Polesworth railway station

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Polesworth
National Rail
Polesworth station, geograph-3621145-by-Nigel-Thompson.jpg
General information
LocationPolesworth, North Warwickshire
England
Grid referenceSK264032
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Platforms1
Other information
Station codePSW
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Opened1847
Passengers
2016/17Increase 1,270
2017/18Decrease 262
2018/19Decrease 186
2019/20Decrease 96
2020/21Decrease 22
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Polesworth railway station serves the village of Polesworth in Warwickshire, England. It is situated on the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line.

Since 2005, only the northbound platform has been accessible to passengers due to the removal of the footbridge, and the station has been served only by a parliamentary train service of one northbound train a day. In 2018/19 it was the least used station in Warwickshire and in the West Midlands and the ninth least used station in Great Britain.[1]

History[edit]

Polesworth station was opened with the line on 15 September 1847 by the London and North Western Railway.[2]

The line through the station was originally double track, but was widened to quadruple track between 1901 and 1903. A large gap exists between the tracks in the middle of the station, this is because space was made for a planned island platform which was never built. However, there was a signal box in the space until it was closed in 1990.[3]

In the decades before 2004, the station was served only by an infrequent local stopping service which ran between Stafford and Rugby. When the Coventry to Nuneaton Line was reopened to passenger trains in 1987, the service was diverted to terminate at Coventry instead of Rugby. The May 1974 timetable shows six daily trains between Stafford and Rugby in each direction, calling at Polesworth. The May 2000 timetable shows the service reduced to five daily trains between Stafford and Coventry.[3]

Between May 2004, and December 2005 Polesworth station was closed due to the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line.[2] During this period, the footbridge to platform 2 was removed by contractors and was not replaced. Thus, since the station reopened, it has received only a single daily parliamentary service by London Northwestern Railway, in the northbound direction only.[4] This consists of a Northampton to Crewe train, calling at 06:50 Monday to Friday and at 07:22 Saturday.[5]

In 2005 the Strategic Rail Authority called for Polesworth station to be closed, in its "West Midlands Route Utilisation Strategy", noting that each train that calls there receives on average fewer than one passenger.[6]

Accidents[edit]

On 21 July 1947, an express train from Euston to Liverpool derailed at speed on a curve around one mile south of the station, resulting in five deaths and nineteen serious injuries, with another 45 sustaining minor injury. The inquiry blamed the accident on the poor condition of the track, which was near the end of its life and in need of renewal; a major contributing factor was the backlog of track maintenance and renewals which had built up due to World War II.[7]

Another derailment of a passenger train occurred at the station on 19 November 1951, which overturned the locomotive and caused minor injuries to two people. This was blamed on the driver missing a caution signal, and then running over a crossover between the fast and slow lines at excessive speed.[8]

Future proposals[edit]

In July 2019 Warwickshire County Council's Draft Rail Strategy for 2019–2034 proposed that a new station called Polesworth Parkway could be opened at a different location in proximity to the A5 road and B5000, which if approved could go ahead between 2027 and 2033. No mention is made of what could happen to the existing station.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Office of Rail and Road statistics".
  2. ^ a b Quick, Michael. "Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain" (PDF). Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 360. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  3. ^ a b Mitchall, Vic &, Smith, Keith (2011). Rugby to Stafford: The Trent Valley Line. Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-908174-07-9.
  4. ^ "Why do some stations have just one train a week?". rail.co.uk. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Your UK Train Journey Planner – National Rail Enquiries".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "MoT Accident Report, 1947" (PDF). Railways Archive. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  8. ^ "MoT Accident Report, 1951" (PDF). Railways Archive. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Warwickshire Rail Strategy 2019–2034" (PDF). Warwickshire County Council. p. 25. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Atherstone   London Northwestern Railway
Northampton to Crewe
Limited Service
  Tamworth

Coordinates: 52°37′34″N 1°36′36″W / 52.626°N 1.610°W / 52.626; -1.610