Norton Bridge railway station

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Norton Bridge
Norton Bridge station - 2009-03-08.jpg
Place Norton Bridge
Area Borough of Stafford
Grid reference SJ872298
Original company Grand Junction Railway
Pre-grouping London & North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland & Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
Annual rail passenger usage
2002/03 * Decrease 4,793
2004/05 * Decrease 2,080
2005/06 * Decrease 585
2006/07 * Decrease 341
4 July 1837 (1837-07-04) First station opened
14 October 1876 Station resited
17 May 2003 Service suspended
26 October 2017 (2017-10-26) Formally closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Norton Bridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Norton Bridge railway station was a railway station located four miles north-west of Stafford on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) near the village of Norton Bridge, Staffordshire, England.

The station was opened by the Grand Junction Railway in 1837[1] but closed in 2017, although no stopping services had ran since 2003.

The main line platforms were removed before electrification in the 1960s when the current island platform was built for Manchester via Stoke-on-Trent services.[2] Passenger services ceased in May 2003 when Central Trains services between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent were withdrawn and replaced by BakerBus route X1.[3] In 2004 the footbridge was removed in order to improve freight clearances.[4]

From 2007, the Office of Rail Regulation had not included it in its station usage figures.[5]

The nearby junction between the Crewe and Stoke routes is an important one on the West Coast Main Line, as such during the 1960s modernisation of the line, the junction and some of the surrounding main lines were placed under the control of a new power signal box built to a similar design to that still standing at Wolverhampton. The Norton Bridge signal box was notable for its use of an experimental Westinghouse solid-state interlocking system for some years,[6] later being converted to a conventional relay-based interlocking; this signal box features briefly in the British Transport Films production Thirty Million Letters. It closed altogether in 2004,[7] control passing instead to the signal control centre at Stoke-on-Trent, although the lower storey still remains in situ as a relay room.

In March 2016, a flyover was opened to the north of the station to allow the Stoke branch to be fully grade-separated from the main line to Crewe. Services to/from Manchester now use the slow lines from Stafford, a new junction near Little Bridgeford and the new flyover instead of having to make potentially conflicting moves across the flat junction as before.[8]

In October 2016, the Department for Transport began a consultation process to formally close the station and withdraw its subsidy of the replacement bus service now operated by D&G Bus.[4][9][10] The closure took effect on 26 October 2017.[11] However the bus subsidy will continue until March 2019 to give the Staffordshire County Council time to decide on the future of the service.[12][13]


  1. ^ Drake, James (1838). Drake’s Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway (1838). Moorland Reprints. ISBN 0903485257. 
  2. ^ "Crewe-Stafford electrification" Railway Gazette 28 December 1962 page 748
  3. ^ Stations close to trains BBC News 16 May 2003
  4. ^ a b Milner, Chris, ed. (November 2016). "Norton Bridge 2017 closure plan moves step nearer". The Railway Magazine. 162 (1388): 9. 
  5. ^ Cheesewright, Phil (2009-04-20). "Station usage 2007/2008" (PDF). Delta Rail. p. Page 8. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
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  8. ^ £250m upgrade improves railway near Stafford as new Norton Bridge flyover opens Network Rail 30 March 2016
  9. ^ Norton Bridge Station Closure - Open Consulation Department for Transport 19 October 2016
  10. ^ "Government plans Norton Bridge station closure" Rail Magazine issue 813 9 November 2016 page 25
  11. ^ Closure Ratification Notice - Norton Bridge Station Office of Rail & Road 26 October 2017
  12. ^ Summary to the responses to consultation to proposed closure of Norton Bridge Station Department for Transport 2017
  13. ^ Norton Bridge Closure Documents Office of Rail & Road 25 August 2017

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Media related to Norton Bridge railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station National Rail Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  Central Trains
Stafford to Manchester Line
Line and station open
Line and station open
  London & North Western Railway
Grand Junction Railway
  Standon Bridge
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 52°51′57″N 2°11′25″W / 52.86583°N 2.19028°W / 52.86583; -2.19028