Stamford railway station

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Stamford National Rail
Stamford
Location
Place Stamford
Local authority South Kesteven
Coordinates 52°38′53″N 0°28′47″W / 52.6480°N 0.4798°W / 52.6480; -0.4798Coordinates: 52°38′53″N 0°28′47″W / 52.6480°N 0.4798°W / 52.6480; -0.4798
Grid reference TF029066
Operations
Station code SMD
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2005/06 Increase 0.224 million
2006/07 Increase 0.260 million
2007/08 Increase 0.283 million
2008/09 Increase 0.321 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.288 million
2010/11 Increase 0.296 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.289 million
2012/13 Increase 0.314 million
History
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 May 1848 (1848-05-01) Opened as Stamford
29 September 1950 Renamed Stamford Town
18 April 1966 Renamed Stamford
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stamford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Stamford station, 7 December 1996
Entrance to Stamford Station in summer 1991

Stamford railway station serves the town of Stamford in Lincolnshire, England. The station is 12.5 miles (20 km) west of Peterborough opened by the Syston and Peterborough Railway, part of the present day Birmingham to Peterborough Line. CrossCountry operate the majority of services as part of their Birmingham to Stansted Airport route. It is owned by Network Rail and operated by East Midlands Trains (EMT) train operating company (TOC).

The station was formerly known as Stamford Town to distinguish it from the now closed Stamford East station in Water Street.

The station building is a fine stone structure in Mock Tudor style, influenced by the nearby Burghley House, and designed by Sancton Wood.[1]

Services[edit]

From Stamford there is generally an hourly service (operated by CrossCountry) each day towards Leicester and Birmingham New Street westbound and Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport eastbound as well as additional PM peak hour services.

Services westbound to Birmingham go via Oakham, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Narborough, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Coleshill. Services eastbound to Stansted Airport or Cambridge call at Peterborough, March, Ely and Audley End.

Despite managing the station, East Midlands Trains only operates three daily services to the station (mainly for train crew route knowledge purposes); two early morning services to Norwich and a late night service to Nottingham.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
CrossCountry
Limited Service
East Midlands Trains
Nottingham-Norwich (via Loughborough)
Limited Service

Development[edit]

Birmingham - Stansted Airport Service
Birmingham New Street
Water Orton
to Derby
Coleshill Parkway
Nuneaton
West coast main line
Hinckley
Narborough
South Wigston
Syston
Leicester
Midland main line
Melton Mowbray
Oakham
to London St Pancras.
Stamford
Peterborough
East coast main line
Whittlesea
March
Manea
to Kings Lynn
to Norwich
Ely
to Ipswich
Waterbeach
to Ipswich
Cambridge
to London Kings Cross
Shelford
Whittlesford
Great Chesterford
Audley End
Stansted Airport
to London Liverpool Street

Central Trains undertook internal modifications and refurbishment to the ticket office and booking hall towards the end of their franchise. Network Rail also invested £500,000 on refurbishment of the station building, modern lighting, overbridge and foot crossing to further update the station in late 2007.[2]

In late July 2008, Network Rail was granted listed building consent to make alterations to the Grade II listed station building to enable larger freight trains of W10 loading gauge to travel on the Peterborough to Nuneaton route. This will involve changes to the platform alignment and the platform canopy and a temporary platform will be provided during the works.[3]

It is planned that both platforms will be extended by up to 5 metres by no later than 2012.[4]

History[edit]

Openings[edit]

Opened by the Midland Railway on its Syston and Peterborough Railway, train services began on 2 October 1846 on the Peterborough to Stamford section, using a temporary station in Water Street, as the tunnel was not complete. The permanent station opened along with through services to Leicester on 20 March 1848.

The London and North Western Railway opened their single track branch line from Rugby via Market Harborough on 2 June 1851. This actually joined the Midland line at Luffenham, but trains generally worked through to Stamford and terminated in the LNWR bay, platform 3, the far side of the current Leicester platform, which is now disused and filled in.

In 1863, the weekday train service comprised 5 each way per day on the Peterborough - Stamford - Leicester route, 3 each way per day on the Stamford - Market Harborough - Rugby route, and 1 each way per day on the Stamford - Market Harborough - Northampton route, including through coaches to London Euston, then known as Euston Square.[5]

The LNWR Rugby line was double tracked in 1878, but in 1879 the LNWR built a new line from Seaton to Wansford on their existing Peterborough to Northampton Nene valley line, and from this time, Rugby to Peterborough was operated as the main line and the Stamford to Seaton section became a branch line, and was singled again in 1907.[6]

Closures[edit]

Through Services from Stamford Town in 1922
Humberstone Road
Leicester London Rd
Syston
Rearsby
Brooksby
Frisby
Asfordby
to Nottingham
GN&LNWR
Melton Mowbray
Saxby
to M&GNR
Whissendine
Ashwell
Oakham
to Market Harborough
Manton
Seaton
to Uppingham
to Kettering
Morcott
to Wansford
Luffenham
Ketton & Collyweston
Stamford Town
Stamford East
to Essendine
to Wansford
Uffington & Barnack
to Wansford
Helpston
Walton
GNR main line
Peterborough North
Peterborough East
to March

When Stamford East station closed in 1957, the Stamford to Essendine services were diverted to Town station, but these services ceased in 1959. Some minor stations on the Midland line closed in the 1950s and 1960s and the remaining village stations such as Helpston and Ketton & Collyweston closed in 1966, along with the Seaton branch line from Luffenham.

1970s[edit]

With the end of steam traction, the service in the 1970s and early 1980s generally comprised a stopping service formed of 2-car DMUs running between Peterborough and Leicester every two hours, supplemented by a two or three times a day Peterborough to Stamford shuttle service. There was also a four or five times daily through Birmingham to Norwich service usually formed by a Class 31 with four or five Mark 1 coaches, these services generally ran non-stop between Peterborough and Leicester.

