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Stoke Mandeville
National Rail
LocationStoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire
England
Coordinates51°47′17″N 0°47′02″W / 51.788°N 0.784°W / 51.788; -0.784Coordinates: 51°47′17″N 0°47′02″W / 51.788°N 0.784°W / 51.788; -0.784
Grid referenceSP839106
Managed byChiltern Railways
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeSKM
ClassificationDfT category E
History
Original companyMetropolitan Railway
Pre-groupingMetropolitan and Great Central Joint Railway
Post-groupingMetropolitan and Great Central Joint Railway
Key dates
1 September 1892 (1892-09-01)Station opened
Passengers
2016/17Increase 0.318 million
2017/18Decrease 0.314 million
2018/19Increase 0.318 million
2019/20Decrease 0.302 million
2020/21Decrease 58,682
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Stoke Mandeville railway station serves the village of Stoke Mandeville, south of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England. The station is on the London - Aylesbury line and is served by Chiltern Railways trains. It is between Wendover and Aylesbury stations.

Both station platforms have step-free access.

History

The station was opened on 1 September 1892, by the Metropolitan Railway (Met), when its main line was extended from Chalfont Road to Aylesbury Town. The Great Central Railway served the station from 1899, connecting the station to Leicester, Nottingham, and Sheffield.

When London Underground's Metropolitan line (the successor of the Met) was fully electrified in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a decision was made to run only as far as Amersham. This meant that Stoke Mandeville was henceforth now only served by main line services; following the end of steam-hauled Metropolitan line trains in 1961 the service was provided by British Rail Class 115 diesel multiple units until 1992 (which were then replaced by the line's current rolling stock which, at this station, mainly consists of Class 165 and Class 168 rolling stock). Responsibility for the station (and the railway north of Amersham to Aylesbury) was transferred from London Transport to British Railways on 11 September 1961;[1] British Railways signage gradually replaced that of the London Underground.

In 1966 as a result of the Reshaping of British Railways report, the line north of Aylesbury was closed and the station is now only served by local commuter services. Services were run by British Rail until privatisation in 1996, when Chiltern Railways took over the franchise.

During the modernisation of the Met in the 1950s, the down (Aylesbury) platform buildings were demolished. In 1989-90 BR's Network SouthEast refurbished the station and the "up" (London) platform canopy was shortened slightly.

The lawn at the station front features several sculptures including a statue of a former employee.

Services

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in and around Stoke Mandeville
A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in and around Stoke Mandeville

At peak times there are up to 4 trains per hour to London in the morning, and from London (to Aylesbury) in the evening. Some are express services, which omit the stops shared with the Metropolitan line nearer to London.

Journeys to Marylebone take about 55 minutes or 45 minutes for express trains, of which there is one per day. Journeys to Aylesbury take about 5 minutes.

The off-peak service pattern is as follows:

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Aylesbury   Chiltern Railways
London to Aylesbury Line
  Wendover
Disused railways
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Terminus
Metropolitan line
towards Baker Street or Aldgate

Onward connections

For Stoke Mandeville Hospital, rail passengers should alight at Aylesbury and take the Red Route 9 or No 300 (Aylesbury to High Wycombe) bus from Aylesbury Bus Station which is located 300yds from the railway station at Aylesbury.

Buses run by Arriva Shires & Essex link Stoke Mandeville station with Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard.

References

  1. ^ The Railway Magazine, August 2013 edition (page 47), ISSN 0033-8923