Bedworth railway station

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Bedworth
National Rail
Bedworth station from road bridge 3u07.JPG
Bedworth railway station
LocationBedworth, Nuneaton and Bedworth
England
Grid referenceSP362869
Managed byWest Midlands Trains
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeBEH
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
12 September 1850Opened
18 January 1965Closed
16 May 1988Reopened
Passengers
2015/16Increase 83,086
2016/17Increase 85,310
2017/18Increase 91,794
2018/19Increase 101,306
2019/20Increase 102,112
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Bedworth railway station serves the town of Bedworth in Warwickshire, England. It is on the Coventry to Nuneaton Line 6.25 miles (10 km) north of Coventry railway station. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

History[edit]

Original station[edit]

The original Bedworth station in 1961. It was closed in 1965.

The original Bedworth station operated between 1850 and 1965. The London and North Western Railway (LNWR) opened the station, along with the Coventry to Nuneaton Line on 12 September 1850.

On 18 January 1965 British Railways (BR) withdrew passenger services from the line and closed Bedworth station, along with all of the other intermediate stations on the line.[1]

Reopening[edit]

BR resumed passenger services on the line in 1987 and reopened Bedworth station in 1988. The official opening was on 10 May 1988 and normal passenger services operated from 16 May 1988. The rebuilt station was constructed on the site of the original, and was built with platforms long enough to hold a three coach train. The construction cost in 1988 was £200,000 (approximately £479,000 in 2014 prices[2]). Half of the cost was met by Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.[1]

Until 2004 Bedworth station had direct links to Leicester and the East Midlands. However, as part of changes to the track layout at Nuneaton station, the link to the Nuneaton to Leicester Line was removed and thereafter trains on the line ran between Coventry and Nuneaton only.

Upgrade[edit]

On 14 December 2011, the UK Government announced an £18.8 million project to upgrade the line, that includes Bedworth platforms being lengthened and the service frequency being upgraded from hourly to half-hourly.[3][4] The platform lengthening was completed in early 2015 and two new stations on the line, Bermuda Park and Coventry Arena, opened in January 2016.

Services[edit]

Bedworth is served by hourly trains northbound to Nuneaton and southbound to Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa. On Sundays, hourly services operate from late morning onwards with southbound trains terminating at Coventry.[5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hurst, Geoffrey (1993). LNWR Branch Lines of West Leicestershire & East Warwickshire (First ed.). Milepost Publications. ISBN 0-947796-16-9.
  2. ^ "Bank of England inflation calculator". Archived from the original on 22 November 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade given go ahead". BBC. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade approved". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 8 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Train times 19 May to 14 December 2019" (PDF). West Midlands Railway. April 2019.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
West Midlands Railway
  Historical railways  
Hawkesbury Lane
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Coventry to Nuneaton Line
  Chilvers Coton
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 52°28′44″N 1°28′01″W / 52.479°N 1.467°W / 52.479; -1.467