Etruria railway station

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Etruria
Etruria station geograph-3461833-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Etruria station in August 1995.
Location
Place Etruria
Area Staffordshire
Grid reference SJ865469
Operations
Original company North Staffordshire Railway
Platforms 2
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 * 1,798
History
9 October 1848 (1848-10-09) Opened[1]
30 September 2005 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Etruria from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Etruria station is a closed station in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, which served the areas of Etruria and the larger district of Newcastle-under-Lyme. It closed on 30 September 2005.[2]

The station was opened 9 October 1848 by the North Staffordshire Railway and was modified by it in the 1870s, when the Potteries Loop Line was constructed. The station was an island platform situated underneath a bridge carrying the A53, approximately one mile north of Stoke-on-Trent station. Its train services were suspended in May 2003 during the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line. Central Trains did not restart services to Etruria when the work was finished and continued with bustitution although First North Western reintroduced a limited service, beyond what was contractually required.

After already low passenger numbers dwindled even further, closure was proposed by the Strategic Rail Authority in February 2004. The closure was granted approval by the Department for Transport on 21 July 2005.[3] The final train was Northern Rail unit 323226 which left at 07.16 to Manchester Piccadilly. The closure was condemned by Transport 2000.[2]

The platforms and steps were still there as of May 2007 although signage and platform objects were removed in June 2006.

As of December 2008, nothing remains of Etruria station that would be noticed by the casual observer, the platform having been demolished to permit the straightening of the track and remove a 60mph speed restriction to allow trains to run at 85 mph southbound and 90 mph northbound.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Longport   First North Western
Crewe to Derby Line
  Stoke-on-Trent
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line and station open
North Staffordshire Railway
Line and station open
North Staffordshire Railway
North Staffordshire Railway
Sandbach to Stoke Line
Line and station closed
North Staffordshire Railway

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Quick, Michael (2009) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 167. ISBN 978 0 901461 57 5. OCLC 612226077. 
  2. ^ a b "Last train departs from station". BBC News. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Proposal to close Etruria station". Department for Transport. 21 July 2005. Archived from the original on 6 November 2008. 

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Coordinates: 53°01′08″N 2°12′05″W / 53.01898°N 2.20144°W / 53.01898; -2.20144