Lapworth railway station
Lapworth station platforms.
|Local authority||District of Warwick|
|Managed by||Chiltern Railways|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|1854||Opened as Kingswood|
|1 May 1902||Renamed Lapworth|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lapworth from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Lapworth railway station serves the village of Kingswood, Warwickshire, near the village of Lapworth from which it takes its name. It has two platforms connected by a footbridge. Most trains are those provided by Chiltern on its London Marylebone/Leamington Spa/Birmingham Snow Hill/Kidderminster route, but these are augmented by a few London Midland services.
The station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1854. It was known as Kingswood until 1 May 1902 when the name was changed to Lapworth to avoid confusion with the station of the same name in Surrey. From 1894, Lapworth was the starting point of a short lived branch line to Henley-in-Arden. The branch was closed as an economy measure during the First World War in 1915.
A footbridge spans the remaining two tracks, and continues to the west of the northbound platform spanning where quadruple tracks once existed. For a brief period prior to the lifting of the quadruple tracks there was a DMU service along what had been the GWR's Paddington - Birkenhead main line. It plied between Wellington (Shropshire) and Lapworth stopping at all the intermediate stations and linking them with Wolverhampton Low Level and Birmingham Snow Hill.
The station is unstaffed; ticketing is restricted to a 'Permit-to-Travel' machine located at the main entrance to the station (off Station Lane) at the north end of the London-bound (southbound) platform. The station can also be accessed via a footpath from Mill Lane.
Accidents and incidents
- On 30 November 1948, locomotive 4150 was running round its train when it was in collision with a passenger train hauled by 5022 Wigmore Castle, which had overrun signals. Eight passengers were injured.
The station has a basic two-hourly service in each direction in the current timetable, provided by the Chiltern Railways Leamington Spa to Birmingham Moor Street service. In peak hours this is augmented by some additional London Midland services to/from Leamington, giving through links to Stourbridge Junction and Kidderminster, and during weekdays two trains a day go to Stratford-upon-Avon. On Sundays a two-hourly service operates, but with through services to and from London Marylebone.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 135. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Butt 1995, pp. 135, 138
- "Henley-in-Arden - Original Station". Warwickshire Railways. Retrieved 25 Oct 2013.
- "Light at the end of the tunnel for Severn 'Prairie'". Steam Railway (Peterborough: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd) (455): 40–42. 17 June 2016. ISSN 0143-7232.
- "Four killed and 50 injured in train crash" The Times (London). Wednesday, 1 December 1948. (51243), col A-B, p. 4.
- GB National Rail Timetable 2016, Table 71
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lapworth railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Lapworth railway station from National Rail
- Historical photographs of Lapworth station at warwickshirerailways.com
- Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Lapworth station
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Worcester - Leamington Spa
Birmingham — Stratford via Solihull
|Terminus||Great Western Railway
Birmingham and Henley in Arden Railway
Line closed, station open