|Location|| Westbury, Wiltshire |
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Classification||DfT category D|
|Original company||Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|5 September 1848||Station opened as terminus of line from Chippenham|
|7 October 1850||Line extended to Frome|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Westbury railway station serves the town of Westbury in Wiltshire,England. The station is managed by Great Western Railway.
The station is a major junction,serving the Reading to Taunton line with services to and from Penzance and London Paddington;the Wessex Main Line with services to and from Cardiff and Portsmouth,also Swindon;the Heart of Wessex Line with local services from Bristol Temple Meads to Weymouth;and services to London Waterloo.
The buffet at Westbury appeared in a list of "highly commended" station cafes published in The Guardian in 2009.
The station was opened by the Wilts,Somerset and Weymouth Railway on 5 September 1848,and was the initial terminus of their line from Chippenham. This line was later extended to Frome,which opened on 7 October 1850. The Salisbury branch opened on 30 June 1856,whilst the opening of the line to Patney &Chirton in 1900 (along with that further west from Castle Cary to Cogload Junction six years later) completed the GWR's new main line from London Paddington to Taunton and beyond.
In the 1880s,the station was one of the meeting places of the South and West Wilts Hunt.
In 1899,Westbury station was entirely rebuilt to cater for the 1900 line,creating two island platforms six hundred feet long and forty feet wide.It has since been rebuilt and remodelled several times,most recently when the area was resignalled in 1985 (when the Down Salisbury platform line was lifted),but without changing the underlying form created in 1901. In 2013 the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Transport Body prioritised the reopening of this platform face at an estimated cost of £5.4m.
A freight yard next to the station is used by bulk limestone trains from the rail-served quarries at Merehead and Whatley in Somerset.In April 2009 the rail-served Lafarge cement works to the east was closed.
On 28 October 1873,a mail train passed a signal at danger and collided with a luggage train.
On 6 December 2011,a train was derailed at Westbury.
The station is served by all three main routes that pass through it. On the main Reading to Taunton Line,the station is served by westbound trains to one of Exeter St Davids,Paignton,Plymouth,or Penzance;and eastbound services to London Paddington,which depart approximately once every two hours.
There is a service on the Cardiff Central to Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour Wessex Main Line,and a separate service between Gloucester,Bristol and Westbury on this route. Some of these trains continue through to Weymouth and in the opposite direction certain trains extend through to Cheltenham Spa and Great Malvern. Others run to Frome,Warminster and Southampton.
There are also services between Westbury and Swindon via Chippenham,Trowbridge and Melksham,marketed as the TransWilts Line. The frequency on this route was improved substantially (to eight trains each way weekdays,five on Sundays) at the December 2013 timetable change.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Pewsey|| Great Western Railway |
(London to Devon and Cornwall)
|Trowbridge|| Great Western Railway |
(Wessex Main Line)
|Dilton Marsh or Warminster|
| Great Western Railway |
(Heart of Wessex Line)
|Warminster|| South Western Railway |
(Basingstoke - Yeovil)
The line to Westbury is not due to be electrified as part of the 21st-century modernisation of the Great Western Main Line. Although local councillors support it,the extension of electrification beyond Newbury to Westbury was assessed as having a benefit–cost ratio of only 0.31.
The Wessex Main Line is the railway line from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton Central. Diverging from this route is the Heart of Wessex Line from Westbury to Weymouth. The Wessex Main Line intersects the Reading to Taunton Line at Westbury and the West of England Main Line at Salisbury.
The Heart of Wessex Line,also known as the Bristol to Weymouth Line,is a railway line that runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Westbury and Weymouth in England. It shares the Wessex Main Line as far as Westbury and then follows the course of the Reading to Taunton Line as far as Castle Cary.
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Dorchester West railway station is one of two railway stations serving the town of Dorchester in Dorset,England. The station is managed by Great Western Railway. The station is located on the Heart of Wessex Line between Castle Cary and Weymouth,161.63 miles from the zero point at London Paddington,and is at the southern end of a single track section from Maiden Newton. The line becomes double at the station and remains so to just before nearby Dorchester Junction,where the line joins the South West Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth.
Castle Cary railway station is on the Reading to Taunton line 115.25 miles (185.48 km) south west of London Paddington and the Bristol to Weymouth line 47.75 miles (77 km) south of Bristol Temple Meads. The two routes share tracks between Westbury and Castle Cary stations and are both operated by Great Western Railway,which also manages the station. The station is 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the town of Castle Cary and 5 miles (8 km) south of Shepton Mallet in a largely rural area of Somerset,England.
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Chippenham railway station is on the Great Western Main Line (GWML) in South West England,serving the town of Chippenham,Wiltshire. It is 93 miles 76 chains down the line from the zero point at London Paddington and is situated between Swindon and Bath Spa on the GWML. The Wessex Main Line diverges from the GWML to the southwest of Chippenham and runs to Trowbridge via Melksham.
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Melksham railway station serves the town of Melksham in Wiltshire,England. It is 100 miles 13 chains measured from London Paddington,on the TransWilts Line between Chippenham and Trowbridge that was originally part of the Wilts,Somerset and Weymouth Railway,absorbed in 1850 by the Great Western Railway.
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The Wilts,Somerset and Weymouth Railway (WS&WR) was an early railway company in south-western England. It obtained Parliamentary powers in 1845 to build a railway from near Chippenham in Wiltshire,southward to Salisbury and Weymouth in Dorset. It opened the first part of the network but found it impossible to raise further money and sold its line to the Great Western Railway (GWR) in 1850.
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Go-Op is an open access train operating company which is currently proposing to operate a service between Taunton and Swindon,via Westbury. It aims to become the first cooperatively owned train operating company in the United Kingdom,to improve access to the public transport infrastructure through open access rail services linking main lines to smaller market towns,and co-ordinating services with light rail and bus links and car pools.
Holt Junction was a railway station which served the village of Holt,Wiltshire,England between 1861 and 1966. It stood on the Wessex Main Line at its junction with the western end of the Devizes branch.
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