Tesco plc trading as Tesco, is a British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer with headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, England, United Kingdom. It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues and ninth-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues, it has shops in seven countries across Asia and Europe, is the market leader of groceries in the UK, Ireland and Thailand. Tesco was founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen as a group of market stalls; the Tesco name first appeared in 1924, after Cohen purchased a shipment of tea from T. E. Stockwell and combined those initials with the first two letters of his surname, the first Tesco shop opened in 1931 in Burnt Oak, Barnet, his business expanded and by 1939 he had over 100 Tesco shops across the country. A UK grocer, Tesco has expanded globally since the early 1990s, with operations in 11 other countries in the world; the company pulled out of the USA in 2013, but as of 2018 continues to see growth elsewhere.
Since the 1960s, Tesco has diversified into areas such as the retailing of books, electronics, toys, software, financial services and internet services. In the 1990s Tesco repositioned itself from being a down-market high-volume low-cost retailer, to one designed to attract a range of social groups by offering products ranging from low-cost "Tesco Value" items to its "Tesco Finest" range; this broadening of its appeal was successful and saw the chain grow from 500 shops in the mid-1990s to 2,500 shops fifteen years later. Tesco is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, it had a market capitalization of £18.1 billion as of 22 April 2015, the 28th-largest of any company with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. Jack Cohen, the son of Jewish migrants from Poland, founded Tesco in 1919 when he began to sell war-surplus groceries from a stall at Well Street Market, Hackney, in the East End of London; the Tesco brand first appeared in 1924. The name came about, he made new labels using the initials of the supplier's name, the first two letters of his surname, forming the word TESCO.
After experimenting with his first permanent indoor market stall at Tooting in November 1930, Jack Cohen opened the first Tesco shop in September 1931 at 54 Watling Street, Burnt Oak, Middlesex. Tesco was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1947 as Tesco Stores Limited; the first self-service shop opened in St Albans in 1956, the first supermarket in Maldon in 1956. In 1961 Tesco Leicester made an appearance in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest shop in Europe. During the 1950s and 1960s, Tesco grew organically, through acquisitions, until it owned more than 800 shops; the company purchased 70 Williamson's shops, 200 Harrow Stores outlets, 212 Irwins shops, 97 Charles Phillips shops and the Victor Value chain. Jack Cohen's business motto was "pile it high and sell it cheap", to which he added an internal motto of "YCDBSOYA" which he used to motivate his sales force. In May 1987, Tesco completed its hostile takeover of the Hillards chain of 40 supermarkets in the North of England for £220 million.
In 1994, the company took over the supermarket chain William Low after fighting off Sainsbury's for control of the Dundee-based firm, which operated 57 shops. This paved the way for Tesco to expand its presence in Scotland, in which its presence was weaker than in England. Tesco introduced a loyalty card, branded'Clubcard' in 1995, an Internet shopping service. In 1996 the typeface of the logo was changed to the current version with stripe reflections underneath, whilst the corporate font used for shop signage was changed from the familiar "typewriter" font, used since the 1970s. Overseas operations were introduced the same year. Terry Leahy assumed the role of Chief Executive on 21 February 1997, the appointment having been announced on 21 November 1995. On 21 March 1997, Tesco announced the purchase of the retail arm of Associated British Foods, which consisted of the Quinnsworth and Crazy Prices chains in Ireland and Northern Ireland, associated businesses, for £640 million; the deal was approved by the European Commission on 6 May 1997.
The company was the subject of a letter bomb campaign lasting five months from August 2000 to February 2001 as a bomber calling himself "Sally" sent letter bombs to Tesco customers and demanded Clubcards modified to withdraw money from cash machines. The company started to expand the range of products it sold during the 1960s to include household goods and clothing under the Delamare brand, in 1974 opened its first petrol station. In July 2001, Tesco became involved in internet groceries retailing in the USA when it obtained a 35% stake in GroceryWorks. In 2002, Tesco purchased 13 HIT hypermarkets in Poland, it made a major move into the UK's convenience shop market with its purchase of T & S Stores, owner of 870 convenience shops in the One Stop and Day & Nite chains in the UK. In June 2003, Tesco purchased the C Two-Network in Japan, it acquired a majority stake in Turkish supermarket chain Kipa. In January 2004, Tesco acquired Adminstore, owner of 45 Cullens and Harts convenience shops, in and around London.
