West Wycombe railway station

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West Wycombe
Place West Wycombe
Area District of Wycombe
Grid reference SU838945
Original company Wycombe Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway
Post-grouping Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway
Platforms 2
1 August 1862 Line opens from High Wycombe to Thame
1862 Station Opened
3 November 1958 Station Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

West Wycombe railway station was a railway station that served the village of West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire Situated about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of the village the station opened in 1862 and closed in 1958. Minutes of the Wycombe Railway state that construction of West Wycombe station in 1862 cost £430 8s 8d, equivalent to £36,824 in 2016, with additional general works at £417 8s 8d, equivalent to £35,711 in 2016.[1] In the late 1980s, the then operator of the Chiltern Lines Network SouthEast suggested reopening West Wycombe station in order to ease the peak hour congestion at the main High Wycombe station. However, no detailed plans were ever published, and there has been no further suggestion of reopening the station by the current operator, the Arriva owned Chiltern Railway. Chiltern Railway has invested heavily in both infrastructure and rolling stock for the Chiltern group of lines.


West Wycombe original station was an intermediate station on the Wycombe Railway and opened on 1 August 1862. The station was provided with a single platform and a station building of typical Wycombe Railway design which was repeated exactly at Princes Risborough and Wheatley, although other stations Cookham, Marlow Road, Wooburn Green, Loudwater and Bledlow had the same design with an additional crossing keeper's house attached.

West Wycombe station was rebuilt in 1906 and provided with a new two platform station. There are a number of photographs of both the original Wycombe railway stations taken by SWA Newton.[2]

The Wycombe Railway had reached High Wycombe (then known simply as Wycombe) on 1 August 1854; on 1 August 1862, it was extended to Thame.[3] The line between High Wycombe and Princes Risborough was upgraded, doubled and transferred to the new Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway, the improved line coming into use on 2 April 1906.[4]

Passenger services were withdrawn from West Wycombe on 3 November 1958.[5] The line remains active, and plans for reopening the station have been discussed. A reopened station would serve the extensive western suburbs of High Wycombe.[citation needed]

This station has now been demolished and now has a coach car park and flats built on some of the land.


A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of West Wycombe
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
  High Wycombe
Line and station open


  1. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.transportarchive.org.uk/getobject.php?rnum=L1429&searchitem=west%20wycombe&mtv=L1&pnum=1
  3. ^ MacDermot, vol. I part I, p.438
  4. ^ MacDermot, vol. II, p. 432
  5. ^ Mitchell & Smith, fig. 103


  • MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. I (1st ed.). Paddington: Great Western Railway.
  • MacDermot, E.T. (1931). History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. II (1st ed.). Paddington: Great Western Railway.
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (April 2002). Paddington to Princes Risborough. Western Main Lines. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-901706-81-8.

External links

  • The station on navigable 1946 O. S. map
  • Photograph of station circa 1905

Coordinates: 51°38′35″N 0°47′25″W / 51.6430°N 0.7903°W / 51.6430; -0.7903

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