Syston railway station

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Coordinates: 52°41′39.00″N 01°4′57.00″W / 52.6941667°N 1.0825000°W / 52.6941667; -1.0825000

Syston National Rail
Syston Railway Station.jpg
Place Syston
Local authority Borough of Charnwood
Grid reference SK621111
Station code SYS
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.187 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.166 million
2013/14 Increase 0.176 million
2014/15 Increase 0.192 million
2015/16 Increase 0.211 million
5 May 1840 Opened
4 March 1968 Closed
27 May 1994 Reopened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Syston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Syston railway station (Listeni/ˈsstən/ SY-stən) is a railway station serving the town of Syston in Leicestershire, England. The station is on the Midland Main Line from Leicester to Loughborough, 103¾ miles from London St Pancras.

For journeys beginning at Syston, the full range of tickets for travel for any destination in the country may be 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 platform before joining the train.

Early history[edit]

The station was opened on 5 May 1840 as a minor intermediate station on the Midland Counties Railway line from Leicester to Nottingham and Derby.[1] Shortly afterwards, the Midland Counties merged with the North Midland Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway to form the Midland Railway.

Syston became a junction station on 1 September 1846 with the opening of the Syston and Peterborough Railway to Melton Mowbray, which was extended in 1848 to Peterborough.[2] The north to east curve was opened in 1854.

A replacement station was opened in 1874 when the Midland Main Line was increased from two to four tracks.[3]


The station closed on 4 March 1968.[4] The station building, having been hidden by fencing for many years, was later dismantled and rebuilt at Midland Railway - Butterley with the help of David Wilson Homes, who erected a housing estate over the old station land in 2006.


The station reopened on 27 May 1994 as part of phase one of the Ivanhoe Line. It is served hourly in both directions by East Midlands Trains local services, running between Leicester and Lincoln via Loughborough, Nottingham and Newark. There is no Sunday service.[5] Express trains do not stop at Syston, as the single platform is on the bidirectional Leicester to Syston slow line. No Peterborough line trains call at the station, although it is possible for them to do so.

The station is sometimes used by photographers and train spotters, especially when steam specials are expected. The fast lines are those at the left of the picture. The platform line is on the bidirectional slow line.

Network Rail adopted a Route Utilisation Strategy for freight in 2007[6] which will create a new cross country freight route from Peterborough (East Coast Main Line) to Nuneaton (West Coast Main Line). One of the next stages (around 2013) will create additional lines through Leicester during a re-signalling scheme, during this time Syston station will be rebuilt.[7]


Services are formed using diesel multiple units of class 153, 156 or 158

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
Historical railways
Humberstone Road
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Midland Main Line
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
Leicester to Peterborough
Line open, station closed


  1. ^ Higginson, M, (1989) The Midland Counties Railway: A Pictorial Survey, Derby: Midland Railway Trust.
  2. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  3. ^ British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer.
  4. ^ Passengers No More by G.Daniels and L.Dench
  5. ^ Table 53 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  6. ^ "Route Utilisation Strategy > Freight". 
  7. ^ "East Midlands". Network Rail. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 

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