Lelant railway station

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LocationLelant, Cornwall
Coordinates50°11′02″N 5°26′13″W / 50.184°N 5.437°W / 50.184; -5.437Coordinates: 50°11′02″N 5°26′13″W / 50.184°N 5.437°W / 50.184; -5.437
Grid referenceSW547372
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Other information
Station codeLEL
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Key dates
2015/16Increase 8,104
2016/17Increase 8,322
2017/18Increase 9,618
2018/19Increase 10,632
2019/20Increase 21,608
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Lelant railway station is on the waterfront of the Hayle estuary below the village of Lelant in Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is 322 miles (518 km) from London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads. It was opened in 1877 and trains now call on request only.


The old station building

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 June 1877 on their new branch line from St Erth to St Ives. No goods sidings were ever provided at the station, but a line was laid from the station out to sidings on Lelant Wharf where traffic could be transferred between railway wagons and boats. The St Ives branch was laid using 7 ft (2,134 mm) broad gauge, but in October 1888 a third rail was added to the line from St Erth to allow 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge goods trains to reach the wharf. The last broad gauge train ran on Friday 20 May 1892; since the following Monday all trains have been standard gauge.[1]

Goods traffic was withdrawn in May 1956[2] and the station is now unstaffed. The original wooden station building is now a private dwelling and has been extended in a sympathetic style. The village is at the top of the road that climbs the hill opposite the station entrance. The Old Station house was renovated in July 2009[citation needed] and serves cream teas. A level crossing at the St Erth end of the platform gave access to a slipway with the crossing gates hung on granite pillars in the local style. Three of these pillars still stand by the line.


The station is 1 mile (1.6 km) north of St Erth and faces the Hayle Estuary. There is just a single platform, which is on the left of trains arriving from St Erth.[3]

Limited car parking is available, adjacent to the platform. The village is at the top of the road that climbs the hill opposite the station entrance.


The station was served for several years by a very limited service of trains. Since May 2019, due to the reduction of services at Lelant Saltings, the station now has a more regular service with typically a train every two hours in each direction between St Erth and St Ives.

Lelant is a request stop. This means passengers wanting to join the train need to signal to the driver, and those who wish to alight need to inform the conductor.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lelant Saltings   Great Western Railway
St Ives Bay Line
  Carbis Bay


  1. ^ MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway. 2 (1863-1921) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway. ISBN 0-7110-0411-0.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Stanley C (1992). "the St Ives Branch". Great Western Railway Journal. Wild Swan Publications Ltd (Cornish Special Issue): 2–34.
  3. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X.
This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path 0.25 miles (0.40 km)
Next station anticlockwise Carbis Bay 1 mile (1.6 km)
Next station clockwise Lelant Saltings 0.25 miles (0.40 km)

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