In Thailand, Tesco Lotus was a joint venture of the Charoen Pokphand Group and Tesco, but faci
Great Western main line
The Great Western main line is a main line railway in England, that runs westwards from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. Opened in 1841, it was the original route of the pre-1948 Great Western Railway, merged into the Western Region of British Railways and is now a part of the national rail system managed by Network Rail; the line is being electrified. It was electrified from Paddington to Heathrow Airport in the late 1990s. Work to electrify the remainder of the route started in 2011 with an initial aim to complete the work all the way to Bristol by 2016; the programme however has been deferred with no end completion forecast. The four sections deferred are: Didcot Parkway to Oxford, Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads, Royal Wootton Bassett Junction to Bristol Temple Meads and the Thames Valley branches to Henley and Windsor; the line was built by the Great Western Railway and engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as a dual track line using a wider 7 ft broad gauge and was opened in stages between 1838 and 1841.
The final section, between Chippenham and Bath, was opened on completion of the Box Tunnel in June 1841. The alignment was so level and straight it was nicknamed "Brunel's billiard table", it was supplemented with a third rail for dual gauge operation, allowing standard gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in trains to operate on the route, in stages between 1854 and 1875. Dual gauge was introduced as follows: London to Reading, Reading to Didcot, Didcot to Swindon, Swindon to Thingley Junction, Thingley Junction to Bathampton, Bathampton to Bristol, Bristol station area; the broad gauge remained in use until 1892. Evidence of the original broad gauge can still be seen at many places where bridges are a bit wider than usual, or where tracks are ten feet apart instead of the usual six; the original dual tracks were widened to four in places in the east half, between 1877 and 1899: Paddington to Southall, Southall to West Drayton, West Drayton to Slough, Slough to east side of Maidenhead Bridge, Maidenhead Bridge to Reading, Reading station, Reading to Pangbourne, Pangbourne to Cholsey and Moulsford and Moulsford to Didcot.
Following the Slough rail accident in 1900 when five passengers were killed, improved vacuum braking systems were used on locomotives and passenger rolling stock and Automatic Train Control was introduced in 1908. Further widenings of the line took place between 1903 and 1910 and more widening work took place between 1931 and 1932. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the Great Western Railway was taken into government control, as were most major railways in Britain and were reorganised after the war into the "big four" companies, of which the Great Western Railway was one; the railways returned to direct government control during World War II before being nationalised to form British Railways in 1948. The line speed was upgraded in the 1970s to support the introduction of the InterCity 125. In 1977 the Parliamentary Select Committee on Nationalised Industries recommended considering electrification of more of Britain's rail network, by 1979 BR presented a range of options that included electrifying the line from Paddington to Swansea by 2000.
Under the 1979–90 Conservative governments that succeeded the 1976–79 Labour government, the proposal was not implemented. In August 2008 it was announced that a number of speed limits on the relief lines between Reading and London had been raised, so that 86% of the line could be used at 90 miles per hour; the route of the GWML includes dozens of listed buildings and structures, including tunnel portals and viaducts, associated hotels. Part of the route passes through and contributes to the Georgian Architecture of the City of Bath World Heritage Site. Grade I listed structures on the line include London Paddington, Wharncliffe Viaduct, the 1839 Tudor gothic River Avon Bridge in Bristol, Bristol Temple Meads station; the communities served by the Great Western main line include: West London. From London to Didcot, the line follows the Thames Valley, crossing the River Thames three times, including on the famous Maidenhead Railway Bridge. After Swindon, trains pass the Swindon Steam Railway Museum.
