Cheltenham Spa railway station

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Cheltenham Spa National Rail
Cheltenham Spa
Cheltenham Spa station
Place Cheltenham
Local authority Cheltenham
Coordinates 51°53′49″N 2°06′00″W / 51.897°N 2.100°W / 51.897; -2.100Coordinates: 51°53′49″N 2°06′00″W / 51.897°N 2.100°W / 51.897; -2.100
Grid reference SO931220
Station code CNM
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  0.881 million
2004/05 Increase 1.036 million
2005/06 Increase 1.128 million
2006/07 Increase 1.206 million
2007/08 Increase 1.338 million
2008/09 Increase 1.529 million
2009/10 Increase 1.599 million
2010/11 Increase 1.727 million
2011/12 Increase 1.813 million
- Interchange 0.212 million
2012/13 Increase 1.892 million
- Interchange Increase 0.218 million
Original company Birmingham and Gloucester Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping LMS
24 June 1840 Opened as Cheltenham
1 February 1925 Renamed Cheltenham Spa (Lansdown)
? Renamed Cheltenham Spa
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cheltenham Spa from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Cheltenham Spa railway station is a railway station serving Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. Situated on the Bristol-Birmingham main line, it is managed by First Great Western (despite most services being operated by CrossCountry, which does not manage any stations) and is about one mile from the town centre.


A 1910 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Cheltenham Spa (shown here as Queen's Road, Lansdown)
An Old Stager at Cheltenham Lansdown Station in 1949

The first railway to Cheltenham was the broad-gauge Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (C&GWUR), authorised by Act of Parliament in 1836, and opened between Cheltenham and Gloucester in 1840. In the same year the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway (B&GR) opened its line between Cheltenham and Bromsgrove, whence trains ran on mixed-gauge tracks to Gloucester. Both railways had their own stations in the town, and the principal one, Cheltenham Spa (Lansdown), named from the principal road in the area, is the only one remaining, although without its secondary title. It was opened by the B&GR on 24 June 1840; was renamed Cheltenham Spa (Lansdown) on 1 February 1925 by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, and again renamed Cheltenham Spa by British Railways at some point after 1 January 1948.[1]

The C&GWUR was taken over by the Great Western Railway in 1844, and the B&GR by the Midland Railway in 1846. Within the town there were three other passenger railway stations: Malvern Road, St James's and Cheltenham South and Leckhampton; there was also High Street Halt and the Racecourse Platform, open only on race days.

Cheltenham Spa Malvern Road West Signal Box, and its east equivalent, had the longest namesigns on the GWR.[citation needed]


Cheltenham Spa Railway Station

Cheltenham Spa station is served by approx 8 to 12 trains every hour during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays (less frequent on Sundays).

First Great Western operate approx hourly Cheltenham Spa-Swindon via Gloucester services. Some (operated by InterCity 125 High Speed Trains) extend through to Reading & London Paddington.[2]

First Great Western also operates local services on the Bristol (Temple Meads/Parkway), Yate, Cam & Dursley, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa route.

CrossCountry Trains serve Cheltenham Spa on two routes, the Cardiff to Birmingham New Street/Nottingham service and the longer-distance Penzance/Plymouth - Cheltenham Spa - Glasgow Central and Bristol T.M - Manchester Piccadilly route.[3]

Arriva Trains Wales operate approx. hourly with a Maesteg via Bridgend, Cardiff and Newport to Chepstow/Lydney/Gloucester/Cheltenham Spa service.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Gloucester   Arriva Trains Wales
Maesteg - Cheltenham
Gloucester   CrossCountry
Cardiff - Nottingham
or Ashchurch for

or Bromsgrove
Bristol Parkway   CrossCountry
South West - North West and Scotland
  Birmingham New
Bristol - Manchester
Gloucester   First Great Western
Cheltenham - London/Swindon
Gloucester   First Great Western
Great Malvern - Westbury
  Ashchurch for
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Birmingham and Gloucester Railway
  Cheltenham High Street
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Line and station closed
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Cheltenham Malvern Road
Line and station closed
  Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway   Terminus

The Future[edit]

In early 2012 Cheltenham Council released a Railway Station concept statement, promoting enhancements at the station. See:

In March 2013, the newly formed Gloucestershire Local Transport Body (LTB), asked for bids from the local area for transport projects which could be funded in the period 2015 to 2019. The Cheltenham Development Taskforce decided to seek support from the railway industry and key local supporters, to promote a scheme first raised in 2008. This 2008 scheme proposed to significantly enhance the facilities at Cheltenham Spa Station, with new passenger facilities and a new south-facing bay platform to enable terminating London and South Wales services to clear the mainline and utilize a new bay platform facility.

During the development and optioneering phase of the stage 1 LTB submission, it was discovered that to ensure operational flexibility and to provide sufficient capacity, that two new bay platforms were actually required. This configuration formed the basis of a station regeneration proposal that was submitted to the Gloucestershire Local Transport Body for consideration in early March 2013. Following shortlisting to stage 2 a second funding proposal was submitted on 10 May 2013. Cheltenham Spa Station and the other various transport scheme proposals were all published for public consultation on the LTB website on 13 May 2013. See:

For stage 1 Cheltenham Spa Station submission see:

This story was reported on in the local paper:

For stage 2 Cheltenham Spa Station submission see:

Feedback on the scheme can be made to the LTB by 7 June 2013 see:


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 59. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 125
  3. ^ GB National Rail timetable 2013, Table 51Network Rail; Retrieved 2013-09-17
  4. ^ GB Rail Timetable 2013-14, Tables 128 & 134