Woburn Sands railway station

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Woburn Sands National Rail
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Woburn Sands in 2009, looking east, showing the condition of the track through the station.
Location
PlaceWoburn Sands
Local authorityMilton Keynes
Coordinates52°01′05″N 0°39′14″W / 52.018°N 0.654°W / 52.018; -0.654Coordinates: 52°01′05″N 0°39′14″W / 52.018°N 0.654°W / 52.018; -0.654
Grid referenceSP924363
Operations
Station codeWOB
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 42,828
2014/15Decrease 42,408
2015/16Increase 44,674
2016/17Decrease 38,942
2017/18Increase 46,606
History
30 November 1905[1]Opened
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 Woburn Sands from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Woburn Sands railway station serves the villages of Woburn Sands and Wavendon in the borough of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England. The station is on the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley, about 4 miles (6.5 km) east of Bletchley station. The station is served by local trains to Bletchley and Bedford using Class 150/1 and Class 153 diesel multiple units operated by London Northwestern Railway.

Station building and signal box[edit]

Woburn's cottage-type station building, in an 1852 illustration

Woburn Sands has a black and white "cottage" station building, one of four of the same design that are unique to this line. Two of the others remain at Fenny Stratford and Milbrook. The building is in a half-timbered Gothic Revival style that had been insisted upon by the 7th Duke of Bedford for stations close to the Woburn Estate. It is Grade II listed.[2] It opened with the line in 1846;[1] between 1871 and July 1967 had a sizeable goods yard serving various local businesses (including a brick factory and gas works).[1]

In August 2004, Woburn Sands lost its Victorian signal box to the development and modernisation of the route.[1] Until 2004 the line was controlled by staffed signal boxes located at various stations; but the entire line is now controlled from one signalling centre at Ridgmont.

Services[edit]

At present an hourly service operates each way, operated by either a Class 150, Class 153 or Class 230 DMU. There is no service on a Sunday.[3]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
London Northwestern Railway
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Future Services  
Bletchley   East West Rail
Oxford-Cambridge
  Ridgmont

Community Rail Partnership[edit]

Woburn Sands station, in common with others on the Marston Vale line, is covered by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership,[4] which aims to increase use of the line by involving local people.

Location[edit]

Woburn Sands railway station is located in Milton Keynes
Woburn Sands railway station
Woburn Sands station zoom in
Mapping © OpenStreetMap contributors

The station is on Station Road, about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the town centre. The nearest post-code is MK17 8UD.[5] In the chainage notation traditionally used on the railway, it is 4 mileschains (4.05 mi; 6.52 km) from Bletchley station on the line to Bedford.[6]

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