Pangbourne railway station
Pangbourne railway station serves the village of Pangbourne in the county of Berkshire, and across the River Thames the village of Whitchurch-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire. It is 41 miles 43 chains (66.8 km) down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Tilehurst to the east and Goring & Streatley to the west. The station is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway.
Station buildings from access road
|Local authority||District of West Berkshire|
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|1 June 1840||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pangbourne from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Pangbourne station is located close to the village centre, with main station buildings on the opposite side of the railway to the village. It has two platforms, one on each of the relief (slow) lines, whilst the fast lines pass behind the station. The platforms are linked to each other and the station entrance, on the up relief platform, by a pedestrian underpass.
Originally, the station also had platforms (the former 1 & 2) on the main (fast) lines; as such, the current Platforms 1 & 2 were Platforms 3 & 4 respectively. Some signs of their previous existence are still visible adjacent to (the current) Platform 1. A consequence of their removal is that when the relief lines are closed for engineering work, local stopping services cannot call at Pangbourne, and a replacement bus service is required.
The station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway, which was opened in stages: the portion between Reading and Steventon opened on 1 June 1840, and Pangbourne was the first station out of Reading.
Pangbourne station is mostly served by stopping services run by Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway. On weekdays, additional services between Reading and Oxford run in the morning and evening peak times. Services run every 30 minutes in each direction Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays. Typical journey times are approximately 20 minutes to Didcot Parkway, 35 minutes to Oxford, 10 minutes to Reading, and approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to London Paddington. Most services are run using Class 387 Electrostar trains in 8 coach formation but due to the short platforms, it is only possible to unlock the front 7 coaches.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Goring & Streatley||Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
- MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, vol. I: 1833-1863. Paddington: Great Western Railway. p. 102.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 180. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.