Wellington (Shropshire) railway station

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Wellington (Shropshire) National Rail
Wellington (Shropshire)
View of the station facing north towards Shrewsbury.
Location
Place Wellington, Shropshire
Local authority Telford and Wrekin
Grid reference SJ651116
Operations
Station code WLN
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.330 million
2005/06 Increase 0.354 million
2006/07 Increase 0.365 million
2007/08 Increase 0.389 million
2008/09 Increase 0.495 million
2009/10 Increase 0.533 million
2010/11 Increase 0.543 million
2011/12 Increase 0.560 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.558 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 Wellington (Shropshire) from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Wellington railway station serves the town of Wellington, Shropshire, England. It is situated on the former Great Western Railway's London (Paddington) to Birkenhead via Birmingham (Snow Hill) line. Trains are operated by London Midland (who manage the station) and Arriva Trains Wales.

History[edit]

The station was built at the junction of the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway with the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company's line from Stafford via Newport. It was opened on 1 June 1849.

The town of Wellington was designated as part of the new town of Telford in the 1960s. As Telford did not have its own railway station at first, Wellington station was renamed "Wellington - Telford West" to indicate that it now served the new town. After Telford Central station opened in 1986, Wellington eventually reverted to its original name, although this did not happen for a number of years.

Up 'Cambrian Coast Express' in 1960

Although, in its heyday, the station had more platforms, it currently has only three: two through platforms and one bay platform. Platform 3, the bay platform, is now out of regular use following the withdrawal of the Wellington to Walsall local service and its subsequent replacement with through Shrewsbury to Birmingham New Street local services.

In late 2009-early 2010 the station was refurbished by London Midland.

Services[edit]

Wellington is currently served by two trains an hour each way between Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury, one operated by London Midland and the other by Arriva Trains Wales. Arriva's service also continues to Birmingham international. The latter trains continue alternately to Aberystwyth and Holyhead via Chester. There is also the 22:07 service to Manchester Piccadilly on weekdays. The few remaining through trains to Walsall were withdrawn in December 2008. Until 1967 Wellington was served by the GWR, latterly BR Western Region, express services between London Paddington and Birkenhead Woodside which was withdrawn upon the electrification of the West Coast Main Line. Between 28 April 2008 and 28 January 2011, Wellington was a stop on Wrexham & Shropshire's service between Wrexham General and London Marylebone.

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

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Oakengates   London Midland
Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Shrewsbury
  Arriva Trains Wales
Birmingham - Chester
 
Telford Central   Arriva Trains Wales
Cambrian Line
  Shrewsbury

Coordinates: 52°42′05″N 2°31′01″W / 52.7015°N 2.517°W / 52.7015; -2.517