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Kemble railway station

Looking towards Swindon
Place Kemble
Local authority Gloucestershire
Grid reference
Station code KEM
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   0.195 million
2004/05 0.223 million
2005/06 0.237 million
2006/07 0.261 million
2007/08 0.287 million
2008/09 0.309 million
2009/10 0.317 million
2010/11 0.341 million
2011/12 0.357 million
2012/13 0.356 million
2013/14 0.341 million
Original company Great Western Railway
1882 Opened
1964 Tetbury branch closed
1964 Cirencester branch closed
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kemble from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Kemble railway station is a railway station that serves the village of Kemble in Gloucestershire, England. The station is on the Swindon to Gloucester "Golden Valley" line. Despite its rural location, Kemble station has a high number of passengers, due mainly to the proximity of Cirencester.


  • History 1
  • Description 2
  • Services 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The station was opened by the Great Western Railway (GWR) as an exchange station on 12 May 1845 with the line opening from Swindon to Gloucester. Only on 1 May 1882 did it become a public station replacing the nearby Tetbury Road.[1] Until the 1960s the station was a junction, with branch lines to Cirencester Town and Tetbury. Both the Tetbury branch line and the Cirencester Branch Line were closed to traffic under The Reshaping of British Railways, the first day without service being 6 April 1964.

Diesel-hauled Up stopping train in 1962
Diesel and steam in 1962

British Rail reduced the line to Swindon to single track in 1968 but the second track was reinstated in 2014 (see Golden Valley Line).


The former Cirencester platform at Kemble, June 2009

The station has two platforms in use. The former Tetbury bound platform remains but the track has been lifted. The building on the down platform (no. 2) has been out of use for several years, containing toilets and a waiting room, which are still in situ. On the former Cirencester platform, a short stub of track remains for the occasional stabling of track machines. This ends at a buffer stop just before the station car park. In 2013, Cotswold District Council refused an application by Network Rail to demolish part of the Grade II listed Cirencester bay platform in connection with the redoubling of the line from Swindon.[2] According to the Council, the platform was still in a good state of repair and any public benefit from the demolition would not outweigh the damage that would be caused to the historical significance of the station.[2] The station has a ticket office and a small café.


Great Western Railway operates services from London Paddington to Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa using HST trains and local services from Swindon to Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa using the Great Western Railway Class 143, Class 150, Class 153 and Class 158 trains.

Kemble station is served on a Monday to Friday by:

Making an off peak service of one train every two hours to London, with trains to Swindon, Cheltenham and Gloucester every hour. The station is occasionally served by Cardiff Central / Swansea services diverted during engineering works.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stroud   Great Western Railway
London Paddington - Cheltenham Spa
  Great Western Railway
Cheltenham Spa - Swindon
Historical railways
Tetbury Road
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway
  Minety and Ashton Keynes
Line open, station closed
Terminus     Oaksey Halt
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Park Leaze Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Cirencester Branch Line
Jackament's Bridge Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Tetbury branch line


  1. ^ Quick, Michael (2009). Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain. p. 229. 
  2. ^ a b Milner, Chris (August 2013). "Platform demolition refused".  

External links

  • History of the line
  • Gloucestershire Transport
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