1980s[edit]

General goods services in Stamford finished in the late 1960s but the coal yard remained in use until 16 May 1983.

When the coal yard closed, the opportunity was also taken to close the signal box. All pointwork was removed and mechanical signals were replaced by colour lights controlled by Ketton signal box. Ketton signal box was retained due to the need to monitor the level crossing. With no crossover, the Peterborough to Stamford shuttles were for a time reversed at Ketton, before being withdrawn altogether.

With the line to the bay platform lifted, the bay was filled in to form a flowerbed.

1990s[edit]

In the late 1990s the toilets were closed, having been the subject of vandalism and variously available since the 1960s. The ticket office is only open in the mornings. The small bicycle rack outside the station was removed.

Summary of former train services[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Ketton & Collyweston   Midland Railway
Leicester to Peterborough
  Uffington & Barnack
Ketton & Collyweston   London and North Western Railway
Seaton branch
  Terminus

Timetable for February 1863[edit]

The table below shows the train departures from Stamford Town on weekdays in February 1863.[7]

Departure Going to Calling at Arrival Operator
06.45 London Euston Square Luffenham, Seaton, Rockingham, Medbourne Bridge, Market Harborough, Kelmarsh, Lamport, Brixworth, Brampton, Northampton Castle. Through coaches to Blisworth, Wolverton, Camden, London Euston Square 10.30 LNWR
07.10 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Ashwell, Whisendine, Saxby, Melton, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester 09.10 MR
07.30 Rugby Luffenham, Seaton, Rockingham, Medbourne Bridge, Market Harborough, Thedingworth, Welford & Kilworth, Stanford Hall, Lilbourne, Rugby 09.15 LNWR
09.03 Peterborough Great Eastern Uffington & Barnack, Helpstone, Walton, Peterborough Crescent, Peterborough Great Eastern 09.40 MR
10.00 Rugby Luffenham, Seaton, Rockingham, Medbourne Bridge, Market Harborough, Thedingworth, Welford & Kilworth, Stanford Hall, Lilbourne, Rugby 11.45 LNWR
10.47 Peterborough Great Eastern Helpstone, Peterborough Crescent, Peterborough Great Eastern 11.20 MR
10.52 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Saxby, Melton, Syston, Leicester 12.20 MR
13.10 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Ashwell, Melton, Brooksby, Syston, Leicester 14.40 MR
14.11 Peterborough Great Eastern Helpstone, Peterborough Crescent, Peterborough Great Eastern 14.40 MR
16.23 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Ashwell, Whisendine, Saxby, Melton, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester 18.15 MR
16.45 Rugby Luffenham, Seaton, Rockingham, Medbourne Bridge, Market Harborough, Thedingworth, Welford & Kilworth, Stanford Hall, Lilbourne, Rugby 18.35 LNWR
16.47 Peterborough Great Eastern Uffington & Barnack, Helpstone, Walton, Peterborough Crescent, Peterborough Great Eastern 17.25 MR
20.44 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Ashwell, Saxby, Melton, Brooksby, Syston, Leicester 22.25 MR
21.52 Peterborough Great Eastern Helpstone, Peterborough Crescent, Peterborough Great Eastern 22.20 MR

Timetable for July 1922[edit]

The table below shows the train departures from Stamford Town on weekdays in July 1922.[8]

Departure Going to Calling at Arrival Operator
07.35 Seaton Ketton, Luffenham, Morcott, Seaton 08.03 LNWR
08.20 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester 10.03 MR
08.53 Peterborough East Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 09.33 MR
09.08 Seaton Ketton, Luffenham, Morcott, Seaton 09.33 LNWR
09.39 Oakham Ketton, Luffenham, Oakham 10.08 MR
10.41 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Melton Mowbray, Leicester 11.56 MR
10.43 Peterborough East Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 11.20 MR
11.35 Seaton Ketton, Luffenham, Morcott, Seaton 12.01 LNWR
11.46 Peterborough East Peterborough North, Peterborough East 12.13 MR
12.33 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Leicester 14.00 MR
13.55 Seaton Ketton, Luffenham, Morcott, Seaton 14.20 LNWR
14.30 Peterborough East Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 15.08 MR
16.02 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Syston, Leicester 17.32 MR
16.15 Seaton Ketton, Luffenham, Morcott, Seaton 16.40 LNWR
17.01 Peterborough East Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 17.37 MR
17.38 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester 19.13 MR
17.48 Seaton Ketton, Luffenham, Morcott, Seaton 18.11 LNWR
18.31 Peterborough East Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 19.02 MR
19.43 Peterborough East Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 20.20 MR
19.55 Seaton Ketton, Luffenham, Morcott, Seaton 20.20 LNWR
20.45 Leicester Ketton, Luffenham, Manton, Oakham, Ashwell, Melton Mowbray, Syston, Leicester 22.08 MR
22.40 Peterborough East Peterborough North, Peterborough East 20.20 MR

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Monument Record for Stamford Station". 
  2. ^ "£500,000 INVESTMENT FOR STAMFORD STATION". Network Rail. 21 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Planning Application S08/LB/7000". South Kesteven District Council. Retrieved 2008-08-01. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Network Rail CP4 Delivery Plan 2009 Enhancements programme: statement of scope, outputs and milestones". Network Rail. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  5. ^ Bradshaws General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, February 1863.
  6. ^ Butler, P., (2007) A History of the Railways of Northamptonshire, Great Addington: Silver Link Publishing
  7. ^ Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, February 1863
  8. ^ Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, July 1922

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