Bourne End railway station

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Bourne End National Rail
Bourne End railway station 1.jpg
A First Great Western Class 165 DMU arrives from Maidenhead. The driver will now change ends to continue to Marlow.
Place Bourne End
Local authority Wycombe district
Grid reference SU894872
Station code BNE
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*
2012/13 Increase 0.250 million
– Interchange  Increase 61,995
2013/14 Increase 0.252 million
– Interchange  Decrease 58,269
2014/15 Decrease 0.245 million
– Interchange  Increase 61,208
2015/16 Increase 0.251 million
– Interchange  Increase 84,821
2016/17 Increase 0.257 million
– Interchange  Increase 87,907
Key dates Opened 1 August 1854 (1 August 1854)
Original company Wycombe Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping GWR
1873 Marlow branch opened
May 1970 line to High Wycombe closed
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bourne End from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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View SW, towards Marlow and Maidenhead in 1959

Bourne End railway station serves Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, England. It is on the Marlow Branch Line between Maidenhead and Marlow, 4 miles 36 chains (7.2 km) down the line from Maidenhead and 28 miles 55 chains (46.2 km) measured from London Paddington.

Services are provided by Great Western Railway. The ticket office is open on weekday and Saturday mornings. There is a customer car park south of the station. The station has two platforms.


The station was originally named Marlow Road station. In 1874 Marlow Road station was renamed Bourne End to obviate confusion with the newly opened Marlow station.

The station was opened in 1854 as part of the Wycombe Railway Company line between Maidenhead Boyne Hill station and High Wycombe. To reach Bourne End, a wooden viaduct was built across Cockmarsh and a wooden bridge was built across the River Thames.

In 1873 a line linking Bourne End with Marlow was opened to the public, with 1700 tickets being sold in the first week. Originally the branch line was served by a third platform on the west side of the station.

The service on the branch line is known locally as the "Marlow Donkey", which is commemorated by a local pub of the same name, although the origin of the term is unclear.[1]

Partial closure

British Rail closed the line between Bourne End and High Wycombe in May 1970 but trains are still run between Maidenhead and Marlow. There was local opposition to the creation of a community rail partnership because of fears that this would isolate the line from the main railway network.


Bourne End is a terminus but effectively acts as a through station, with the driver having to change ends to continue to the next station. During peak hours service frequency is increased by having two trains work the line, each using Bourne End as the terminus: one runs Marlow – Bourne End and one Maidenhead – Bourne End, with passengers changing trains at Bourne End. Four trains per weekday operate between Bourne End and Paddington in the morning peak and coming back in the evening peak.

The basic daytime service runs hourly each way to Maidenhead & Marlow seven days a week, with the aforementioned additional peak extras operating Mon-Fri only.[2]


  1. ^ "The Story of the Marlow Donkey". (from Summer 2003 Newsletter). The Marlow Society. 22 April 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ Table 120 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links

  • Train times and station information for Bourne End railway station from National Rail
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Marlow   Great Western Railway
Marlow Branch Line
Disused railways
Wooburn Green   Wycombe Railway
Until 1970

Coordinates: 51°34′37″N 0°42′36″W / 51.577°N 0.710°W / 51.577; -0.710

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