Fenny Stratford
National Rail
General information
LocationFenny Stratford, Milton Keynes
England
Coordinates52°00′00″N 0°43′01″W / 52.000°N 0.717°W / 52.000; -0.717Coordinates: 52°00′00″N 0°43′01″W / 52.000°N 0.717°W / 52.000; -0.717
Grid referenceSP881342
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeFEN
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
17 November 1846[1]Opened
22 May 1967Goods services withdrawn
15 July 1968Became unstaffed[2]
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 24,974
2017/18Decrease 22,634
2018/19Increase 26,292
2019/20Increase 26,446
2020/21Decrease 2,668
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

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, about one mile (1.7 km) east of Bletchley railway station.

This station is one of seven serving the Milton Keynes urban area. The others are Wolverton, Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley, Bow Brickhill, Woburn Sands and Aspley Guise.

Services

The station is served by London Northwestern Railway's Bletchley – Bedford local services, calling hourly in each direction Mon-Sat (no Sunday service)[3] Services are run with Class 230 multiple units.

The station can be accessed from both Watling Street (via steps at Stag bridge) and Simpson Road (which is at grade), to the east and west of the station respectively,

Preceding station  
National Rail
  Following station
London Northwestern Railway
Mondays-Saturdays only

History

Opened in 1846 by the Bedford Railway,[1] Fenny Stratford station is just over 1 mile (1.6 km) from Bletchley. 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 now residential and Grade II listed.[4] 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 Stag bridge in the direction of Bletchley are points leading onto the disused freight-only railway line toward Oxford 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.[5]

The signal box and station in 1991
The signal box and station in 1991

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. As of March 2018, the station remains unstaffed. 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 now demolished signal box that was taken out of service in 2004.

Accidents and incidents

There was an accident here on 7 December 1925 at 8.43 pm when a bus crashed through the closed crossing gates on Simpson Road 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.[5]

Marston Vale line

Fenny Stratford station, in common with others on the Marston Vale Line, is covered by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership,[6] which aims to increase use of the line by involving local people and the train companies.

As of January 2016, the line through the station is single track (from Bletchley to just east of the A5, from whence it is double track until just short of Bedford St Johns).

Location

Stations in and around Milton Keynes
Roade
Salcey Forest
Castlethorpe
Olney
towards Bedford
Deanshanger
Old Stratford
Stony Stratford
Newport Pagnell
Wolverton Works
Great Linford
Wolverton
Bradwell
Woburn Sands
Bow Brickhill
Milton Keynes Central
Fenny Stratford
Denbigh Hall
Bletchley TMD
Bletchley
former Varsity Line /
planned East West Rail
to
Oxford
Bletchley Flyover
Leighton Buzzard

The station is on Watling Street near its junction with Aylesbury Street. The nearest post-code is MK2 2XE.[7] In the chainage notation traditionally used on the railway, it is 1 milechain (1.01 mi; 1.63 km) from Bletchley station on the line to Bedford.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b "Disused Stations - Fenny Stratford"Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 11 January 2017
  2. ^ 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. ISBN 0-905466-19-5.
  3. ^ Table 64 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  4. ^ English Heritage Grade II listed building status Retrieved 2009-10-19
  5. ^ a b Simpson 1981, p. 29.
  6. ^ Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership
  7. ^ Streetmap.co.uk
  8. ^ Engineer's Line References: Bletchley south junction to Bedford RailwayCodes.org

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