Culham railway station


Culham railway station
Culham National Rail
Culham
Location
Place Culham
Local authority South Oxfordshire
Grid reference SU529953
Operations
Station code CUM
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2002/03 *   35,185
2004/05 * increase 38,747
2005/06 * decrease 36,715
2006/07 * increase 45,156
2007/08 * increase 46,832
2008/09 * increase 60,032
2009/10 * decrease 55,226
History
Opened 1844 (1844)
History
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping GWR
Post-grouping GWR
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Culham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Culham railway station is a railway station serving the village of Culham in Oxfordshire. It is served by local train services provided by First Great Western.

The station is just off the A415 road, between the villages of Culham and Clifton Hampden.

The station is close to the site of RNAS Culham (HMS Hornbill), a World War II airfield. The former airfield is now the Culham Science Centre, an 80 hectares (200 acres) scientific research site and home to two nuclear fusion experiments JET and MAST. The START Nuclear Fusion Experiment was also conducted on the site until MAST succeeded it in 1999. This important scientific centre means the station creates a valid commuter service.[citation needed]

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History

The Great Western Railway opened the station on the Didcot – Oxford line as Abingdon Road on 12 June 1844. Its name was changed by the GWR to Culham, on 2 June 1856, on the opening of the branch from Abingdon Junction to Abingdon.

The original station building (no longer in railway use) is in the Tudor Revival architecture of Isambard Kingdom Brunel[1] and is a Grade II listed building.

The name Abingdon Road was later re-used for an entirely different station about 5.5 miles (9 km) to the north, Abingdon Road Halt, opened in 1908.

In some recent years passenger numbers using Culham have changed rapidly. The total increased 67% in the three years 2006–09, but then decreased slightly in 2010.[2]

Routes

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Appleford   First Great Western
Cherwell Valley Line
  Radley
Disused railways
Abingdon Junction   Great Western Railway
Cherwell Valley Line
  Appleford

References

  1. ^ Biddle, Gordon; Nock, O.S. (1983). The Railway Heritage of Britain. Michael Joseph. ISBN 0-7181-2355-7. 
  2. ^ Office of the Rail Regulator data: see infobox at head of article.

External links

Coordinates: 51°39′14″N 1°14′13″W / 51.654°N 1.237°W / 51.654; -1.237


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