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Buckinghamshire, a surprisingly rural county for one so close to London, is split into two railway halves.
In the southern part the railways serve market towns such as Amersham and Beaconsfield, and provide a commuting service into London Marylebone.
To the north lies a railway desert, the product of cuts over several decades of what was once a network of rural lines traversed north-south by the Great Central Main Line.
In the middle, and on the border of the two halves, sits Aylesbury, now (but not for much longer) the head of a railway cul-de-sac.
The Great Western Main Line skirts the south of the county, and to the east there is one station (Cheddington) on the West Coast Main Line. (Bletchley and Milton Keynes stations are also on the WCML, but these are within the Milton Keynes council area, which is a unitary authority within the ‘ceremonial’ county of Buckinghamshire; this article concerns itself mainly with the current administrative county.)
The rail network changed during, and before, the Beeching era. And now a lot more is set to change - there is clear potential for rail to serve Buckinghamshire far more in the 2020s and beyond.
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