Attenborough railway station

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Attenborough National Rail
2014 at Attenborough station - looking westwards.JPG
Place Attenborough
Local authority Borough of Broxtowe
Coordinates 52°54′24″N 1°13′50″W / 52.9067°N 1.2306°W / 52.9067; -1.2306Coordinates: 52°54′24″N 1°13′50″W / 52.9067°N 1.2306°W / 52.9067; -1.2306
Grid reference SK518346
Station code ATB
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 79,794
2012/13 Increase 89,938
2013/14 Increase 94,756
2014/15 Increase 0.113 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.112 million
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 RailUK 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.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Midland Railway locomotive 547 fitted for oil burning ca. 1920
Down freight train approaching the station in 1961
A Class 222 Meridian near Attenborough on the Midland Main Line

Attenborough railway station serves Attenborough in Nottinghamshire, England.


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.

The station on the present site was built by the Midland Railway and opened on 1 September 1864;[1] the Gate suffix was dropped and the name became Attenborough.

Becoming part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, the station then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

During World War I the station had its platforms extended as it was used as an interchange for soldiers heading for Chetwynd Barracks.

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.[2] This resulted in a decision by the LMS to revert the name to Attenborough.[3]

The signal box survived until at least 1982 but is now demolished.

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways.

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.[4]

On Sundays the service is also hourly, although only between Nottingham and Derby (two-hourly extensions to Matlock).

East Midlands Trains Mainline services from Leeds, Sheffield and London run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with Mainline services can be made at Derby and Nottingham.

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  1. ^ "Attenborough". Nottinghamshire Guardian. British Newspaper Archive. 9 September 1864. Retrieved 29 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Notts Station Name Change Outcry". Nottingham Evening Post. British Newspaper Archive. 26 May 1937. Retrieved 29 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "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 (help)). 
  4. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Tables 56 & 57

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