From Wootton Bassett there are two different routes to Bristol, firstly via Box Tunnel and secondly via Bristol Parkway. It is possible to run via the Wessex Main Line, but this involves a reversal at Bradford Junction, so is only suitable for multiple unit trains or via Reading to Bath via Newbury. Trains on the Great Western main line are sometimes diverted from Reading along the Reading to Taunton line, as far as Westbury, from where they can use the Wessex Main Line to reach either Chippenham, or Bath Spa. Beyond Bristol, some trains continue on the Bristol to Taunton Line to Weston-super-Mare or beyond; the following routes are managed by Network Rail as part of the Great Western main line: Didcot to Oxford and Worcester via the Cherwell Valley Line and Cotswold Line, Swindon to Cheltenham Spa via the Golden Valley Line, Swindon to Cardiff Central and Swansea via the South Wales Main Line, Cross Count
London Waterloo station
Waterloo station known as London Waterloo, is a central London terminus on the National Rail network in the United Kingdom, located in the Waterloo area of the London Borough of Lambeth. It is connected to a London Underground station of the same name and is adjacent to Waterloo East station on the South Eastern main line; the station is the terminus of the South Western main line to Weymouth via Southampton, the West of England main line to Exeter via Salisbury, the Portsmouth Direct line to Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight, several commuter services around West and South West London, Surrey and Berkshire. Many services stop at Clapham Woking; the station was first opened in 1848 by the London and South Western Railway, replaced the earlier Nine Elms as it was closer to the West End. It was never designed to be a terminus, as the original intention was to continue the line towards the City of London, the station developed in a haphazard fashion leading to difficulty finding the correct platform.
The station was rebuilt in the early 20th century, opening in 1922, included the Victory Arch over the main entrance, which commemorated World War I. Waterloo was the last London terminus to provide steam-powered services, which ended in 1967; the station was the London terminus for Eurostar international trains from 1994 until 2007, when they were transferred to St. Pancras International. Waterloo is the busiest railway station in the UK, it is the country's largest station in terms of floor space and has the greatest number of platforms at 24. When combined with the Underground and Waterloo East stations, it is the busiest station complex in Europe; the station's formal name is London Waterloo, appears as such on all official documentation. It has the station code WAT, it is in the London Borough of Lambeth on the south bank of the River Thames, close to Waterloo Bridge and northeast of Westminster Bridge. The main entrance is to the south of the junction of York Road, it is named after the eponymous bridge, which itself was named after the Battle of Waterloo, a battle that occurred two years prior to the opening ceremony for the bridge.
Several London bus routes, including 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 171, 176, 188, 507, 521 and RV1 all stop at Waterloo. Some buses call at stops by the side of the station on Waterloo Road, others at Tenison Way, a short distance from the Victory Arch. Waterloo was built by the South Western Railway, it was not designed to be a terminus, but a stop on an extension towards the City. It replaced the earlier Nine Elms, which had opened on 21 May 1838 and connected London to Southampton since 11 May 1840. By the mid-1840s, commuter services to Wandsworth, Kingston upon Thames, Ditton Marsh and Weybridge had become an important part of L&SWR traffic, so the company began to look for a terminus closer to Central London and the West End. An Act of Parliament was granted in 1845 to extend the line towards a site on York Road, close to Waterloo Bridge; the extension past Nine Elms involved demolishing 700 houses, most of it was carried on a brick viaduct to minimise disruption. The longest bridge took the line over Westminster Bridge Road.
The approach to the new station carried four tracks, with the expectation that other companies would use it. The station was designed by William Tite and opened on 11 July 1848 as "Waterloo Bridge Station". Nine Elms closed for regular services at the same time, but Queen Victoria was fond of the privacy afforded by the old station, so it was kept open for her, a replacement private station built on Wandsworth Road in 1854. Waterloo Bridge was laid out as a through station, as it was expected that services would continue towards the City of London; the L&SWR purchased several properties along the route, before the plans were cancelled owing to the financial crisis following the Panic of 1847. In October 1882, Waterloo Bridge station was renamed Waterloo, reflecting long-standing common usage in some L&SWR timetables; the L&SWR's aim throughout much of the 19th century was to extend its main line eastward beyond Waterloo into the City of London. Given this, it was reluctant to construct a dedicated grand terminus at Waterloo.
