Rugby Central railway station
Rugby Central in 1968, less than a year before closure. A Nottingham bound DMU waits at the platform
|Original company||Great Central Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Central Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
|15 March 1899||Opened|
|5 May 1969||Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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It competed with the existing West Coast Main Line route for traffic to London which had served Rugby since the 1830s at Rugby Midland Station, which still exists, but since the closure of Rugby Central has reverted to its original name of "Rugby".
The station was opened on 15 March 1899. It had services between London Marylebone and Manchester Piccadilly via Leicester Central, Nottingham Victoria and Sheffield Victoria. As well as various cross country services to places such as Southampton and Hull.
Rugby Central was roughly midway along the Great Central Main Line (GCML) and was a stopping point for express services as well as a changeover point for local services. Until the early 1960s the station was served by about six London – Manchester expresses daily, and was the terminus for local services from Aylesbury or Woodford Halse to the south, and Leicester Central or Nottingham Victoria from the north. The line was then run down and the express services were removed, leaving only the local services and an infrequent semi-fast service to London.
Most of the GCML was closed on 5 September 1966 under Reshaping of British Railways. On this date, the line south of Rugby Central and north of Nottingham Victoria was closed. The section between Rugby Central and Nottingham (initially Nottingham Victoria, later cut back to Nottingham Arkwright Street) remained open as self-contained branch carrying a DMU operated local passenger service until 3 May 1969; the station formally closed on 5 May.
Buildings and situation
Rugby Central was situated on Hillmorton Road roughly half a mile east of the town centre. It was much smaller and less important than Midland Station. Rugby Central was built to the standard Great Central design with a single island platform which was 600 feet (180 m) long.
The booking office was at street level, built onto the side of the road bridge over the railway with the platform below. The platform was accessed by a covered staircase from the booking office. On the platform there were three waiting rooms and a toilet block, which was the only building not covered by the canopy.
The site today
The station buildings were demolished after closure, although the platform still exists. Rugby Borough Council bought the whole of the former Great Central Railway trackbed through Rugby in 1970, and it is now a nature walk called the Great Central Way.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Braunston and Willoughby
Line and station closed
|Great Central Railway
Line and station closed
In August 2000, Chiltern Railways suggested reopening the former Great Central Main Line between London Marylebone and Rugby Central to a parkway station in Leicestershire near the M1/M6. This proposal is a "secondary aspiration" of Chiltern's franchise agreement. However, Chiltern stated in 2013 that the plan is "no longer active". In recent years proposals to reopen the railway line as an alternative route to HS2 has been proposed and In 2015 opponents of HS2 called for the GCR to be reopened as an alternative to HS2.
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- Elliot 1985, p. 40.
- Healy 1987, p. 68.
- Subterranea Britannica
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- Elliot, Peter H (1985). Rugby's Railway Heritage. ISBN 0-907917-06-2.
- Healy, John M.C. (1987). Echoes Of The Great Central. Greenwich Editions. ISBN 0-86288-076-9.
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