Long Eaton railway station

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Long Eaton
National Rail
The station building
LocationLong Eaton, Derbyshire, Erewash
Grid referenceSK481321
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Other information
Station codeLGE
ClassificationDfT category D
2016/17Decrease 0.635 million
2017/18Increase 0.653 million
2018/19Decrease 0.619 million
 Interchange  7,295
2019/20Increase 0.649 million
 Interchange Increase 9,148
2020/21Decrease 0.143 million
 Interchange Decrease 1,717
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Long Eaton railway station (Sawley Junction until 1968) serves the town of Long Eaton in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the Midland Main Line and the Derby-Nottingham line 120 miles 28 chains (193.7 km) north of London St Pancras. The station is managed by East Midlands Railway, but CrossCountry operates some services.


The station as illustrated in the Midland Counties Railway Companion of 1840

The line was opened by the Midland Counties Railway in 1839, which shortly joined the North Midland Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway to form the Midland Railway.

Once known as Sawley Junction, Long Eaton is the fourth station of that name. The original Long Eaton stations were further north.

The first Sawley station was a mile out of the village on Sawley Lane, Breaston. First used in 1839, when the line opened, it was the third station from Nottingham. It was originally called Breaston, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with Beeston.

This station at Sawley Junction opened in 1888 on Tamworth Road. Since another station had been opened not far away at Draycott in 1852, the original Sawley closed in 1930.

On 9 October 1869 a Midland Railway passenger train was involved in a rear-end collision with another train at Long Eaton Junction resulting in seven deaths and another twelve injured. The investigation blamed fog, inadequate braking power, excessive speed and fog-man error for the collision.[1]

In 1932, the LMS announced that Sawley Junction would be known as Sawley Junction for Long Eaton.[2]

Since late 2009, Long Eaton has become a penalty fare station. Tickets must be purchased from the ticket office or self-service machine before boarding a train.


A Map of East Midlands Railway InterCity services showing the current service pattern each hour

Rail routes run north–south through Long Eaton along the route known as the Midland Main Line, going south to Loughborough, Leicester, Luton and London; and north to Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield.

A major junction south of the station at Trent links the cross country route to Nottingham. West bound services to Birmingham travel via Derby and the Cross Country Route.

Train operators using the station include CrossCountry and East Midlands Railway.[3]

The usual Monday–Saturday service pattern is as follows:

On Sundays, the London to Sheffield trains call hourly each way, the Matlock trains every two hours and there is an hourly Derby to Nottingham stopping service in each direction, but no direct service to Birmingham.

Current station[edit]

The usable length of the station platforms is shorter than the Intercity trains which stop here. Passengers arriving from London, Derby or Sheffield usually have to get off from the front four carriages. Cycles are sometimes stored in vestibules away from the cycle lockers, depending on the orientation of the train.

The station is staffed between 06:00 and 17:30 during the day and has three automatic ticket machines installed externally, which can be used day and night: at the station front and on platform 1 and 2 inside the platform shelter.

It was planned that both platforms would be extended by up to 10 metres by no later than 2012.[4] This was not completed and the platform has not been extended.

Developments along the Erewash line are expected to bring changes to Long Eaton station. A plan drawn up in 2011 recommended a new Derby to Mansfield service via new stations at Breaston & Draycott, Long Eaton West (renamed from Long Eaton), Long Eaton Central, Stapleford & Sandiacre, Ilkeston, Eastwood & Langley Mill (renamed from Langley Mill), Selston & Somercotes and then to Pinxton via new trackbed connecting with the Mansfield line from Nottingham at Kirkby in Ashfield.[5]


  1. ^ "Retford to Great Grimsby : 1869 Report" (PDF). Railwaysarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "The L.M.S. Railway". Derby Daily Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 30 November 1932. Retrieved 29 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Tables 53, 56 & 57
  4. ^ "Network Rail CP4 Delivery Plan 2009 Enhancements programme: statement of scope, outputs and milestones" (PDF). Network Rail. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Network Rail Plan For Nottingham, Derby and Mansfield services". Network Rail. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  • The Nottingham and Derby Railway Companion, 1839, republished 1979 with a foreword by J. B. Radford, Derbyshire Record Society
  • C. Banks, 1996. British Railways Past and Present: Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Past and Present Publishing Ltd
  • M. Higginson, 1989. The Midland Counties Railway: A Pictorial Survey, Derby: Midland Railway Trust

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Railway
Midland Main Line
East Midlands Railway
Derwent Valley Line
  Historical railways  
Draycott and Breaston
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Midland Main Line
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Midland Main Line
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 52°53′06″N 1°17′14″W / 52.88500°N 1.28722°W / 52.88500; -1.28722