Waterloo had none of the usual facilities expected of a terminus until 1853, when a small block was built on the far east side of the station. In 1854, the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company opened a private station inside Waterloo that provided services to Brookwood Cemetery; the station was demolished and replaced with a dedicated building in 1902, as part of the reconstruction of Waterloo in the early 20th century. Traffic and passengers to Waterloo increased throughout the century, Waterloo was extended in an ad-hoc manner to accommodate this. In 1860, new platforms were added on the northwest side of the station. An additional dock siding of the main station opened on 17 March 1869. A 5-chain link to the South Eastern Railway line from London Bridge to Charing Cross opened in July 1865, it was diverted from London Bridge to Cannon Street on 1 February 1867, before being withdrawn the following year. The SER opened Waterloo Junction station on 1 January 1869 as a replacement, that allowed LSWR passengers to change and access services to Cannon Street.
A further extension on the southeastern side of Waterloo, to provide more services, opened on 16 December 1878. A further extension to the north, beyond the Windsor Station, opened in November 1885. For each extension, the long-term plan was that the expansion was "temporary" until the line was extended past Waterloo, therefore these addi
Bracknell is a town and civil parish in Berkshire, the westernmost area within the Greater London Urban Area and the administrative centre of the Borough of Bracknell Forest. It lies 11 miles to the east of Reading, 9 miles south of Maidenhead, 10 miles southwest of Windsor and 34 miles west of central London. A market village and part of the Windsor Great Forest, Bracknell experienced a period of huge growth during the mid-20th Century when it was declared a New Town. Planned at first for a population of 25,000, Bracknell New Town was further expanded in the late 1960s to accommodate a population of 60,000; as part of this expansion, Bracknell absorbed many of the surrounding hamlets including Easthampstead and Old Bracknell. As of 2016, Bracknell has an estimated population of around 83,000, it is the UK headquarters for several technology companies. The town is surrounded, by Swinley Woods and Crowthorne Woods; the urban area has absorbed parts of many local outlying areas including Ascot, Warfield and Binfield.
The name Bracknell is first recorded in a Winkfield Boundary Charter of AD 942 as Braccan heal, may mean "Nook of land belonging to a man called Bracca", from the Old English Braccan + heal, healh. An early form of the town's name, still survives as the name of one of its schools; the town covers all of the hamlet of Ramslade. There is a Bronze Age round barrow at Bill Hill. Easthampstead Park was a favoured royal hunting lodge in Windsor Forest and Catherine of Aragon was banished there until her divorce was finalised, it was the home of the Trumbulls who were patrons of Alexander Pope from Binfield. To the north-east of the town is to be found the Quelm Stone, a standing stone, to the south-west, just over the border in Crowthorne, is Caesar's Camp, an Iron Age hill fort. One of the oldest buildings in the town is the'Old Manor' public house, a 17th-century brick manor house featuring a number of priest holes. Next door once stood the'Hind's Head' coaching inn, where it is said Dick Turpin used to drink.
It is believed that there were once underground tunnels between the two, along which the famous highwayman could escape from the authorities. Other surviving old pubs are the Red Lion and the Bull, all timber-framed and dating from before the 18th century; the oldest place of worship in the town is the parish church of St Michael and St Mary Magdalene in Easthampstead. There has been a church there since Saxon times, although the present building dates from the mid 19th century, except for the lower portions of the Tudor tower. Holy Trinity Church near the town centre was built in 1851. Bracknell was designated a new town in the aftermath of the Second World War; the site was a village cum small town in the civil parish of Warfield in the Easthampstead Rural District. Little of the original Bracknell is left; the location was preferred to White Waltham, considered, because the Bracknell site avoided encroaching on good quality agricultural land. It had the additional advantage of being on a railway line.
The new town was planned for 25,000 people. The existing town centre and industrial areas were to be retained with new industry brought in to provide jobs; the town has since expanded far beyond its intended size into farmland to the south. At the heart of most Bracknell neighbourhoods is a church, a small parade of shops, a primary school, a community centre and a pub; the neighbourhoods varied in population from 3,000 to 9,000. The plans included pedestrianisation, the construction of a ring road, segregation of industrial areas from residential areas. A confusing feature of some of the estates is that streets only have names, not titles – in Birch Hill, Crown Wood, Great Hollands and others there is no'Road','Avenue','Street', just'Frobisher','Jameston','Juniper','Jevington'; the residential streets are, named in alphabetical order in Great Hollands and Wildridings, with As, through Ds, such as Donnybrook, in Hanworth, Js, such as'Jameston','Juniper' and'Jevington' in Birch Hill. Because of Bracknell's age, it was decided.
