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Thatcham station lies on the banks of the River Kennet, between Newbury and Reading. The town itself is an ancient settlement, and is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest continuously inhabited place in Britain. By contrast the station is a modern affair, having undergone various renovations and rebuilds since its construction in 1847. In the 18th and 19th centuries the town was a prosperous coaching stop, but rail had taken over by the end of the 19th century, thanks in part to Thatcham's convenient location on the main line from Paddington to the southwest. Today Thatcham is a quiet, attractive with a large commuter population shuttling back and forth to Reading, Newbury and London. It makes an ideal base for exploring the nearby countryside - the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Kennet and Avon Cycle Route can both picked up in the town.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 12:45
Saturday 07:00 - 13:45
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Please note part time staff only.
Customer Service notes

Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)

Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces90
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£163.50
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces53
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes<p>6 Sheffield hoops and 5 key operated secure cycle lockers.Please note cycles can be carried on our trains free of charge.</p>
Step-free accessPart of station
Ramps for train accessUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available. Please request staff assistance.

Thatcham station's main entrance is on the north side of the station, and has a small car park - but you'll find the much larger main car park on the south side, across the level crossing on Chamberhouse Mill Lane. The main ticket office leads onto platform 2, with access to platform 1 via a footbridge, or via a direct entrance from the main car park. The main car park is also close to the Kennet and Avon Canal - the towpath is just over the bridge.

Departures and arrivals from Thatcham

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Thatcham station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to ReadingGreat Western Railway09:312On time
to NewburyGreat Western Railway09:321On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway09:552On time
to NewburyGreat Western Railway09:571On time
to ReadingGreat Western Railway10:122On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from NewburyGreat Western Railway09:312On time
from ReadingGreat Western Railway09:321On time
from NewburyGreat Western Railway09:552On time
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway09:561On time
from NewburyGreat Western Railway10:122On time
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