Telford Central railway station

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Telford Central National Rail
Telford Central
Location
Place Telford
Local authority Telford and Wrekin
Grid reference SJ702093
Operations
Station code TFC
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.777 million
2005/06 Increase 0.794 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.781 million
2007/08 Increase 0.799 million
2008/09 Increase 0.941 million
2009/10 Increase 0.972 million
2010/11 Increase 0.991 million
2011/12 Increase 1.033 million
2012/13 Increase 1.034 million
History
Key dates Opened 12 May 1986 (12 May 1986)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Telford Central from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Telford Central railway station serves the new town of Telford, England. It is situated close to the town centre, the main commercial district of the town. It is located on the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line and is operated by London Midland.

History[edit]

The new town of Telford was designated in the 1960s, but until the 1980s it was served only by two railway stations which predated it, Oakengates and Wellington, although Wellington was at one stage renamed "Wellington-Telford West" to indicate that it was located in the new town. The line through Telford also boasted a further station in the form of New Hadley Halt between Oakengates and Wellington until 1986, its closure coinciding with the opening of the nearby Telford Central station.

The situation changed in May 1986, when Telford Central opened. The new station was equipped with full-length platforms to accommodate inter-city trains, and a large car park, which took advantage of the station's location next to the M54 motorway to provide a park and ride facility. The £700,000 cost was jointly funded by British Rail, the Telford Development Corporation and Shropshire County Council.

Services[edit]

Currently, the Monday-Saturday off-peak service comprises two trains per hour in each direction. One, operated by Arriva Trains Wales, runs between Birmingham International and Shrewsbury, with alternate trains continuing to Aberystwyth or Holyhead. The other trains are London Midland services between Shrewsbury and Birmingham New Street, which call at all stations between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton.

Although the station was built to accommodate inter-city trains to London Euston, these services no longer operate; British Rail services ceased in the early 1990s, and Virgin Trains withdrew a short-lived, trial, daily service between Shrewsbury and London in 2000. A new company, Wrexham & Shropshire, reintroduced express services (to London Marylebone) on 28 April 2008; these were withdrawn following the last train on 28 January 2011.

From December 2014, Virgin Trains will run two daily services to and from London Euston.[1]

Passenger numbers using the station annually exceeded the 1 million mark for the first time in the 2011-12 financial year.

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External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Shifnal   London Midland
Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Oakengates
  Arriva Trains Wales
Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury
Sundays only
 
Shifnal   Arriva Trains Wales
Birmingham-Chester
  Oakengates
Wolverhampton   Arriva Trains Wales
Cambrian Line
  Wellington
Wolverhampton   Arriva Trains Wales
Birmingham - Holyhead
  Wellington

Coordinates: 52°40′52″N 2°26′28″W / 52.681°N 2.441°W / 52.681; -2.441