Atherstone railway station

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Atherstone National Rail
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Standing on the northbound platform looking south, towards London in 2009.
Location
Place Atherstone
Local authority Borough of North Warwickshire
Coordinates 52°34′44″N 1°33′11″W / 52.579°N 1.553°W / 52.579; -1.553Coordinates: 52°34′44″N 1°33′11″W / 52.579°N 1.553°W / 52.579; -1.553
Grid reference SP304979
Operations
Station code ATH
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 77,558
2012/13 Increase 83,342
2013/14 Increase 99,974
2014/15 Increase 120,764
2015/16 Increase 141,494
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Atherstone from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Atherstone is a railway station serving the town of Atherstone in Warwickshire, England. It is on the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line, exactly 102 miles (164 km) from London Euston station, as a placard on an adjacent building states. The station is conveniently near the A5 road.

History[edit]

Preserved 1847 station building

The station was designed by John William Livock and opened by the London and North Western Railway in 1847. It was absorbed by the London Midland and Scottish Railway in the Grouping of 1923. The station passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. When British Rail introduced sectorisation in the 1980s, the station was served by the Regional Railways Sector until the Privatisation of British Railways.

In 1860 there was a train crash at Atherstone that killed 10 people.

The station building has been Grade II listed since 1980.[1] In the early 1980s there was a proposal to demolish it, but a local group The Railway and Steam Traction Society successfully opposed it. Eventually the building was fully restored by 1985, with Donald Willets using it as offices.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

London Midland 350128 at Atherstone with the 12:28 to London Euston.

London Midland provide an hourly service in each direction (including Sundays); southbound to London Euston via Nuneaton, Rugby and Milton Keynes Central, and northbound to Crewe via Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.[2]

This is a substantial increase in service from the 1980s and 1990s when just half a dozen local trains a day served the station, none of which went further north than Stafford or further south than Rugby. Passenger use at the station has grown rapidly since the introduction of the new service.

From December 2012 Atherstone was part of London Midland's "Project 110" scheme which saw the Euston-Crewe service take the express train route via Weedon rather than travel via the Northampton loop line. As a result, Atherstone lost its direct link with Northampton but the journey time to/from London was cut by 30 minutes, with most trains now timetabled to take 82 minutes to reach the capital. However, a few trains do go via Northampton Monday - Saturday and all go via Northampton on Sundays.[3]

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Nuneaton   London Midland
London-Crewe
  Tamworth
London Midland
Northampton-Crewe
Limited Service