Bulwell station

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Bulwell National Rail Nottingham Express Transit
Bulwell- railway station and tram stop (geograph 2036427).jpg
Place Bulwell
Local authority Nottingham
Grid reference SK540450
Station code BLW
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms National Rail - 1
Nottingham Express Transit - 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Decrease 48,162
2011/12 Increase 52,840
2012/13 Increase 54,060
2013/14 Decrease 46,592
2014/15 Increase 50,952
2 October 1848 Opened
11 August 1952 Renamed Bulwell Market
1964 Closed
24 May 1994 Reopened as Bulwell
March 2004 Tram stop opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bulwell from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Bulwell station, previously known as Bulwell Market station, is a railway station and tram stop in Bulwell, Nottingham, England. It is located on the Robin Hood Line and the Hucknall branch of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET).


Bulwell station opened on 2 October 1848, with the opening of the Midland Railway's line from Nottingham to Mansfield. It was the first of several stations to serve Bulwell, including Bulwell Common, Bulwell Forest and Basford and Bulwell. On 11 August 1952 it was renamed Bulwell Market, in order to distinguish it from the other Bulwell stations. It was closed to passenger traffic, along with all the other stations on the line, in 1964, but the railway line itself was retained for goods traffic. In 1993, this line was reopened by British Rail to passenger traffic as part of the new Robin Hood Line, and, on 24 May 1994, the station reopened under its original name, the other Bulwell stations having closed in the meantime.[1][2]

In March 2004, the Nottingham Express Transit tram line opened on an alignment alongside the railway line. The station used to have 2 rail platforms, but the down platform was removed to make way for the Nottingham Express Transit tram stop.

The station used to have a PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets could be bought together giving a saving on the cost of separate tickets. However this was withdrawn due to low usage.[3] A Nottingham and Beeston Plusbus are still valid to Bulwell on buses and trams but cannot be bought for rail journeys starting/ending at Bulwell.[citation needed]



The railway has a single line and platform through the station, with the platform on the opposite side of the railway track from the tram stop. A footbridge links the railway platform with the tram stop, town centre and bus station, crossing both railway and tram tracks. To the south of the station, the line becomes double-track for the rest of its run towards Nottingham. To the north, only a single track is used as far as Hucknall station.

On Monday to Saturday there is generally an hourly daytime service southbound to Nottingham and northbound to Mansfield Woodhouse, with all services before 0900 and after 1730 continuing from Mansfield Woodhouse to Worksop. Sundays see 8 calls each way, though all northbound trains terminate at Mansfield Woodhouse. There is also one daily southbound service Mondays to Fridays from Mansfield Woodhouse that extends through to Peterborough & Norwich, however there is no return train.[4]


The tram stop has an island platform, flanked by twin tram tracks. To the south the twin tracks continue to Highbury Vale tram stop and beyond, but to the north the line becomes single track as far as Bulwell Forest tram stop.

With the opening of NET's phase two, Bulwell is now on NET line 1, which runs from Hucknall through the city centre to Beeston and Chilwell. Trams run at frequencies that vary between 4 and 8 trams per hour, depending on the day and time of day.[5][6]


Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
Preceding station   Nottingham Express Transit Nottingham Express Transit   Following station
Highbury Vale
towards Chilwell
  Line 1   Bulwell Forest
towards Hucknall



  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 48.
  2. ^ "A list of Hucknall dates". hucknalltorkardhistory.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Plusbus changes from 20 May 2012" (PDF). Journey Solutions partners. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  4. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Tables 49 & 55 (Network Rail); Retrieved 30 March 2016
  5. ^ "Extending your Tram Service" (PDF). Nottingham Express Transit. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nottingham Express Transit Phase 2 opens". Railway Gazette. DVV Media UK Ltd. 25 August 2015. Archived from the original on 28 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 

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Coordinates: 52°59′59″N 01°11′44″W / 52.99972°N 1.19556°W / 52.99972; -1.19556