Woburn Sands
National Rail
Woburn Sands in 2020, looking west showing the double track and platforms 1 & 2
LocationWoburn Sands, Borough of Milton Keynes
England
Coordinates52°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 referenceSP924363
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeWOB
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
1846[1]Opened
Passengers
2015/16Increase 44,674
2016/17Decrease 38,942
2017/18Increase 46,606
2018/19Increase 51,606
2019/20Decrease 46,704
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Woburn Sands railway station serves the town of Woburn Sands and the village of 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 230 multiple units. This station is one of the seven stations serving the Milton Keynes urban area.[a]

Station building and signal box

Woburn Sands' cottage-type station building, in an 1852 illustration
Woburn Sands' 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.

Services

At present an hourly service operates each way, operated by a Class 230 DEMU. 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 Partnership

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.

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 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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