Lapworth railway station

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Lapworth National Rail
Lapworth
Lapworth station platforms.
Location
Place Lapworth
Local authority Warwick
Coordinates 52°20′31″N 1°43′33″W / 52.3420°N 1.7257°W / 52.3420; -1.7257Coordinates: 52°20′31″N 1°43′33″W / 52.3420°N 1.7257°W / 52.3420; -1.7257
Grid reference SP187716
Operations
Station code LPW
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 17,607
2005/06 Increase 18,960
2006/07 Increase 20,460
2007/08 Decrease 19,918
2008/09 Increase 34,366
2009/10 Decrease 33,406
2010/11 Increase 33,796
2011/12 Increase 35,976
2012/13 Decrease 33,212
History
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
1854 Opened as Kingswood
1 May 1902 Renamed Lapworth
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lapworth from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Lapworth railway station serves the village of Kingswood, Warwickshire, 1½ miles (2½ km) from the village of Lapworth from which it takes its name. It has two platforms connected by a footbridge. Most trains are those provided by Chiltern on its London Marylebone/Leamington Spa/Birmingham Snow Hill/Kidderminster route, but these are augmented by a few London Midland services.

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1854.[1] It was known as Kingswood until 1 May 1902 when the name was changed to Lapworth[2] to avoid confusion with the station of the same name in Surrey. From 1894, Lapworth was the starting point of a short lived branch line to Henley-in-Arden. The branch was closed as an economy measure during the First World War in 1915.[3]

A footbridge spans the remaining two tracks, and continues to the west of the northbound platform spanning where quadruple tracks once existed. For a brief period prior to the lifting of the quadruple tracks there was a DMU service along what had been the GWR's Paddington - Birkenhead main line. It plied between Wellington (Shropshire) and Lapworth stopping at all the intermediate stations and linking them with Wolverhampton Low Level and Birmingham Snow Hill.

The station is unstaffed; ticketing is restricted to a 'Permit-to-Travel' machine located at the main entrance to the station (off Station Lane) at the north end of the London-bound (southbound) platform. The station can also be accessed via a footpath from Mill Lane.

Services[edit]

The station has a basic hourly service in each direction in the current timetable, provided by the Chiltern Railways Leamington Spa to Birmingham Moor Street trains. London Midland services also call at peak periods, giving through links to Stourbridge Junction and Kidderminster. On Sundays a two-hourly service operates, but with through services to and from London Marylebone.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 135. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 135, 138
  3. ^ "Henley-in-Arden - Original Station". Warwickshire Railways. Retrieved 25 Oct 2013. 
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 71

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dorridge   London Midland
Worcester - Leamington Spa
  Hatton
Limited Service
London Midland
Birmingham — Stratford via Solihull
Claverdon
Limited Service
Dorridge   Chiltern Railways
London-Birmingham
  Hatton
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Birmingham and Henley in Arden Railway
  Henley-in-Arden
Line closed, station open