Nuneaton railway station
Main station building.
|Local authority||Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth|
|Managed by||London Midland|
|Number of platforms||7|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||London and North Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|15 September 1847||Opened as Nuneaton|
|2 June 1924||Renamed Nuneaton Trent Valley|
|5 May 1969||Renamed Nuneaton|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Nuneaton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Nuneaton railway station serves the large town of Nuneaton in Warwickshire, England. The station is managed by London Midland. It is served by three railway lines; the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line, the Birmingham-Leicester-Peterborough Line and the Nuneaton to Coventry branch line. It was known, during the period 1924–1969 as Nuneaton Trent Valley, to distinguish it from the now closed Nuneaton Abbey Street station, but it is now Nuneaton's only railway station, though many local people still refer to it as Trent Valley.
The station was opened in 1847 when the London North Western Railway opened the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line in order to avoid the congested areas of Coventry and Birmingham. A second station, Nuneaton Abbey Street, was opened in 1873 to link the nearby cities of Birmingham and Leicester and also to link Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Coalville via the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway in order to access the large coal reserves located there.
Nuneaton was historically served by several other stations, Including Abbey Street station, Stockingford station, and Chilvers Coton station. All of these stations were closed under the Beeching Axe of 1963 leaving only the present one. In addition, on 18 January 1965 the Coventry – Nuneaton Line closed to passengers.
The Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway Line was closed in 1965 and its track lifted in 1970. Part of it was later reopened as the heritage Battlefield Line.
On 6 June 1975 six people died and 38 were injured in the Nuneaton rail crash just south of the station.
The Coventry – Nuneaton Line reopened to passengers in 1988 as did Bedworth station. This service continues to operate.
In 2004 two extra platforms were built on the site of the former goods loop and engineers' sidings. These new platforms - 6 and 7 - were to accommodate the Birmingham - Leicester - Stansted Airport services and reduce the number of conflicting movements across Nuneaton South Junction by reinstating a disused bridge. This work also removed the pointwork which had allowed trains to run from Coventry to Leicester via a reversal at Nuneaton.
- West Coast Main Line
Virgin Trains services from London Euston to Crewe, Chester, Holyhead, Liverpool, Blackpool North and Manchester also call during peak hours. Until December 2008, all services from London were provided by Virgin Trains when London Midland's Crewe services were introduced.
Great North Western Railway have been given permission to run six trains a day from London to Blackpool North from 2018, with conditional permission for a stop at Nuneaton dependent upon future capacity after infrastructural work.
- Birmingham to Peterborough Line
CrossCountry operate two trains per hour, westbound to Birmingham New Street, and eastbound to Leicester, one of which continues to Stansted Airport via Peterborough and Cambridge. All services on this line use platforms 6 and 7.
- Coventry to Nuneaton Line
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Motive Power Depot
The LNWR opened a small locomotive depot in 1847 which was used until 1878 when it was replaced by a larger facility. The engine sheds were doubled in size in 1888 and enlarged still further in 1892. This was an important freight Depot for the West Coast Main Line and its connections at Trent Valley Station, also catering for local passenger services. It was located to the south of the station between the main line and that to Coventry. The depot closed 6 June 1966 and has since been demolished.
- "Warning Have you paid". Department for Transport / London Midland. 2008. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
- Timetables London Midland
- Timetables Virgin Trains
- Topham, Gwyn. "Virgin has a rival: GNWR to run London to Blackpool west coast rail service". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Timetables CrossCountry
- Griffiths, Roger; Smith, Paul (1999). The directory of British engine Sheds and Principal Locomotive Servicing Points: 1. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 155. ISBN 0-86093-542-6.
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- Train times and station information for Nuneaton railway station from National Rail
- Historical photographs of Nuneaton Station at warwickshirerailways.com