Woburn Sands railway station

Woburn Sands railway station serves the villages of Woburn Sands and Wavendon in the borough of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England. The station is on the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley, about 4 miles (6.5 km) east of Bletchley station. The station is served by local trains to Bletchley and Bedford using Class 150/1 and Class 153 diesel multiple units operated by London Northwestern Railway.

Woburn Sands National Rail
Woburn Sands in 2009, looking east, showing the condition of the track through the station.
PlaceWoburn Sands
Local authorityMilton Keynes
Coordinates52°01′05″N 0°39′14″W / 52.018°N 0.654°WCoordinates: 52°01′05″N 0°39′14″W / 52.018°N 0.654°W
Grid referenceSP924363
Station codeWOB
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 42,828
2014/15Decrease 42,408
2015/16Increase 44,674
2016/17Decrease 38,942
2017/18Increase 46,606
30 November 1905[1]Opened
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Woburn Sands from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Station building and signal box

Woburn Sands railway station - circa 1852
Woburn's cottage-type station building, in an 1852 illustration

Woburn Sands has a black and white "cottage" station building, one of four of the same design that are unique to this line. Two of the others remain at Fenny Stratford and Milbrook. The building is in a half-timbered Gothic Revival style that had been insisted upon by the 7th Duke of Bedford for stations close to the Woburn Estate. It is Grade II listed.[2] It opened with the line in 1846;[1] between 1871 and July 1967 had a sizeable goods yard serving various local businesses (including a brick factory and gas works).[1]

In August 2004, Woburn Sands lost its Victorian signal box to the development and modernisation of the route.[1] Until 2004 the line was controlled by staffed signal boxes located at various stations; but the entire line is now controlled from one signalling centre at Ridgmont.


At present an hourly service operates each way, operated by either a Class 150, Class 153 or Class 230 DMU. There is no service on a Sunday.[3]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
London Northwestern Railway
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Future Services  
Bletchley   East West Rail

Community Rail Partnership

Woburn Sands station, in common with others on the Marston Vale line, is covered by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership,[4] which aims to increase use of the line by involving local people.


Woburn Sands railway station is located in Milton Keynes
Woburn Sands railway station
Woburn Sands station zoom in
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The station is on Station Road, about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the town centre. The nearest post-code is MK17 8UD.[5] In the chainage notation traditionally used on the railway, it is 4 mileschains (4.05 mi; 6.52 km) from Bletchley station on the line to Bedford.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Disused Stations Site Record - Woburn Sands" Retrieved 7 September 2016
  2. ^ English Heritage Grade II listed building status Retrieved 2009-10-19
  3. ^ Table 64 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  4. ^ Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership
  5. ^ Streetmap.co.uk
  6. ^ Engineer's Line References: Bletchley south junction to Bedford RailwayCodes.org

External links

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A5130 road

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Bletchley TMD

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WOB may refer to:

Wolfsburg (German vehicle license plate code)

Woburn Sands railway station (National Rail code)

Anderson Regional Transportation Center (Amtrak station code)

White On Black, a colour scheme used frequently in tabloid newspaper headlines (see Light-on-dark color scheme)

Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre

Weight on bit, the amount of downward force exerted on the drill bit

Work of breathing, medical term for the effort to move air through the lungs

World of Beer, a chain of restaurants in the United States

Woburn Sands

Woburn Sands () is a small town and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes, England, and part of the Milton Keynes urban area. It is south-east of Milton Keynes proper, near Wavendon. The county boundary between Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire divides the Woburn Sands/Aspley Guise/Aspley Heath contiguous built-up area. All of Woburn Sands civil parish is in the Borough of Milton Keynes but not all of Woburn Sands is in the same parish: the meandering boundary between the counties means that the Primary and Middle Schools that serve the town are both in the Parish of Aspley Guise (Central Bedfordshire).

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Wolverton Works
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Woburn Sands
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Denbigh Hall
Bletchley TMD
former Varsity Line /
planned East West Rail
Leighton Buzzard
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