Wembley Stadium railway station
Station platform with White Horse Bridge above
|Local authority||London Borough of Brent|
|Managed by||Chiltern Railways|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 March 1906||opened as Wembley Hill|
|8 May 1978||renamed Wembley Complex|
|11 May 1987||renamed Wembley Stadium|
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Wembley Stadium railway station is a Network Rail station in Wembley Park, Wembley, Greater London on the Chiltern Main Line. It is the nearest station to Wembley Stadium, and is located a quarter of a mile (400m) south west of the sports venue.
First Wembley Stadium station
The first station to bear the name Wembley Stadium, at (LNER on 28 April 1923 as The Exhibition Station (Wembley). It had one platform, and was situated on a loop which forked off the Chiltern Main Line between Neasden Junction and Wembley Hill station (now Wembley Stadium station, see below); it then curved round in a clockwise direction to regain the Chiltern Main Line at a point slightly closer to Neasden Junction. The connections faced London to allow an intensive service with no reversing. It was renamed several times to become Wembley Stadium Station in 1928. The station was last used on 18 May 1968 for the 1968 FA Cup Final between Everton v West Bromwich Albion. and was officially closed on 1 September 1969. Traces of the line can be seen on maps and in aerial photographs. The line was normally used only for passenger services for events at the stadium or the Empire Pool within the estate built for the 1924 British Empire Exhibition. Temporary sidings led into the "Palace of Engineering" exhibition hall where both the Great Western Railway's locomotive Caerphilly Castle and the London and North Eastern Railway's Flying Scotsman were displayed with each claimed by its owners as the most powerful passenger locomotive in Britain.), about half a mile ENE of the present station, was opened by the
On 20 November 1905 the Great Central Railway opened a new route for freight trains between Neasden Junction and Northolt Junction. Passenger services from Marylebone began on 1 March 1906, when three new stations were opened: Wembley Hill, Sudbury & Harrow Road and South Harrow. On 2 April 1906 these services were extended to Northolt Junction.
Wembley Hill station was renamed Wembley Complex on 8 May 1978 in order to indicate its proximity to the nearby sports facilities, as well as to a recently opened conference centre, before getting its present name Wembley Stadium on 11 May 1987. There were originally four tracks with the two platforms on passing loops outside the inner non-stop running lines; the current two-track layout dates from the 1960s. The 4 tracks were closed for a week by a 200 yards (180 m) landslide in a cutting near the station from 18 February 1918.
The typical off-peak service is:
- 2 trains per hour to London Marylebone
- 2 trains per hour to Gerrards Cross, one of which continues to High Wycombe
The service to central London is quicker than from other stations in the area. Trains can reach London Marylebone non-stop in ten minutes.
During busier periods (usually due to an event at the stadium) a seven carriage shuttle operates between Marylebone and Wembley Stadium using the turnback siding just west of the station to enable trains to quickly turn around to go back to London. There will be an enhanced northbound service too, with trains travelling to Banbury, Birmingham and beyond making additional calls at the station.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Sudbury & Harrow Road
Northolt Park on
Saturdays and Sundays
The proposed West London Orbital would call at this station. This addition to London Overground would run between Brent Cross and Surbiton. The railway is still at the proposal stage and is neither approved nor funded.
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