Rugeley Town railway station
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|Local authority||Cannock Chase|
|Managed by||London Midland|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|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|
|1 June 1870||opened|
|18 January 1965||closed|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rugeley Town from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The station was originally opened by the London and North Western Railway on 1 June 1870. The station, together with all those on the line between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley, were closed on 18 January 1965 as part of the Beeching Axe, although the line remained open as freight-only. The station closed to goods on 6 September 1965.
The station reopened in 1997, as the second stage of the reopening to passengers of the Chase Line saw the extension of services beyond Hednesford. The following year, the short section of track between Rugeley Town and Rugeley Trent Valley stations was also reopened, allowing services to be extended via the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line to Stafford (though through running there ended at the December 2008 timetable change).
In April 2011, the area was still mechanically signalled from the Brereton Sidings signal box immediately south of the station on the east side of the line (the sidings are no longer extant, though there is still an active rail connection to the adjacent coal-fired Rugeley power stations), but the box closed in 2013 (along with neighbouring Hednesford & Bloxwich boxes and the PSB at Walsall) as part of the ongoing West Midlands re-signalling scheme. Control passed to the West Midlands Signalling Centre at Saltley, though in the long term the WCML South Rail Operating Centre at Rugby will have responsibility for this part of the country.
On Monday to Friday, there is an hourly service in the daytime northbound to Rugeley Trent Valley and southbound to Walsall and Birmingham New Street. This service frequency also applies in the evenings and on Sundays. At peak periods and all day Saturday daytime, there are two departures per hour each way - this was the basic daytime weekday frequency on the route for several years in the mid-to-late 2000s, but it reverted to just one per hour at the December 2010 timetable change.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 201. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- End of the Line for 38 Signal Boxes www.expressandstar.com news article; Retrieved 17 September 2013
- GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16 - Table 70, Birmingham - Walsall and Rugeley
- "Central Trains extends services to Rugeley". RAIL. No. 307. EMAP Apex Publications. 18 June – 1 July 1997. p. 8. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699.
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