Ashby de la Zouch railway station

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Ashby de la Zouch
The old station, Ashby-de-la-Zouch - geograph.org.uk - 184397.jpg
Location
Place Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Area North West Leicestershire
Coordinates 52°44′34″N 1°28′29″W / 52.7429°N 1.4748°W / 52.7429; -1.4748Coordinates: 52°44′34″N 1°28′29″W / 52.7429°N 1.4748°W / 52.7429; -1.4748
Grid reference SK355162
Operations
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 August 1849 Station opened as Ashby
7 September 1964 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Ashby de la Zouch railway station was a railway station at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire on the Leicester to Burton upon Trent Line. The Midland Railway opened it in 1849 and British Railways closed it in 1964.

The station is a small Neoclassical building, with side pavilions and Doric columns in keeping with the nearby Royal Hotel of 1826.[1] It is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

History[edit]

The Midland Railway opened the station on 1 August 1849 as part of its new line between Swannington and Burton-on-Trent. The station was built partly on the remains of the horse-drawn Ticknall Tramway, which previously connected Ticknall lime quarries with the Ashby Canal.

In 1874 the Midland extended its Derby to Melbourne line to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, partly using the route of the former Ticknall Tramway. The junction with the Leicester to Burton-on-Trent line was just west of Ashby station, so for a time the branch was served by a separate station a short distance from the 1849 building.

Ashby station forecourt was also a terminus for the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge Burton and Ashby Light Railway, a tramway between Ashby and Burton upon Trent, built by the MR and closed on 19 February 1927. Tram lines for the Burton and Ashby Light Railway are still visible in the forecourt.

The line became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway under the Grouping of 1923. In the nationalisation of transport in Britain in 1948 the line passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways. British Railways withdrew passenger services and closed Ashby station on 7 September 1964.

Reopening proposals[edit]

In the 1990s BR planned to restore passenger services between Leicester and Burton as the second phase of its Ivanhoe Line project. However, after the privatisation of British Rail in 1995 this phase of the project was discontinued. In 2009 the Association of Train Operating Companies published a £49 million proposal to restore passenger services to the line that would include reopening a station at Ashby.[3]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Swannington
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Leicester to Burton upon Trent Line
  Moira
Line open, station closed
Worthington
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Melbourne Line
  Moira
Line open, station closed

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1960). Leicestershire and Rutland. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 54. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Former Midland railway station (1361623)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Connecting Communities - expanding access to the rail network" (PDF). London: Association of Train Operating Companies. June 2009. p. 19. Archived from the original (pdf) on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 

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