second platform and footbridge redundant. The station retained its Great Western Railway building until 1988 when British Rail demolished it on the grounds that it was unsafe.
In normal service, there is a regular service between Henley-on-Thames station and Twyford station. During the morning and evening peak hours, all trains call at Wargrave. However, off-peak, only every alternate service calls at Wargrave in each direction. On weekdays, trains operate every 45 mins in the morning and evening peak, reducing to hourly during the day. On weekends, trains operate hourly throughout the day. 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.
During the Henley Royal Regatta, held every July, a special timetable is operated with additional trains. During this period, the service pattern for Wargrave is subject to change.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Twyford||Great Western Railway
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