Attenborough railway station
|Local authority||Borough of Broxtowe|
|Managed by||East Midlands Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|1 December 1856||Station opens as Attenborough Gate|
|1 November 1858||Station closes|
|1 September 1864||Station reopens as Attenborough|
|19 April 1937||Station renamed Chilwell|
|27 September 1937||Station renamed Attenborough|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Attenborough from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Built as a halt known as Attenborough Gate in 1856 on the Midland Counties Railway line from Nottingham to Derby which had opened in 1839, the station opened next to a level crossing and tickets were bought from the crossing keeper.
In April 1937 the station was renamed Chilwell. However, this did not go down well with Attenborough locals who raised a petition which 235 local people signed. This resulted in a decision by the LMS to revert the name to Attenborough.
The signal box survived until at least 1982 but is now demolished.
It is an unstaffed station, having lost its station buildings and staff in the early 1990s. Following a rebuild of the platforms in 2005 the station has no architectural remains from any earlier station except parts of the footbridge.
The footbridge was replaced in 2007, receiving a new steel deck and stairways. The blue brick towers, which support the bridge, were retained. As of late 2009 Attenborough is a Penalty fare station when travelling on East Midlands Trains services and the Pertis machine must be used which is located on the Derby bound platform.
An hourly service is provided throughout the day by East Midlands Trains' Matlock to Nottingham service. Most of these now run through to & from Newark Castle since the December 2014 timetable change. Additional services run at peak times, including some operated by CrossCountry.
On Sundays the service is also hourly, although only between Nottingham and Derby (two-hourly extensions to Matlock).
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|East Midlands Trains
|East Midlands Trains|
- "Attenborough". Nottinghamshire Guardian. British Newspaper Archive. 9 September 1864. Retrieved 29 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (. ))
- "Notts Station Name Change Outcry". Nottingham Evening Post. British Newspaper Archive. 26 May 1937. Retrieved 29 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (. ))
- "Attenborough, Not Chilwell. Station's Name to be Changed Back Again". Nottingham Evening Post. British Newspaper Archive. 9 June 1937. Retrieved 29 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (. ))
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Tables 56 & 57
- Higginson, M, (1989) The Midland Counties Railway: A Pictorial Survey, Derby: Midland Railway Trust.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
- Station on navigable O.S. map