Barrow-upon-Soar railway station

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Coordinates: 52°44′57.88″N 1°8′43.94″W / 52.7494111°N 1.1455389°W / 52.7494111; -1.1455389

National Rail
Barrow upon Soar railway station August 2018.jpg
LocationBarrow-upon-Soar, Borough of Charnwood
Grid referenceSK577172
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Other information
Station codeBWS
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
4 March 1968Closed
27 May 1994Reopened
2015/16Increase 98,708
2016/17Decrease 87,792
2017/18Decrease 80,612
2018/19Increase 91,964
2019/20Increase 100,446
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Barrow-upon-Soar railway station serves the large village of Barrow-upon-Soar in Leicestershire, England. The station is located on the Midland Main Line between Leicester and Loughborough, 108 miles 52 chains (174.9 km) north of London St Pancras.


The first station at Barrow was opened in 1840 by the Midland Counties Railway, which shortly joined the North Midland Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway to form the Midland Railway.[1]

It was originally known simply as Barrow, but became Barrow-upon-Soar in 1871. When Quorn and Woodhouse was opened by the rival Great Central Railway on the opposite (western) side of Quorn, it became Barrow-upon-Soar and Quorn in 1899. Neither station, in fact, was ideally located for Quorn being about equidistant from its centre.

Barrow was the only station on the line to retain much of its original MCR architecture. However it was completely demolished following its closure in 1968.[2]

A new station was opened a little to the southeast of the original site on 27 May 1994 as part of phase one of the Ivanhoe Line.

In August 2016, a road bridge by the station partially collapsed during maintenance work, severely disrupting train services.[3]


The station is unstaffed and facilities are limited although there is a self-service ticket machine for ticket purchases as well as shelters and modern help points on both platforms. Bicycle storage is also available at the station.[4]

Step-free access is not available to either of the platforms at the station.


All services at Barrow-upon-Soar are operated by East Midlands Railway using Class 153, 156 and 158 DMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[5]

Fast trains on the Midland Main Line pass by the station but do not stop.

The station is closed on Sundays.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
East Midlands Railway
Ivanhoe Line
Monday-Saturday only



  1. ^ Higginson, M. (1989). The Midland Counties Railway: A Pictorial Survey. Derby: Midland Railway Trust.
  2. ^ Radford, B. (1983). Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby. London: Bloomsbury Books.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Barrow-upon-Soar station information". East Midlands Railway. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  5. ^ Table 53 National Rail timetable, May 2020

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