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Hungerford railway station

Place  Hungerford
Station code  HGD
DfT category  F1
Opened  1847
Local authority  West Berkshire
Grid reference  SU340685
Managed by  Great Western Railway
2011/12  0.293 million
Number of platforms  2
Hungerford railway station
Address  North Wessex Downs AONB, Hungerford RG17 0DD, United Kingdom
Similar  Kintbury railway station, Aldermaston railway station, Thatcham railway station, Goldwell Park, Donnington Castle

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Hungerford railway station is a railway station in the town of Hungerford, Berkshire, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Great Western Railway.

History

The Great Western Railway opened the station in 1847 as a temporary terminus of the Berks and Hants Line which started at Reading. In 1862 the Berks and Hants was extended to Patney and Chirton. It eventually reached Taunton on 2 April 1906 to allow the running of express trains from London Paddington through to the south west without taking the longer route through Bristol. The station ceased to deal with goods traffic in 1970 and became an unstaffed halt with subsequent demolition of the station buildings (except the 1902 footbridge over the lines) in 1971. The footbridge was replaced by the current modern structure in 1999. A freight train crashed on 10 November 1971 partially demolishing the GWR signal box, which was then replaced by a modern wooden flat roofed signal box which served until the end of semaphore signalling and the introduction of colour light signals on 17 July 1978.

Service history

The station remained part of the Great Western Railway until the nationalisation of the railways in 1948. After the sectorisation of British Rail in 1982 the station became part of Network South East. Services were provided by Thames Trains from 1996 and from 2004 by First Great Western Link.

Current layout

Hungerford station consists of two platforms either side of the mainline tracks. There is a level crossing at the western end of the station. One mile East of the station there is a passing loop on the up line which is mainly used by freight trains but can also be used by passenger trains. The current timetable does not call for passenger trains to use the loop but it is common for special charter trains to do so.

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Hungerford station is on the eastern side of the town. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs to the north of the station, parallel with the line.

Services

The station is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Bedwyn via Reading (some early morning & evening trains start or finish at Reading). It is also served by semi-fast Great Western Railway trains between London and Exeter St Davids using InterCity 125 trains.

The services are summarised as follows:

References

Hungerford railway station Wikipedia


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