Lichfield City railway station

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Lichfield City National Rail
Lichfield City station, David Kemp, geograph 2935723.jpg
Location
Place Lichfield
Local authority Staffordshire
Grid reference SK119091
Operations
Station code LIC
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.621 million
2012/13 Increase 0.638 million
2013/14 Increase 0.643 million
2014/15 Increase 0.685 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.680 million
History
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lichfield City from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Lichfield City is one of two railway stations serving the city of Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England. It is situated in the city-centre, and is towards the northern end of the Cross-City Line 17¼ miles (28 km) north east of Birmingham New Street. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Midland. The other station serving Lichfield is Lichfield Trent Valley on the city outskirts.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Lichfield City Station in 1849

The station opened in 1849, on the South Staffordshire Railway's line from Lichfield Trent Valley to Walsall and Dudley. This later became part of the London and North Western Railway. The architect for the South Staffordshire Railway was Mr Edward Adams of London and the station building built in 1849 was a modest creation in a Tudor style, with tall gables and chimneys.[1] Services to Birmingham began in 1884, when a branch to Sutton Coldfield opened, connecting with an earlier LNWR line. This original station was demolished in 1882 when the present one was built to accommodate these additional services. The original station stood further east than the present one. It was approached from the city by a path which ran across Levett's Field and up some brick steps in front of the station, these can still be seen near the present Fire Station.[1]

Recent history[edit]

The station platform

Passenger trains northwards via Trent Valley station to Burton upon Trent ceased in January 1965, along with trains to Walsall so Lichfield City became the northern terminus of the line from Birmingham. This later became part of the Cross-City Line. In 1988 under British Rail, the line was extended back to Trent Valley. Lichfield City has retained considerable character.[2]

The line to Walsall subsequently closed to all traffic in March 1984, except for the portion as far as Anglesey sidings (near Hammerwich), which was retained to serve a Charringtons oil terminal. Traffic from there ceased in 2002 and the line has been disused since then (though the track remains intact).

In June 1990 the station was in the news after an off-duty soldier was shot and killed, and two others were wounded when two IRA gunmen opened fire.[3] A plaque commemorating the incident is situated in the station.

The South Staffordshire Line[edit]

The South Staffordshire Line from Lichfield Trent Valley to Burton on Trent is often used for diversions (when the route via Tamworth is closed for engineering work), as well as for occasional freight trains and empty stock transfers.

Facilities[edit]

The station has a staffed ticket office, located at street level on Station Road. This is open throughout the week from early morning until mid-evening. A self-service ticket machine is also provided in the ticket hall for use when the ticket office is closed or for collecting pre-paid tickets. At platform level, there are toilets and a waiting room. Customer help points, CIS displays and automated announcements provide train running information. Step-free access is available to both the ticket hall and platforms (the latter via lift from the subway).[4]

Services[edit]

Monday-Saturday[edit]

Southbound

  • 2 trains per hour (tph) to Redditch, of which:
  • One starts here calling at all stations except Shenstone and Duddeston
  • One from Lichfield Trent Valley calling at all stations except Duddeston
  • 2 tph to Longbridge, of which:
  • One starts here calling at all stations except Shenstone and Duddeston
  • One from Lichfield Trent Valley calling at all stations except Duddeston

Northbound

Sunday[edit]

On Sundays, there are two trains per hour southbound to Redditch, and two per hour northbound to Lichfield Trent Valley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clayton, Howard (1981), Cathedral City: A Look at Victorian Lichfield, Abottsford Publishing, p. 46, ISBN 978-0-9503563-1-0 
  2. ^ Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Lichfield City station
  3. ^ New York Times
  4. ^ Lichfield City station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2017 Edition, Table 69 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
London Midland
Terminus London Midland
Historical railways
Line and station open
London and North Western Railway
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 52°40′49″N 1°49′33″W / 52.68017°N 1.82571°W / 52.68017; -1.82571