Barlaston railway station

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Barlaston
National Rail
Barlaston railway station 1.jpg
General information
LocationBarlaston, Stafford
England
Grid referenceSJ888383
Managed byWest Midlands Trains/London Northwestern Railway[1]
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeBRT
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
17 April 1848Opened
23 May 2004Services withdrawn

Barlaston railway station served the village of Barlaston in Staffordshire, England. This station was opened on 17 April 1848 and is on the first line opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on that date. At some times it was called Barlaston and Tittensor after the slightly more distant village of Tittensor.

History[edit]

Trains no longer stop at Barlaston. The Stafford to Stoke-on-Trent local service was withdrawn when the route was temporarily closed for major refurbishment on 23 May 2004 as part of the West Coast Main Line modernisation scheme and never reinstated. Passengers are now served by bus service No 100 operated by D&G Bus,[2] which acts as the station's official rail replacement bus service, on which valid rail tickets (including advance purchase tickets) to/from Wedgwood and Barlaston are officially accepted. Access to the platforms is no longer possible as the station has been fenced off.

Barlaston is not included as a stop on the CreweLondon Euston service operated by West Midlands Trains. The new franchise, West Midland Trains may see the station reopened to passenger services.[3][4]

The station in 1961

Barlaston is mentioned in the ghost or parliamentary train list maintained by Ghost Train Hunters enthusiasts group. The North Staffs Rail Promotion Group campaign for the restoration of the train service continues.

The Department for Transport stated that the rail replacement service would continue whilst it sought a "sustainable solution" to the demand for the restoration of train services when it awarded the West Midlands Rail franchise in 2018. As from April 2021 it funds this rail replacement service in accordance with Passenger Service Level Commitment No 2 of 2008. The bustitution is currently in its seventeenth year, allegedly the longest running scheduled rail replacement in history.[citation needed]

Plans to officially close Wedgwood to passengers, and reopen Barlaston, were planned for May 2021.[citation needed] However no Notice of Closure for Wedgwood has been published and there is no service at Barlaston.

Stationmasters[edit]

Below is a list of stationmasters for Barlaston Railway Station.

  • Mr Peacock (1917)[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barlaston". National Rail.
  2. ^ "Barlaston Train Station". West Midlands Railway.
  3. ^ "Reopening of Barlaston Railway Station (Stoke-on-Trent)". Hansard. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Public to have say on trains stopping at Barlaston's station". Staffordshire Newsletter. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Jeuda, Basil (1 May 1996). THE KNOTTY An Illustrated Survey of the North Staffordshire Railway. Lydney: Lightmoor Press. p. 76. ISBN 1899889019.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Wedgwood
Line open, station closed
  Central Trains
Stafford to Manchester Line
  Stone
Line and station open

Coordinates: 52°56′35″N 2°10′05″W / 52.943°N 2.168°W / 52.943; -2.168