Designs and plans were rejected first time round. The council went for a second attempt and were accepted, work was due to commence early in 2008 but due to the global credit crisis, the plans were postponed; the cost is estimated at around £750 million. The regeneration will provide brand new services, a redeveloped town centre, 1,000 new homes and new police and bus stations; the Borough Council continues to work in partnership with the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership to regenerate the town centre. The first stage of the redevelopment began with the opening of a new Waitrose store in December 2011. By June 2013 shops in the northern part of the town in Broadway and Crossway had been vacated. Demolition of this area began in September 2013, was completed in December 2013. Construction of new shops, a Cineworld cinema began in February 2015.. On 4 September 2015 it was announced; the Lexicon opened on 7 September 2017. The scheme won Development of the Year at the Revo Awards in November 2017 and the town saw visitor numbers of 16m in its first year.
Bracknell railway station
Bracknell railway station serves the town of Bracknell in Berkshire, England. It is 32 miles 24 chains down the line from London Waterloo; the station, all trains serving it, are operated by South Western Railway. It is on the Waterloo to Reading line; the station was opened in 1856 by the Staines and Wokingham Railway, 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, the entrance is now under the Bracknell Quintiles building. 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. Journey times to London Waterloo are around an hour, whilst to Reading. Bracknell bus station is next to the railway station. In 2008 work began to improve access for passengers with 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" 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 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 fenced off, it was demolished in May 2009. In 2017 the platforms were extended to suit 10 to 12 car trains as the increase of passengers on the line Train times and station information for Bracknell railway station from National Rail Bracknell railway station in the 1866 edition of Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Hand-Book of Great Britain & Ireland
The Waterloo–Reading line is a National Rail electric railway line between London Waterloo and Reading. The line runs west through a series of South West London suburbs in central Berkshire, its passenger operation is by South Western Railway, which manage its stations. The Waterloo–Reading line is the core of a group of lines and branches heading westwards from Waterloo, providing predominantly passenger services into London. All of the branches and connecting lines have direct services into a dedicated group of platforms at Waterloo, so most of the services using the line do not run the whole length of the line. After leaving Waterloo, the line runs parallel to the South West Main Line before diverging at Clapham Junction and heading westwards. Within Greater London, the Hounslow Loop Line diverges at Barnes and reconnects again near Feltham, whilst the Kingston Loop Line diverges at Twickenham to join up with the South West Main Line at New Malden. At Staines, the original route carries onto Windsor, whilst the 1853 route to Reading diverges to run via Egham.
At Virginia Water, the Chertsey Branch Line provides another connection to the South West Main Line whilst at Ascot, the Ascot–Guildford line heads southwards towards Aldershot and Farnham. At Wokingham, the line is synonymous with the west end of the North Downs Line leading into Reading, to terminate in platforms 4, 5 and 6; the line sees some freight services and special charters, which use the connecting line at Reading to join the Great Western Main Line or the Chertsey Loop/Branch Line to connect to the South West Main Line. Due to the large swathes of suburbs served along the line and the drop from four to two tracks west of Barnes, services between Reading and London Waterloo are slow compared to the two fast tracks between Reading and London Paddington; the line is predominantly used for commuter traffic into London with most of the traffic being generated by intermediate stations. To ease over-crowding, a roll-out is underway of 8-car trains being extended to 10 coaches and there have been calls to change the service patterns to provide some additional and faster services, cutting out some of the intermediate stops.
The London and Southampton Railway opened the first stretch of railway between Nine Elms and Woking Common on the 12 May 1838, renamed itself as the London and South Western Railway one month later. As the L&SWR continued extending its railway towards Southampton, the first branch was opened by the Richmond and West End Railway to Richmond on 27 July 1846; this branch line started at what is now Clapham Junction, although the station itself did not open until 2 March 1863. The terminus at Nine Elms was replaced on 11 July 1848 with a new station at Waterloo named as Waterloo Bridge; the Richmond branch was extended further west by the Windsor and South Western Railway opening as far as Datchet on 22 August 1848 and to Windsor on 1 December 1849. Both the R&WER and WS&SWR were purchased by the L&SWR before their respective lines had been completed; the South Eastern Railway opened its line from Wokingham to Reading on 15 October 1849 under the auspices of the Reading and Reigate Railway, taken over by the SER in 1852.
