Sileby railway station
|Local authority||Borough of Charnwood|
|Managed by||East Midlands Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sileby from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Sileby railway station is a railway station serving the village of Sileby in Leicestershire, England. The station is located on the Midland Main Line, 106 miles 50 chains (171.6 km) north of London St Pancras.
The line cut the village in two connecting the halves with a substantial stone bridge.
There were complaints from local residents about the facilities provided at the station. In 1897 the parish council were petitioning the company for improvements, but the Midland Railway company were resistant. By 1910 the council raised a petition to the company to resolve 5 issues
- The dangerous level crossing, stating the several accidents had been narrowly avoided.
- The need of better accommodation for vehicular traffic. The number of vehicles using the station had increased and blocking of the road, especially by milk carts, was a danger as well as an inconvenience
- The want of a comfortable waiting room on the up platform. There was only an open shelter with no provision for a fire in cold weather.
- The lowness of the platforms, which were thought to be the cause of a passenger suffering a fractured ankle when alighting from a train.
- The need for an entrance from Brook Street.
This time the council were more successful as early in 1912 they received a letter from the Railway Company confirming the improvements which would be made. 
- Access from King Street to the up-platform withouth passengers having to cross the running lines.
- Improved vehicular access to the station
- The additional waiting room
- Raising and lengthening the platforms
- Footpath access from Brook Street.
The platform structures were of timber and very little remains after closure in 1968 apart from the station house.
It reopened on 27 May 1994 as part of phase one of the Ivanhoe Line.
For journeys beginning at Sileby, the full range of tickets for travel for any destination in the country are purchased from the guard on the train at no extra cost. It is a penalty fare station however, so a permit to travel must be bought from the machine installed on the Leicester-bound platform before joining the train.
Services are operated by East Midlands Railway.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
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- Higginson, M, (1989) The Midland Counties Railway: A Pictorial Survey, Derby: Midland Railway Trust.
- "Sileby Parish Council". Leicester Chronicle. England. 30 October 1897. Retrieved 10 February 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Sileby Parish Council. Suggested improvements at the Railway Station". Uppingham News. England. 24 November 1910. Retrieved 10 February 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Sileby Railway Station". Leicester Daily Post. England. 23 February 1912. Retrieved 10 February 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
- Table 53 National Rail timetable, May 2016
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