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Stonehouse railway station

Stonehouse
Location
Place Stonehouse
Local authority Stroud (district)
Coordinates
Grid reference
Operations
Station code SHU
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 66,402
2004/05 70,399
2005/06 78,901
2006/07 88,917
2007/08 92,735
2008/09 108,808
2009/10 110,544
2010/11 129,498
2011/12 136,556
2012/13 146,856
2013/14 140,848
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stonehouse from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Stonehouse railway station is a railway station that serves the town of Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, England. The station is located on the Swindon-Gloucester "Golden Valley" line.

Contents

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

History

A 1909 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Stonehouse, shown here as G.W. STA.

The station was formerly called Stonehouse Burdett Road to distinguish it from a second station, Stonehouse (Bristol Road), on the line between Bristol and Gloucester. Stonehouse Bristol Road closed to passengers under the Beeching Axe in 1965 and to goods traffic the following year.

Description

The station has two platforms, and is operated by Great Western Railway. The station has a ticket office, located on the Gloucester-bound platform; it is normally only open in the mornings, until the end of the peak period.

The platforms are short: only about 55 yards (50 m) each. This is long enough to accommodate the two-coach trains used on SwindonCheltenham Spa local services; but trains running to or from London or Worcester may be up to eight coaches. Since long trains cannot be accommodated entirely, such trains running towards Gloucester normally stop with the front two coaches in the platform, and those running toward London normally stop with the rear two in the platform. Passengers intending to alight at Stonehouse are advised earlier in their journeys to proceed along the train to the relevant coaches.[1] Since trains from Cheltenham almost always reverse at Gloucester, this can lead to confusion for cyclists as to which end of the train in which to load their bicycles.[2]

Services

Great Western Railway operate services from London Paddington to Gloucester and Cheltenham using HST trains, and local services from Swindon to Gloucester and Cheltenham using the former Wessex Trains Class 150 two carriage sets.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stroud   Great Western Railway
London/Swindon - Cheltenham
  Gloucester
Stroud   Great Western Railway
Cheltenham-Westbury
  Gloucester
Historical railways
Ebley Crossing Halt
Station closed
  Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway
Great Western Railway
  Gloucester

References

  1. ^ "Short platform stopping changes for High Speed Trains". First Great Western. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Cycling by train" (PDF). First Great Western. 9 December 2007. pp. 3–5. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 

External links

  • Old photos of Stonehouse Burdett Road Station - Stonehouse History Group
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