Nuneaton railway station

Coordinates: 52°31′35″N 1°27′49″W / 52.52639°N 1.46361°W / 52.52639; -1.46361
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Station forecourt
General information
LocationNuneaton, Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth
Coordinates52°31′35″N 1°27′49″W / 52.52639°N 1.46361°W / 52.52639; -1.46361
Grid referenceSP364921
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Other information
Station codeNUN
ClassificationDfT category C1
Original companyLondon and North Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
15 September 1847Opened as Nuneaton
1873Rebuilt and enlarged
1915Rebuilt and enlarged
2 June 1924Renamed Nuneaton Trent Valley
5 May 1969Renamed Nuneaton
2004Platforms 6 & 7 added
2018/19Increase 1.364 million
 Interchange  Increase 0.550 million
2019/20Decrease 1.343 million
 Interchange Increase 0.704 million
2020/21Decrease 0.251 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.110 million
2021/22Increase 0.844 million
 Interchange Increase 0.320 million
2022/23Increase 0.960 million
 Interchange Increase 0.499 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Nuneaton railway station serves the market town of Nuneaton in Warwickshire, England. The station is managed by West Midlands Trains. It is served by three railway lines: the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line (WCML), the Birmingham-Leicester-Peterborough line and the Coventry to Nuneaton branch line. The station was known, during the period 1924–1969, as Nuneaton Trent Valley, to distinguish it from the now closed Nuneaton Abbey Street station; many local people still refer to it as Trent Valley.

The station lies on the north-eastern edge of Nuneaton town centre, just outside the ring road.


19th and 20th century[edit]

Photograph of the original Nuneaton station of 1847. This was rebuilt in 1873 and again in 1915

The original Nuneaton station was opened on 15 September 1847, when the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) opened the Trent Valley Line; the branch line to Coventry opened in 1850. The original station, like many others on the line, had been designed by John William Livock. A simple two platform structure, it became inadequate to cope with the growing traffic, and was rebuilt on a larger scale with extra platforms in 1873. It was rebuilt and enlarged again in 1915, with its current buildings, which were designed by Reginald Wynn Owen. The most prominent feature of which is the clock tower.[1][2]

The station clock tower, dating from 1915.

In 1873, another line had opened: the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway, to link Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Coalville in order to access the large coal reserves located there. The line was closed to passengers in 1931, but remained open for goods until 1971.[1] Part of it was later reopened as the heritage Battlefield Line.

A second station in Nuneaton, Nuneaton Midland, had been opened by the Midland Railway in 1864 on the line between Birmingham and Leicester. When both the LNWR and Midland Railway became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1924, both station were renamed; the present station became known as Nuneaton Trent Valley and the former Midland station becoming Nuneaton Abbey Street. Abbey Street station was closed in 1968 and the present station reverted to being called just Nuneaton; it took on the Birmingham to Leicester services.[1]

Other stations serving Nuneaton included the aforementioned Abbey Street and two suburban stations at Stockingford, on the line towards Birmingham, and Chilvers Coton on the line to Coventry. These were all closed in the 1960s, on implementation of the 1963 Reshaping of British Railways report, leaving only the present station. In addition, on 18 January 1965, the Coventry – Nuneaton line closed to passengers, reopening to passengers in 1988.[1] In 2016, a new station in Nuneaton, Bermuda Park was opened on this line.

21st century[edit]

In 2004, Network Rail built two new platforms, numbered 6 and 7, on the eastern side of the station. These were built as part of a grade separation project to separate trains on the Birmingham to Peterborough line from those on the West Coast Main Line; this was to avoid the need for Birmingham-Leicester trains to cause conflicting movements by running across the WCML on the level. A disused flyover north of the station, which carries the Birmingham to Peterborough line over the WCML, was restored to use; a connection was built between this and the new platforms, which were dedicated to the Birmingham-Leicester-East Anglia services.[3][4][5]

In November 2012, the 0.9 mile Nuneaton North Chord opened to the north of the station. The chord allows freight trains approaching Nuneaton from Felixstowe, via the Birmingham–Peterborough line, to join the northbound WCML after crossing the flyover, allowing them to avoid conflicts with southbound main line trains.[6][7][8][9]

Map showing the railways around Nuneaton (Nuneaton on right).

