Nottingham London Road railway station

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Nottingham London Road
The station in 2008.
Place Nottingham
Area Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Grid reference SK580394
Original company Ambergate, Nottingham, Boston and Eastern Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway and Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms ?
3 October 1857 Opened as Nottingham London Road[1]
15 March 1899 Original station renamed Nottingham London Road Low Level.
24 May 1900 High level station opened.
22 May 1944 Low level closed to passengers.
3 July 1967 High level closed to passengers.[1]
4 December 1972 Goods services withdrawn[2]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Nottingham London Road railway station was opened by the Great Northern Railway on London Road Nottingham in 1857.[3]



The station was opened in 1857 by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) at the terminus of its line from Grantham, originally built by the Ambergate, Nottingham, Boston and Eastern Junction Railway.[4] The station was designed by the local architect Thomas Chambers Hine. GNR trains originally used the Midland station in Nottingham, but there were frequent disputes, especially when the GNR began running through trains from London King's Cross via Grantham in a shorter time than the Midland Railway could manage. To solve the problem, the GNR opened its own station served by a new line from near Netherfield, adjacent to the Midland line whose tracks it had previously used.

When Nottingham Victoria railway station was opened in 1900, the Great Northern had to construct a new chord line, carried mainly on brick arches and steel girders, by means of a junction at Trent Lane, east of London Road, to Weekday Cross where it joined the Great Central main line. The new chord line included a station on an island platform, reached by means of a staircase from the booking office on the same approach road to the earlier London Road terminus. To avoid confusion the new station was designated 'High Level' and the old station renamed 'Low Level'. The transfer to Victoria Station gave the Great Northern a prestigious location and avoided their need to reverse trains to and from Grantham, Derbyshire, and north of Nottingham. Passenger services at the low level station were substantially reduced with the opening of the Victoria station and the last passenger service ran on 22 May 1944. The station however remained open as a mail depot for troops during the Second World War before becoming a parcels depot until the 1970s.[5] Passengers services to the High Level station were withdrawn on 3 July 1967 when the service to Grantham was diverted to Nottingham Midland station. This left the only service using Victoria Station as that to Leicester Central and Rugby Central on the former Great Central route.

High Level platform in 1992
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Terminus   London Midland Region of British Railways
(Derby) Friargate Line
  Gedling & Carlton
Terminus   London Midland Region of British Railways
Nottingham to Grantham Line
  Nottingham Racecourse
Nottingham Victoria   Great Northern Railway
Nottingham to Grantham
Nottingham to Newark
Nottingham to Shirebrook
Nottingham to Basford & Bulwell
Nottingham Victoria   Great Northern Railway
Nottingham Suburban

Present day[edit]

Although severely damaged by fire in 1996, the station building has been restored and was converted to a Holmes Place health and fitness club.[6] It is now used as a Virgin Active Health Club. The High Level station was demolished in 2006.[7]


  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 175.
  2. ^ Clinker, C.R. (October 1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830–1977. Bristol: Avon-AngliA Publications & Services. p. 103. ISBN 0-905466-19-5. 
  3. ^ British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer.
  4. ^ Kingscott, G., (2004) Lost Railways of Nottinghamshire, Newbury: Countryside Books
  5. ^ LNWR GNR Joint Railway, "London Road".
  6. ^ Shannon, Paul (2007). Nottinghamshire (British Railways Past and Present). Kettering, Northants: Past & Present Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-85895-253-6. 
  7. ^ Reed, Hayden (March 2007). The Rise & Fall of Nottingham's Railway Network, Volume 1 – Lines in the City. Nottingham: Book Law Publications. p. 99. ISBN 1-901945-70-7. 
  • A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. Volume 9 The East Midlands, Robin Leleux.

Coordinates: 52°56′53″N 1°08′21″W / 52.9481°N 1.1391°W / 52.9481; -1.1391