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Woburn Sands railway station

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.

Woburn Sands National Rail
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Woburn Sands in 2009, looking east, showing the condition of the track through the station.
Location
Place Woburn Sands
Local authority Milton Keynes
Coordinates 52°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 reference SP924363
Operations
Station code WOB
Managed by London Northwestern Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 40,466
2013/14 Increase 42,828
2014/15 Decrease 42,408
2015/16 Increase 44,674
2016/17 Decrease 38,942
History
30 November 1905[1] Opened
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* 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.
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Station building and signal boxEdit

 
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.

ServicesEdit

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

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

Community Rail PartnershipEdit

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.

LocationEdit

 
 
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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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