Hanborough railway station
Hanborough railway station is a railway station in the village of Long Hanborough in Oxfordshire, England, serving the village and surrounding district. As a result of the Cotswold Line being singled the former up platform is the only one now in use for both up and down trains. It is served by Great Western Railway trains between London Paddington and Worcester Shrub Hill. It is also the nearest station to the towns of Woodstock and Witney.
|Local authority||West Oxfordshire|
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 4 June 1853|
|Original company||Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hanborough from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
There is a passenger-operated ticket machine (card payments only; not cash) at the entrance to the station platform.
The station has two car parks, which between them provide 241 car spaces. However, on most weekdays the number of passengers parking at Hanborough exceeds the number of spaces available.
The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway opened the station on 4 June 1853, and it was originally named Handborough. Between 1854 and 1861 it served as a junction for Oxford-bound passengers changing from through trains between Worcester and London Euston, for whom a refreshment room was provided.
On 30 January 1965, by which time the station boards read "Handborough for Blenheim", it was the destination for the funeral train of Sir Winston Churchill hauled by Battle of Britain class locomotive No. 34051 Winston Churchill. In his commentary on the funeral for BBC television, Richard Dimbleby said the report The Reshaping of British Railways had scheduled the station for closure.
On 28 September 1992 the station was renamed Hanborough.
Toward the end of the 1990s the number of passengers slowly increased, until reaching an estimated total of almost 63,000 in 1999–2000.
Passenger numbers fluctuated until 2005–06, when the Office of the Rail Regulator estimated that the total number for that year was just above 70,000. The number of passengers increased rapidly to 2015-16 was more than 271,000, but has since fallen to 232,000 following the opening of Oxford Parkway.
More than 250 passengers a day come by car, but the original car park had only 50 spaces and by 2011 it had been overwhelmed. In August 2011 First Great Western and a house-building company jointly proposed a new development on a green field site next to the station that would provide new homes and a new 191-space car park. This was officially opened in July 2013, by which time it was already more than half-full each weekday. In November 2014 the Cotswold Line Promotion Group found 204 vehicles parked in the 191-space second car park and reported that it "was being used beyond capacity on most weekdays".
Plans were announced to increase services from Hanborough Station, by Great Western Railway. A launch event was held in Witney, at which GWR's managing director Mark Hopwood said that the investment needed was £275 million. Double tracking would be reinstated between North Oxford and Long Hanborough and two disused platforms reopened. The local constituency MP and Prime Minister David Cameron told delegates at the meeting " am utterly convinced of the necessity of investing in this line. I will do everything I can to give this vision a boost"
A new ticket office was officially opened in August 2019 as part of a £315,000 investment in the station. This will be open on weekdays.
Great Western Railway operate all services at Hanborough. The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
- 1 tph to London Paddington
- 1 tph to Worcester Foregate Street with some continuing to Great Malvern and Hereford
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Combe (Limited Service) or
|Great Western Railway
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