Bedworth railway station

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Bedworth National Rail
Bedworth station from road bridge 3u07.JPG
Bedworth railway station
Location
Place Bedworth
Local authority Nuneaton and Bedworth
Grid reference SP362869
Operations
Station code BEH
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 53,116
2011/12 Increase 61,130
2012/13 Increase 61,598
2013/14 Increase 70,106
2014/15 Increase 77,628
History
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
12 September 1850 Station opened
18 January 1965 Station closed
16 May 1988 Station reopened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bedworth from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

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 London Midland.

History[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. As a result, trains on the line currently run between Coventry and Nuneaton only.

Future[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 in both directions between Coventry and Nuneaton. All services on the line are operated by a single Class 153 Sprinter unit.[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
  3. ^ "Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade given go ahead". BBC. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade approved". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "London Midland hires rolling stock to plug sports gap". Railnews. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Midland
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