Sinfin Central railway station

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Sinfin Central
Location
Place Sinfin
Area City of Derby
Operations
Original company London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
4 October 1976 (1976-10-04) Station opened
17 May 1993 (1993-05-17) Last Train
21 May 1998 (1998-05-21) Official Closure
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Sinfin Central station was in the city of Derby, Derbyshire, England.

The station was on the former line between Derby and Ashby de la Zouch, which closed in 1930. On 4 October 1976[1] a new unstaffed passenger station was opened by British Rail to serve the nearby Rolls-Royce factory. Despite Derby City Council's efforts to encourage usage of public transport, based on the Cross-City Line in Birmingham, the service was very underused.

The service was reduced to one return train per day in 1992 with the return departing Sinfin Central at 06:57. The service did not run at weekends, and there was no evening return. This ran until 1993, when the Derwent Valley Line, which interworked with the Sinfin branch, changed to using Sprinter trains. Sprinters were not permitted on the branch because of compatibility issues with the obsolete low-voltage track circuits used on the line. The last train on 17 May 1993,[1]and the train service was replaced with a taxi.

On 2 May 1997, the line became part of the Central Trains franchise as part of the privatisation of British Rail, but no Central Trains have ever stopped at the station. On 6 November 1997, Central Trains and the Director of Passenger Rail Franchising proposed the closure of the line. It was granted on 21 May 1998 by Rail Regulator John Swift QC. During the final year, there were three regular users of the taxi at a single fare of £1.20 [2]

Unlike Sinfin North, Sinfin Central had public access with a 360 yd long footpath from Wilmore Road. There was no public road access to the station or car park, and the path is still in situ.

The line survives to serve the Rolls-Royce plant, and the station is still in situ.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 212. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Randeep Ramesh and Esther Leach (23 February 1998). "Rail passengers fight to save one-way service". http://www.independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-12-24.  External link in |publisher= (help)

External links[edit]

  • [1] The Closure Acceptance Form from the Rail Regulations Office
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Sinfin North   Central Trains
Sinfin branch line
  Terminus

Coordinates: 52°53′15″N 1°28′11″W / 52.887473°N 1.469616°W / 52.887473; -1.469616