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Fenny Stratford railway station

Fenny Stratford
Location
Place Fenny Stratford
Local authority Milton Keynes
Coordinates
Grid reference
Operations
Station code FEN
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  19,864
2004/05 18,507
2005/06 18,683
2006/07 16,734
2007/08 18,418
2008/09 17,676
2009/10 15,580
2010/11 17,344
2011/12 21,308
2012/13 21,268
2013/14 26,424
History
17 November 1846 Opened
22 May 1967 Goods services withdrawn
15 July 1968 Became unstaffed[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Fenny Stratford from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Fenny Stratford is a railway station that serves the Fenny Stratford area of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. It is on the Marston Vale Line that links Bletchley and Bedford.

This station is one of five serving Milton Keynes. The others are Wolverton, Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley and Bow Brickhill.

Contents

  • Services 1
  • History 2
  • Marston Vale line 3
  • References 4
  • Sources 5
  • External links 6

Services

The station is served by London Midland Bletchley — Bedford local services. Services are run with Class 153 single car diesel multiple unit and 2-car class 150 unit.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
London Midland
Mondays-Saturdays only

History

Opened in 1846 by the Bedford Railway, Fenny Stratford station is just over 1 mile (1.6 km) from Bletchley station. The station buildings are 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. The buildings are Grade II listed.[2] West of the station is Watling Street which was raised by some 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) to allow the railway to pass beneath; immediately west of the bridge are points connecting with a branch leading onto the freight-only Oxford line via the Bletchley flyover. The passenger line and station are protected here by trap points, but they are sited such that any runaway train caught by it would subsequently crash into the bridge.[3]

The station was originally built with staggered platforms, a wedge-shaped down platform being near the Simpson Road level crossing to the east. The platforms were rebuilt in 1948 so that they faced each other in the conventional side platform arrangement. One platform was taken out of service in the 1960s, as were a number of sidings. Fenny Stratford was reduced to an unstaffed halt in 1968, freight facilities having been withdrawn the previous year.

The signal box and station in 1991

All that now remains is one platform and an area of wasteland east of the station before Simpson Road crossing which was controlled by a signal box that was taken out of service in 2004. There was an accident here on 7 December 1925 at 8.43 pm when a bus crashed through the closed crossing gates and collided with the 6.30 pm train from Cambridge to Bletchley. Six people in the bus, including the driver, were killed instantly, and four others were seriously injured. The train, however, was undamaged.[3]

Marston Vale line

Fenny Stratford 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.

References

  1. ^ Clinker, C.R. (1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830-1977. Bristol: Avon-AngliA Publications & Services. p. 160.  
  2. ^ English Heritage Grade II listed building status Retrieved 2009-10-19
  3. ^ a b Simpson 1981, p. 29.
  4. ^ Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership

Sources

  • Simpson, Bill (1981). Oxford to Cambridge Railway 2. Poole: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 29.  

External links

  • Train times and station information for Fenny Stratford railway station from National Rail
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