Water Orton railway station

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Water Orton National Rail
Water Orton
The station in 2013.
Location
Place Water Orton
Local authority North Warwickshire
Coordinates 52°31′07″N 1°44′38″W / 52.518611°N 1.743889°W / 52.518611; -1.743889Coordinates: 52°31′07″N 1°44′38″W / 52.518611°N 1.743889°W / 52.518611; -1.743889
Grid reference SP174912
Operations
Station code WTO
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 27,279
2005/06 Increase 35,264
2006/07 Increase 39,324
2007/08 Increase 41,709
2008/09 Decrease 37,180
2009/10 Increase 39,000
2010/11 Increase 42,584
2011/12 Increase 44,266
2012/13 Decrease 39,718
2013/14 Increase 40,752
History
1908 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Water Orton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Lines around Whitacre Junction

Water Orton railway station serves Water Orton in Warwickshire, near Birmingham, England. It is owned by Network Rail, and managed by London Midland. However, no London Midland trains stop there; it is only served by CrossCountry services.

History[edit]

It was first opened in 1842 by the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway on its line into Birmingham Lawley Street from Whitacre Junction.

However the Midland Railway built a cutoff line from slightly further west to a junction at Kingsbury in 1909 and the station was resited.[1] Although the distance saved was only a mile-and-a-quarter, the junctions at Water Orton and Kingsbury could be taken at a much higher speed than the original one at Whitacre.

An interesting side note is that a freak tornado in Birmingham in 1996 damaged the wooden staircase. Rather than remove and replace the stairs, the damaged staircase was repaired in situ resulting in a zig zag appearance. Local residents approved of this and it was left as it is found today.[citation needed]

A panorama of the front of the station.

Services[edit]

Platform 1 is used for trains to Leicester and Birmingham. Platform 2 is used for trains to Derby, of which only one calls.

Services are mainly two hourly to Birmingham New Street and Leicester, with additional services in the peak.

There is one train a day Monday-Friday to Tamworth, Burton and Derby at 1750.

There is no Sunday service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pixton, B., (2005) Birmingham-Derby: Portrait of a Famous Route, Runpast Publishing

External links[edit]

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Mondays-Saturdays only