Are there plans for more frequent trains to/from Crowthorne or existing trains to stop there more? As we are aware there is a huge amount of new homes going into the village (1000+) so we will need a more frequent service.
At present it's better to drive to Wokingham or Bracknell as there is more frequency but this puts more cars on the roads and seems to be senseless when we have a local station that many can walk to. I'm about to change my London commute to go via Reading and the lack of trains for Crowthorne means it's not really a viable option because I'd have to hang around too much to get home in the evening.
The services from Crowthorne are operated by Great Western Railway (www.gwr.com) and I would recommend you to contact them directly to discuss their plans.
Thank you again for contacting South Western Railway.
Hi - this is a SWR forum but hopefully I can help. I am not aware of any frequency increases planned by GWR at Crowthorne - but there should be longer trains from next year onwards.
Also, there are plans to increase frequency on the North Downs line to 3TPH, but I think crowthorne will stay at 1TPH. It should, however, mean that trains that stop at crowthorne will be less busy.
Hi Peter - thanks for the note. It's a pity as I'm not sure it's the crowdedness at Crowthorne, more just being that you can't easily get home. I wonder how many people live in the village but drive to Wokingham/Farnborough and Bracknell just for frequency of trains. That's mostly what I've ended up doing which just puts more cars on the road.
I'm not sure it's wholly the frequency to blame - all the other stations mentioned have direct trains to London whereas crowthorne does not. I'm sure if crowthorne did gain a direct service to London (extremely unlikely),the demand would be there for frequency increases, which would lead to further use and so on. So at the moment there is a bit of a vicious circle due to the lack of direct service to London.
I can't imagine a direct service to London either but more trains per hour would mean more people would go Crowthorne/Reading/Paddington/Crossrail. The only reason most people I know drive to other stations is because it's almost impossible to get back to Crowthorne if you have ended up working late or are delayed.