Burton-on-Trent railway station

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Burton-on-Trent National Rail
Burton-on-Trent railway station MMB 09.jpg
Place Burton upon Trent
Local authority East Staffordshire
Grid reference SK242232
Station code BUT
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 0.560 million
2005/06 Increase 0.614 million
2006/07 Increase 0.655 million
2007/08 Increase 0.682 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.668 million
2009/10 Increase 0.683 million
2010/11 Increase 0.719 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.703 million
- Interchange 6,369
2012/13 Decrease 0.701 million
- Interchange Increase 7,088
2013/14 Increase 0.710 million
- Interchange Decrease 6,047
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Burton-on-Trent from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Burton-on-Trent railway station is in the town of Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England.


Access to the station is from the bridge on Borough Road that crosses the railway line. At road level, there is a small car park, a taxi rank/shop and the entrance to the station, which contains the ticket office. In order to reach the two platforms (Platform One is for Derby, Nottingham, London and the North, Platform Two is for Tamworth, Birmingham and the South), passengers descend a broad staircase, one of the few remaining parts of the old station, which was mostly demolished in the early 1970s.

Only a single building now stands at platform level (Burton is an island station, where the tracks run around a single platform), and this building incorporates a waiting room, toilets and a despatcher's office. Timetable information is available from destination boards and real-time customer information screens with automated train announcements.

The station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving.


The station lies on the Cross Country Route, between Derby and Birmingham.

The station's operator is East Midlands Trains, but no East Midlands Trains trains call there. All services are provided by CrossCountry, with trains between Cardiff Central, Birmingham, and Nottingham, as well as longer-distance services to destinations such as Bristol Temple Meads, Plymouth, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley. The Nottingham - Birmingham services call every half hour each way (alternate trains continue to Cardiff), with two-hourly calls by the Edinburgh - Leeds - Plymouth trains.[1]


A 1913 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Burton-on-Trent showing several of the brewery lines
The station at street level in 1962
The station at track level in 1962
Up 'Devonian' express leaving Burton-upon-Trent

The original station was opened in 1839 by the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway on its original route from Derby to Hampton-in-Arden meeting the London and Birmingham Railway for London. It was completely rebuilt about 150 yards further south in 1883 when the lines were quadrupled. It consisted of an island platform with bays at each end, with substantial brick buildings along its length. As now, this was reached by a flight of steps from road level, where there was a booking hall in "early English style, partly timbered". The station was rebuilt yet again in 1971. The station, the railway sheds and the town's popular trainspotting locations feature significantly in the autobiographical book, Platform Souls by local author Nicholas Whittaker.

As a centre for beer brewing, Burton generated a great deal of freight traffic. In fact Burton itself was criss-crossed by the lines of the brewery companies' private lines, with a plethora of level crossings. In 1870 a new locomotive shed was built to the south of the station. This consisted of a roundhouse built round a 42-foot (13 m) turntable. In 1892 another roundhouse was added, with a 50-foot (15 m) turntable. In 1923 these were replaced by 57-foot (17 m) and 55-foot (17 m) turntables respectively. Originally coded "2" by the Midland Railway, it became 17B in 1935. By 1948 it had 111 locomotives allocated to it. With the arrival of diesel locomotives,[citation needed] a reorganisation of motive power districts in the London Midland Region took place in September 1963.[2] Under this, the former Nottingham (16), Derby (17) and Toton (18) divisions were amalgamated, with Toton as the main shed for the division; this was coded 16A,[2] and Burton-on-Trent became 16F.[3] Steam traction was removed from this depot in September 1966,[3] and it closed in 1968.

During the summer and autumn of 2011, the station underwent a £700,000 refurbishment, including removal of asbestos, improved disabled facilities, improved lighting and refurbished waiting room.[4]

East Midlands Trains used to run two direct return weekday services to London via Derby and Leicester along the Midland Main Line. These ended at the December 2008 timetable change.[citation needed]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station closed
Great Northern Railway Terminus
Historical railways
Terminus Midland Railway
Line open, station closed
Branston (Staffordshire)
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway


It has been proposed in the past that the line between Burton and Leicester, known as the Ivanhoe Line, be reopened for passenger use.[5] Services had originally been withdrawn in 1964 due to the Beeching Axe, though the line is still open for freight traffic.

Motive Power Depot[edit]

Burton's motive power depot - or 'sheds' as MPDs were informally known - were situated on the west side of the line south of the station. The adjacent signal box was Leicester Junction, since this the eponymous branch line diverged from the main Birmingham-Derby route. The shed was a sub shed of Derby (code 17B) until the early 1960s, after which it became a sub-shed of Toton and was coded 16F from then until its closure.


  1. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Tables 51 & 57 (Network Rail)
  2. ^ a b Walford, John (2012). A Detailed History of British Railways Standard Steam Locomotives - Volume Five: The End of an Era. Maidenhead: RCTS. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-901115-97-3. 
  3. ^ a b Walford 2012, p. 18
  4. ^ Taylor, Josh (6 September 2011). "£700,000 railway station makeover is under way". Burton Mail. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Leicestershire County Council - Ivanhoe Line Stage II Scheme Re-AppraisalLeicestershire County Council Report April 2009; Retrieved 2014-01-23

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Tamworth   CrossCountry
Cross Country Route

Coordinates: 52°48′22″N 1°38′31″W / 52.806°N 1.642°W / 52.806; -1.642