This was part of the SER line from London to Reading via Guidlford and terminated at Reading Southern railway station, adjacent to, but separate from the Great Western Railway station at Reading. The line linking Staines with Wokingham was authorised in 1853 and built by the Staines and Woking Junction Railway, opening from Staines to Ascot on 4 June 1856 and onwards to Wokingham on the 9 July 1856. Initial services on the line was 6 trains a day between Waterloo and Reading, building up to 14 trains a day by 1928; the line was operated by the L&SWR from the outset, who leased it from the owning company in 1858 for 50% of the gross profits, before purchasing it outright in 1878. There were now three competing routes to Reading: the GWR from Paddington at 36 miles. Despite the disparity, the GWR was not the obvious choice due to relative position of Paddington station, west of the City of London; this allowed intense competition between the three companies until in 1858 a new agreement between the three companies was made to fix prices and share fares.
The agreement led to a connecting spur between the SER and GWR railways in Reading being opened for goods traffic on 1 December 1858 and to passenger traffic on 17 January 1859. A better placed link was opened on 17 December 1899, a third link on 1 June 1941; the link is today used by special services such as luxury steam services. The line was electrified on the DC third rail system at 660 volts, in sections: Waterloo to Twickenham flyover 30 January 1916 Twickenham to Whitton Junction 12 March 1916 Whitton Junction to Windsor 6 July 1930 Staines to Virginia Water 3 January 1937 as part of the electrification of lines to Portsmouth Virginia Water to Ascot and Reading South 1 January 1939. Early on Sunday 15 November 2009 the bridge carrying the line over the River Crane, London collapsed leading to service suspension, they were restored eight days on a temporary diversionary line with a 20 mph speed limit laid across the site of the disused Feltham Marshalling yard. The defective bridge was rebuilt.
In the current timetable, there are two trains per hour between Waterloo and Reading, every day of the week.
Burnham railway station
Burnham railway station serves Burnham, England, although the station is in Haymill, a ward of western Slough, about half a mile to the south of Burnham proper. In Buckinghamshire, the station moved into the county of Berkshire when county boundaries were realigned in 1974, it is 20 miles 77 chains down the line from London Paddington and is situated between Slough to the east and Taplow to the west. The station is served by local services operated by Great Western Railway; the station is on the original line of the Great Western Railway. From opening on 1 July 1899, the station was named Burnham Beeches, becoming Burnham from 1 September 1930 to 5 May 1975, purely Burnham, although National Rail variously refers to the station as Burnham and Burnham; the station was closed as a First World War economy measure from 2 April 1917 to 3 March 1919. In preparation for the introduction of Elizabeth line services, the operation of the station was transferred to TfL Rail on behalf of Transport for London at the end of 2017.
The station is situated about half a mile south of Burnham Village and around a mile north of the village of Cippenham and is the closest station to Slough Trading Estate. Burnham Railway Station has a staffed ticketing office, open 7 days a week. There is a new self-service ticket machine, which replaced one that thieves attempted to break into in 2007; this machine accepts cash and credit cards. The station has a waiting room, open during ticket office opening hours. Seating is available under canopies on each platform. Car parking facilities are around 100 metres away, in a car park operated by APCOA. Parking permits are sold to ticket holders individually from the station, or season ticket holders may purchase tickets from APCOA. Burnham Station is served by Great Western Railway Class 165 and Class 166 trains towards London Paddington and Reading. Burnham has an island platform – platform 1 has services to Reading and platform 2 has services to London Paddington; the normal frequency of service are four trains an hour, two toward Paddington and two towards Reading every 30 minutes.
In the evenings and on Saturdays, trains continue through to/from Oxford. There are hourly services on Sundays. Unusually for a station on the Great Western Main Line, Burnham was built with platforms that serve only the relief lines, which makes it vulnerable to losing services when engineering work closes the relief lines and leaves trains only on the main lines; the station is served by a replacement bus service at night. Train times and station information for Burnham railway station from National Rail