What exactly is a Parkway station?

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  1. EM2

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    As per title really...
    What the blinkin' flip does 'Parkway' even mean? If you're parked, you're not on your way.
    And it's a railway station, so why does parking even come into it?
     
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    I think it serves a "park and ride" facility rather than a specific town; eg Bristol Parkway is a Park and Ride facility for people living near Bristol, but is not intended to serve Bristol City (that's what Temple Meads does).
     
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    Its posh for Interchange a bit Like Liverpool South Parkway should in my view have been called Allerton & Garston Interchange.

    Liverpool South Parkway seems to confuse people namely on the out of town route that stop there Such as the London Midland Service from Birmingham as People See Liverpool and think they are in Lime Street.
     
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    A Parkway is a station, usually on a major route that serves as a point for Park & Ride rather than anything in the vicinity, although its worth pointing out that some locations such as Bristol Parkway have attracted quite interesting commercial development and it is becoming an area in its own right. In fact, some, such as Tame Bridge Parkway aren't for a certain place at all (there is no such place as "Tame Bridge").

    It doesn't necessarily represent a station with a Car Park (although a Parkway must have one), and there are some in Greater Manchester and what used to be the West Midlands County which are termed "park and ride," although it's worth mentioning that Manchester and Birmingham don't have bus-based park and rides like many other towns & cities.

    It's also been the case where a station does serve the town (eg: Didcot, Port Talbot) but it's also used to encourage people from smaller places nearby to drive there and take the train.

    As to John_158, I wouldn't say that it's anything to do with an interchange, I struggle to think what you'd interchange for at Whittlesford Parkway (a recent renaming to a Parkway rather than a new station), Haddenham & Thame Parkway or Tiverton Parkway. Even where multiple services to different destinations & stopping patterns serve, you'd be better interchanging elsewhere.
     
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    In the UK, a "Parkway Station" is an out-of-town railway station with a substantial car park built alongside of it, a longer-distance "park and ride" if you like, the main idea of such stations being to try to encourage passengers to switch from road to rail, in particular for inter-urban journeys of 50 miles or more, and it means that such passengers don't have to first travel into busy town or city centres to catch the train.
     
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    How many parkways are there I can think of a few but there must be more,

    Bristol, Tame Bridge, Port Talbot, luton airport, east midlands and Warick
     
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    luton airport, east midlands
     
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    Ah yes them too
     
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    Coleshill parkway. just thought that one up

    (or for mumrar Coleshill Barfway ;) )
     
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    1. Aylesbury Vale Parkway
    2. Bodmin Parkway
    3. Bristol Parkway
    4. Coleshill Parkway
    5. Didcot Parkway
    6. East Midlands Parkway
    7. Ebbw Vale Parkway
    8. Haddenham & Thame Parkway
    9. Horwich Parkway
    10. Liverpool South Parkway
    11. Luton Airport Parkway
    12. Port Talbot Parkway
    13. Southampton Airport Parkway
    14. Sutton Parkway
    15. Tame Bridge Parkway
    16. Tiverton Parkway
    17. Warwick Parkway
    18. Whittlesford Parkway
    There are also a few stations designated 'Parkway' on Light Rail systems and a few more that are designated as 'Park and Ride' or which may have been called Parkway if built a few years later (Lelant Saltings was built as a Park & Ride for St Ives).
     
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    when opened, Alfreton was called Alfreton & Mansfield Parkway prior to the Robin Hood line being opened (which actually opened 2 stations there - Mansfield and Woodhouse)
     
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    Worle seems to be a parkway maybe for Weston, but it doesn't seem official.

    The station signs and literature from FGW read 'Worle', yet you go outside, pass the BR double arrow sign and below reads 'Worle parkway'...:?
     
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    Contrary to belief it has nothing to do with 'park & ride' - however they ae usually slightly OOT stations usually accompanied by large car park for large volumes of commuters, or in the case of the airports - passengers.

    This new name of station is a relitevly new phenomenon, more and more new build stations are recieving such names, giving them a modern 'glossy' appeal to passengers.
     
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    Worle Parkway is actually the name of the business park located adjacent to the station, although I think it may have originally intended to be the name of the station.
     
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    "Worle Parkway" is the name of the business/commercial park thing next to Worle railway station? According to Wikipedia anyway.

    EDIT: Beaten to it.

    If you want to be extremely pedantic, Southampton Airport Parkway is infact named Southampton Airport (Parkway), previously known as just Southampton Parkway. I'm waiting for Southampton International next! :lol:
     
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    as a user of Whittlesford (post renaming only), was the renaming connected to the East carpark, or does that significantly predate the renaming? Otherwise, it's about as far from the main part of Whittlesford village (barring Station Road) as it is from Duxford village.

    Some of the "Parkway" stations have rather small carparks- Bodmin (according to NR) has a mere 75 spaces!
     
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    No it's not.

    Also, Mojo, I believe there have been another couple of 'parkway' stations in the past. Those include 'Lostock Parkway' (which had 'Parkway' on some of the running-in boards until the late 90s, despite losing it's 'parkway' status in 1989 -also, some grippers on Northern still refer to it as 'Lostock Parkway'- though that's not quite as 'fringe' as a certain Virgin guard referring to Stockport 'Edgeley', Rugby 'Midland', Wolverhampton 'High Level' and Manchester 'London Road'(!) ) there's also Alfreton & Mansfield Parkway- which lost the 'parkway' suffix in 95' when Mansfield station re-opened.
     
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    yep, a Parkway is just simply an out of town station designed to be accessed by car, sometimes direct off the motorway network - product in the 1960s/70s/80s when towns began to expand round the road (especially motorway) network, and many began to live in car based suburbs rather than those served by rail within walkable distance or in town/city centres.

    In some cases, branch lines were shut down, a new road was built where passengers were expected to transfer to the main lines by car rather than train. Alfereton and Mansfield parkway was a good example - though Mansfield has had a passenger station again since the 90s.
     
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