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.
Location
PlaceColton
Local authorityDistrict of Lichfield
Grid referenceSK048191
Operations
Station codeRGL
Managed byWest Midlands Trains
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12Increase 0.114 million
2012/13Increase 0.117 million
2013/14Increase 0.134 million
2014/15Increase 0.147 million
2015/16Increase 0.156 million
2016/17Increase 0.159 million
History
Key datesOpened 15 September 1847 (15 September 1847)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rugeley Trent Valley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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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. The Trent Valley station is within the Colton parish, on the opposite side of the River Trent from the town of Rugeley. 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 & Walsall. Services had previously been withdrawn in January 1965, as a result of the Beeching Axe.

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it was served only by local stopping trains between Stafford & either Rugby or (from 1987) Coventry[1][2] - these were withdrawn in 2004 when work began to upgrade the main line to four tracks, with bus replacements operating until London Midland introduced the present semi-fast service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

The station was the location of The Queen's naming of Class 67 locomotive No. 67029 Royal Diamond, marking her diamond wedding anniversary with Prince Phillip, 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 however platform 1 is only electrified for a short distance outside the station at present (though this will change when the Chase Line is electrified in the next few years).

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 a local service to/from Walsall and Birmingham (Operated by West Midlands Railway) on the Chase Line which run 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 have all been cut back to terminate at Rugeley Trent Valley.

West Coast Main Line[edit]

London Northwestern operate an hourly service, southbound to London Euston and northbound to Crewe via Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.[5]

Virgin Trains services between London Euston - 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 Virgin Trains operate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ GB National Timetable May 1984 Edition, Table 65
  2. ^ GB National Timetable May 1988 Edition, Table 67
  3. ^ London Midland Penalty faresLondon Midland; Retrieved 4 April 2016
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 70
  5. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 65

Further reading[edit]

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2016). Rugeley to Stoke-on-Trent. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 1-8. ISBN 9781908174901. OCLC 972169395.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
TerminusWest Midlands Railway
Chase Line
London Northwestern Railway
London-Crewe

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