Bracknell railway station

Bracknell National Rail

Bracknell station, in 2007, looking east, with the west-(Reading)-bound platform in the foreground. (Original concrete footbridge visible in distance.)
Place Bracknell
Local authority Bracknell Forest
Coordinates 51°24′47″N 0°45′07″W / 51.413°N 0.752°W / 51.413; -0.752Coordinates: 51°24′47″N 0°45′07″W / 51.413°N 0.752°W / 51.413; -0.752
Grid reference SU869689
Station code BCE
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 1.977 million
2011/12 Increase 1.999 million
2012/13 Increase 2.051 million
2013/14 Increase 2.208 million
2014/15 Increase 2.315 million
Key dates Opened 9 July 1856 (9 July 1856)
Original company Staines and Wokingham Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bracknell from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bracknell station in 1961
A 1909 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Reading

Bracknell railway station is a railway station serving the town of Bracknell in Berkshire, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by South West Trains. It is on the London Waterloo-Reading line.


The station was opened in 1856 by the Staines and Wokingham Railway which was taken over by the London and South Western Railway in 1878. British Railways closed the goods yard in 1969. The station was redeveloped in 1975, and the entrance is now under the Bracknell Quintiles building.[1]


Trains run between London Waterloo and Reading every 30 minutes, seven days a week. On weekdays there are extra morning and evening peak time trains between Reading and London Waterloo, with one evening service from Reading terminating at Staines.[2]

Journey times to London Waterloo are around an hour, whilst to Reading it is 20 mins.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Martins Heron   South West Trains
Waterloo to Reading

Bracknell bus station is next to the railway station.


In 2008 work began to improve access for passengers with wheelchairs, baby-vehicles or bicycles. A new covered footbridge, with both staircases and lifts, was completed and opened in 2009. Before this, the only way to reach the "Down" (Reading-bound) platform was over the steps of the original footbridge at the London end of the platforms. This was a classic Southern Railway design with no roof, built of pre-cast concrete sections. It had also provided direct access from Crowthorne Road North, but this extra span had long been disconnected. Once the new bridge was opened, the old bridge was taken out of use and fenced off. It was demolished in May 2009.


  1. "The Coming of Railways" (PDF). Bracknell Forest Borough Council. 1999. Retrieved 6 March 2008.
  2. GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 149 (Network Rail)
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