Lichfield City railway station

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Lichfield City National Rail
Lichfield City
Location
Place Lichfield
Local authority Staffordshire
Grid reference SK119091
Operations
Station code LIC
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.579 million
2005/06 Increase 0.590 million
2006/07 Increase 0.608 million
2007/08 Increase 0.636 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.561 million
2009/10 Increase 0.624 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.607 million
2011/12 Increase 0.621 million
2012/13 Increase 0.638 million
History
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lichfield City from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Lichfield City railway station is one of two railway stations serving the city of Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England. It is situated in the city-centre, and is towards the northern end of the Cross-City Line 17¼ miles (28 km) north east of Birmingham New Street. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Midland. The other station serving Lichfield is Lichfield Trent Valley on the city outskirts.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Lichfield City Station in 1849

The station opened in 1849, on the South Staffordshire Railway's line from Lichfield Trent Valley to Walsall and Dudley. This later became part of the London and North Western Railway. The architect for the South Staffordshire Railway was Mr Edward Adams of London and the station building built in 1849 was a modest creation in a Tudor style, with tall gables and chimneys.[1] Services to Birmingham began in 1884, when a branch to Sutton Coldfield opened, connecting with an earlier LNWR line. This original station was demolished in 1882 when the present one was built to accommodate these additional services. The original station stood further east than the present one. It was approached from the city by a path which ran across Levett's Field and up some brick steps in front of the station, these can still be seen near the present Fire Station.[1]

Recent history[edit]

Passenger trains northwards via Trent Valley station to Burton upon Trent ceased in 1965, along with trains to Walsall, so Lichfield City became the northern terminus of the line from Birmingham. This later became part of the Cross-City Line. In 1988, the line was extended back to Trent Valley. Lichfield City has retained considerable character.[2]

In June 1990 the station was in the news after an off-duty soldier was shot and killed, and two others were wounded when two IRA gunmen opened fire.[3] A plaque commemorating the incident is situated in the station.

The station platform

Services[edit]

Monday-Saturday[edit]

Southbound

Northbound

Sunday[edit]

Southbound

  • 2 tph to Redditch, calling at Shenstone, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green and Alvechurch.

Northbound

  • 2 tph to Lichfield Trent Valley


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clayton, Howard (1981), Cathedral City: A Look at Victorian Lichfield, Abottsford Publishing, p. 46, ISBN 978-0-9503563-1-0 
  2. ^ Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Lichfield City station
  3. ^ New York Times

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Midland
Historical railways
Line and station open
London and North Western Railway
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 52°40′49″N 1°49′33″W / 52.68017°N 1.82571°W / 52.68017; -1.82571