Rugeley Trent Valley railway station

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Rugeley Trent Valley
National Rail
Rugeley Trent Valley railway station MMB 02.jpg
The station in 2012, looking north.
LocationColton, Lichfield District
England
Grid referenceSK048191
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Platforms3
Other information
Station codeRGL
ClassificationDfT category F1
History
Opened15 September 1847
Passengers
2015/16Increase 0.156 million
2016/17Increase 0.159 million
2017/18Increase 0.160 million
 Interchange Increase 37,267
2018/19Increase 0.183 million
 Interchange Decrease 34,425
2019/20Decrease 0.176 million
 Interchange Decrease 32,605
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Rugeley Trent Valley is a railway station located on the outskirts of Rugeley in Staffordshire, England. It is one of two stations serving Rugeley, the other being Rugeley Town. It is on the eastern side of the town close to the Rugeley Trent Valley Trading Estate and located close to the River Trent. West Midlands Trains operate the station, and all trains serving it.

It is a minor station on the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line. It is also the junction with the Chase Line from Birmingham and Walsall.

The station in 1958

History[edit]

The main line had opened back in September 1847 and the station along with it. The line from Cannock was added by the Cannock Mineral Railway in 1859. On 25 May 1998 the Chase Line was extended back into Rugeley Trent Valley from Birmingham New Street and Walsall. Services had previously been withdrawn in January 1965, as a result of the Beeching cuts.

From the mid-1960s until 1998, it was served only by local stopping trains between Stafford and either Rugby or (from 1987) Coventry[1][2] - these were withdrawn in 2004 when work began to upgrade the main line to four tracks, with bus replacements operating until London Midland introduced the present semi-fast service between London Euston and Crewe via Stafford in 2008.

The station was the location of Queen Elizabeth II's naming of Class 67 locomotive No. 67029 Royal Diamond, marking her diamond wedding anniversary with Prince Philip, on 12 October 2007.

Layout[edit]

Rugeley Trent Valley has three platforms with Platform 3 located at the main entrance and Platforms 1 and 2 located on an island platform. Platform 1 is bi-directional which is used for terminating services from Birmingham New Street where as Platform 2 is used for northbound services to Crewe while Platform 3 is used for southbound services to London Euston. Between Platforms 2 and 3 there are two fast lines for non-stop services. All platforms are electrified.

Rugeley Trent Valley is unstaffed but does have a ticket machine and a PERTIS machine at the entrance, as the Penalty fare scheme operates here.[3] Intending passengers must buy a ticket or permit to travel before boarding.

Services[edit]

Rugeley Trent Valley is managed by West Midlands Trains who operate all the train services.

Chase Line[edit]

The station is served by trains operated by West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway on the Chase Line from Birmingham New Street. From 2008 to 2019 these ran half-hourly during peak times and hourly during off peak times on weekdays, half-hourly on Saturdays and hourly on Sundays.[4] These services used to be extended to terminate at Stafford, but as of the December 2008 timetable changes these services were all been cut back to terminate at Rugeley Trent Valley.

In May 2019, the electrification of the Chase Line saw a major timetable reorganisation. Now services run half-hourly throughout the day. Alternate trains terminate at Birmingham International and London Euston via Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton and Milton Keynes.[5]

West Coast Main Line[edit]

London Northwestern Railway operate an hourly stopping service, southbound to London Euston and northbound to Crewe via Stafford.[6] Most services on this route run fast between Rugby and Milton Keynes Central but some run via and call at Northampton

Intercity Avanti West Coast services between London Euston and North West England do not call at Rugeley Trent Valley, due to the low passenger numbers compared to other Trent Valley stations. The platforms are also not long enough to accommodate Class 390s which Avanti West Coast operate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ GB National Timetable May 1984 Edition, Table 65
  2. ^ GB National Timetable May 1988 Edition, Table 67
  3. ^ West Midlands Railway Penalty fares West Midlands Railway; Retrieved 7 April 2019
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 70
  5. ^ Hurst, Ben (10 May 2019). "More carriages promised on line after electric upgrade". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  6. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 65

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
TerminusLondon Northwestern Railway
London Northwestern Railway
London-Crewe

Coordinates: 52°46′12″N 1°55′48″W / 52.770°N 1.930°W / 52.770; -1.930