Flitwick railway station

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Flitwick National Rail
Flitwick
View across Flitwick station towards the main building on the Down side, 13 January 2007
Location
Place Flitwick
Local authority Central Bedfordshire
Grid reference TL034350
Operations
Station code FLT
Managed by First Capital Connect
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2007/08 Increase 1.248 million
2008/09 Decrease 1.243 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.175 million
2010/11 Increase 1.204 million
2011/12 Increase 1.245 million
2012/13 Increase 1.319 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Flitwick from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Flitwick railway station is in the centre of Flitwick, in Bedfordshire, England. The station is situated on the Midland Main Line. The station is managed by First Capital Connect, who operate all trains serving it, and is served by Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton. As well as Flitwick itself, the station also serves the adjoining town of Ampthill, which no longer has its own station.

From Flitwick, trains travel north to Bedford and southbound trains go to stations which include Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, Harpenden, St Albans, London St Pancras, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

History[edit]

It was built by the Midland Railway in 1870 on its extension to St. Pancras. The original station buildings were restored in the early 1980s.[1]

There were originally platforms for two lines. This remained the case when the line was quadrupled. The up goods opened in 1893 and extended to Harlington in 1894; and the down goods opened in 1895. It was not until 1960 that British Railways added extra platforms to cater for extended stopping services between Bedford and London.[2]

Services[edit]

Looking south towards the footbridge, from outside the main building on Platform 4.
Up direction freight at Flitwick in 1955

The typical off-peak service from this station is:

Currently, services at Flitwick are operated using Class 319 or Class 377 EMUs.

Facilities[edit]

Flitwick station has the following facilities:

  • 2 waiting rooms
  • buffet
  • newsagent
  • telephones
  • toilet
  • car park with 261 spaces

The station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving. It is in the same area as Harlington station.

There are two entrances to the station: one into the ticket office from Steppingley Road and the other directly onto the footbridge from Dunstable Road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  2. ^ Preston Hendry, R., Powell Hendry, R., (1982) An historical survey of selected LMS stations : layouts and illustrations. Vol. 1 Oxford Publishing

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect
Bedford-Sevenoaks
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Midland Railway
Line and station open

Coordinates: 52°00′14″N 0°29′42″W / 52.004°N 0.495°W / 52.004; -0.495