Layout and facilities[edit]

The station has a total of seven through platforms, consisting of one side platform (platform 1) on the western side of the station, and three island platforms containing platforms 2 to 7, all of which are linked by a footbridge which has full lift access. The main station building is adjacent to platform one and contains the main facilities, including a staffed ticket office and a cafe shop.[10]


A Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino arrives at the platform.
The two platforms 6 & 7 added in 2004, served by the Birmingham-Leicester-Peterborough Line.
West Coast Main Line

West Midlands Trains operate an hourly service, southbound to London Euston via Rugby and Milton Keynes Central, and northbound to Crewe calling at all stations (except for Polesworth which receives only a 06:37 Monday-Saturday service from Nuneaton northbound) via Stafford.[11]

Avanti West Coast also operate an hourly service, southbound to London Euston non-stop, and northbound to Manchester Piccadilly via Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport.[12][13]

Birmingham–Peterborough line

CrossCountry operate two trains per hour, westbound to Birmingham New Street, and eastbound to Leicester, one of these continues to Stansted Airport via Peterborough and Cambridge. All services on this line use platforms 6 and 7.[14][15]

Coventry–Nuneaton line

West Midlands Trains also provide an hourly service southbound to Leamington Spa via Coventry.[16] This normally uses platform 1.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
West Midlands RailwayTerminus
London Northwestern Railway
Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast

1975 accident[edit]

In the early hours of 6 June 1975, an overnight sleeper train from London to Glasgow derailed and crashed just south of Nuneaton station, killing six people and injuring 38. It was caused when the train ran onto a length of temporary track with a speed restriction at too high a speed. Lighting equipment illuminating a board giving advance warning of the speed restriction failed; this led the driver to wrongly conclude that it had been lifted, so he failed to slow down. One of the locomotives mounted the platform, causing damage to the station. A plaque commemorating the victims of the crash was unveiled at the station in August 2015.[17]

Motive Power Depot[edit]

The loco yard at Nuneaton Depot in 1953

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.[18] This was an important freight Depot for the WCML 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Nuneaton Trent Valley Station". Warwickshire Railways. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ "L. & N.W. Railway Company's Enterprise. Opening of a new station at Nuneaton". Coventry Standard. British Newspaper Archive. 1 October 1915. Retrieved 9 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "NUNEATON UPGRADE GATHERS PACE WITH £16 MILLION CONTRACT AWARD". Network Rail. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "West Coast upgrade enters the final stage". Railway Gazette International. 20 March 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. ^ Harrison, Claire (3 September 2021). "Nuneaton Railway Station's clock and footbridge gets £4m makeover". CoventryLive. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Nuneaton North chord freight line now open" (Press release). Network Rail. 15 November 2012. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Work starts on Nuneaton chord". Rail Magazine. 10 August 2011. p. 20.
  8. ^ "Nuneaton north chord officially opened". The Railway Magazine. No. 1341. January 2013. p. 9.
  9. ^ "New Nuneaton North Chord Opens". Today's Railways UK. No. 133. January 2013. p. 10.
  10. ^ "Nuneaton station plan". National Rail. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Timetable | Crewe to London via Nuneaton | 21 May to 9 December 2023". London Northwestern Railway. 21 May 2023.
  12. ^ "Scheduled timetable book for 11 December 2022 to 20 May 2023" (PDF). Avanti West Coast.
  13. ^ "Scheduled timetable book for 21 May 2023 to 9 December 2023" (PDF). Avanti West Coast.
  14. ^ "Stansted, Cambridge & Nottingham to Birmingham & Cardiff - Sunday 11 December 2022 – Saturday 20 May 2023" (PDF). Cross Country Trains. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  15. ^ "Stansted, Cambridge & Nottingham to Birmingham & Cardiff - Sunday 21 May 2023 – Saturday 09 December 2023" (PDF). Cross Country Trains. 21 May 2023.
  16. ^ "Train times | Leamington Spa - Nuneaton | Timetable from Sunday 10 December 2023". West Midlands Railway. December 2023.
  17. ^ "Nuneaton Memorial unveiled 40 years on from Nuneaton train disaster". Coventry Telegraph. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  18. ^ 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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