Oakham railway station
|The station platforms|
|Managed by||East Midlands Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Midland Counties Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|1 May 1848||Station opened|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Oakham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Oakham railway station serves the town of Oakham in Rutland, England. The station is situated almost halfway between Leicester – 27 miles (43 km) to the west – and Peterborough – 25 miles (40 km) eastward on the (as built) Syston and Peterborough Railway, the line is now part of the much bigger Birmingham to Peterborough Line.
Oakham is Rutland's only surviving passenger railway station. The line from Oakham to Kettering via Corby (which branches off just east of Oakham) until recently rarely saw use by passenger trains being used largely exclusively by freight trains. Since the opening of Corby station it sees daily use with trains from London St Pancras, as well as the occasional use as a diversionary route for passenger trains normally using the Midland Main Line. The daily services to/from London serve Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, and Luton.
Since 2007 some of the station buildings have been used as the headquarters of the charitable organisation Change Agents UK.
From Oakham there is an hourly service in both directions operated by CrossCountry, with some additional peak-hour trains. Services run westbound to Birmingham New Street via Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Narborough, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Coleshill Parkway whilst services eastbound run to Stansted Airport or Cambridge via Stamford, Peterborough, March, Ely and Audley End.
Despite managing the station, East Midlands Trains (EMT) only operates a limited number of services to/from it. A few trains operate at either end of the day, mainly for train crew route knowledge retention purposes. An early morning service runs from Nottingham to Norwich and an evening service operates from Spalding via Peterborough to Nottingham.
The station retains a ticket office which is staffed part-time, a car park and help points for times where there are no staff present.
A single daily return service to London St Pancras commenced on 27 April 2009 running via Corby and is notable for being the first regular passenger service to cross the spectacular and historic Welland Viaduct since 1966. The company introduced a further return service from Derby via East Midlands Parkway (for East Midlands Airport) from May 2010. Further services may be introduced in the future. The initial London service had been due to start on 14 December 2008 but because of a delay in reaching agreement with the Department for Transport and the rolling stock operating company (ROSCO) for the four additional trains needed for the service EMT started the service around four months later.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|East Midlands Trains
Nottingham-Norwich (via Loughborough)
|East Midlands Trains
Summary of former services
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
Leicester to Peterborough
Nottingham to Kettering
Sample train timetable for July 1922
The table below shows the train departures from Oakham on weekdays in July 1922. The basic services are Peterborough to Leicester and Kettering to Nottingham. In this timetable, Oakham is served by two London to Nottingham expresses, arriving in Oakham at 10.22 and 18.55. Southbound the only direct service is at 18.09, but two additional Nottingham to London expresses call at Manton with connections from Oakham at 08.43 and 11.05.
|Departure||Going to||Calling at||Arrival||Operator|
|07.05||Leicester||Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Humberstone Road, Leicester||08.30||MR|
|08.11||Kettering||Manton, Harringworth, Gretton, Weldon & Corby, Geddington, Kettering||09.25||MR|
|08.21||Peterborough East||Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East||09.33||MR|
|08.43||Manton||Manton (Connects with Nottingham to London express at Manton)||09.25||MR|
|08.54||Leicester||Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester||10.03||MR|
|10.11||Peterborough East||Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East||11.20||MR|
|10.22||Nottingham||Melton Mowbray, Nottingham (London to Nottingham express)||11.05||MR|
|11.05||Peterborough East||Manton, Stamford, Peterborough North, Peterborough East (Connects with Nottingham to London express at Manton)||12.13||MR|
|11.15||Leicester||Melton Mowbray, Leicester||11.56||MR|
|11.25||Nottingham||Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham||12.40||MR|
|13.05||Kettering||Manton, Harringworth, Gretton, Weldon & Corby, Geddington, Kettering||13.56||MR|
|13.09||Leicester||Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Leicester||14.00||MR|
|13.58||Peterborough East||Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East||15.08||MR|
|14.51||Melton Mowbray||Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray||15.17||MR|
|16.28||Peterborough East||Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East||17.37||MR|
|16.40||Leicester||Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Syston, Leicester||17.32||MR|
|17.49||Nottingham||Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham||19.03||MR|
|17.56||Peterborough East||Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East||19.02||MR|
|18.09||London St Pancras||Manton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Luton, London St Pancras (Nottingham to London express)||18.44||MR|
|18.13||Leicester||Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester||19.13||MR|
|18.55||Nottingham||Melton Mowbray, Nottingham (London to Nottingham express)||19.38||MR|
|19.10||Peterborough East||Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East||20.20||MR|
|20.14||Nottingham||Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham||21.33||MR|
|21.20||Leicester||Ashwell, Melton Mowbray, Syston, Leicester||22.08||MR|
|22.10||Peterborough East||Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Peterborough North, Peterborough East||23.05||MR|
- "Passengers from Melton Mowbray set to benefit from direct link to London". www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk. 7 April 2009.
- "Rail service could run north of town". Northants Evening Telegraph. 21 February 2008.
- Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, July 1922
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