Wedgwood railway station

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Wedgwood
National Rail
Wedgwood railway station 1.jpg
Wedgwood station in 2007
LocationBarlaston, Stafford
England
Grid referenceSJ886393
Managed byWest Midlands Trains
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeWED
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
1 January 1940Opened as Wedgwood Halt
14 June 1965Renamed Wedgwood
23 May 2004Service withdrawn

Wedgwood railway station served the Wedgwood complex in Barlaston, Staffordshire, England. Although the station is not officially closed, no trains currently call at the station and it is instead served by a rail replacement bus.[1]

History[edit]

The station was opened by the London Midland & Scottish Railway on 1 January 1940[2] to serve the Wedgwood complex in Staffordshire, England. Nearby is Barlaston Hall, and the station also serves the village of Trentham, near Stoke-on-Trent.

It was originally named Wedgwood Halt, and was renamed Wedgwood on 14 June 1965.[3] From 23 May 2004[2] the line through the station was temporarily closed for major refurbishment work, but upon completion the station was not re-opened; the tracks through the station are still regularly used but trains do not stop there. Along with nearby Barlaston, a rail replacement bus serves the station instead, operated by D&G 100,[4] which accepts valid rail tickets.[1]

The station is currently threatened with complete closure – it was formerly served by the Stoke-on-Trent to Stafford stopping service, but was not included as a stop on the Crewe–London Euston service ran by then-operator London Midland. There were plans to have it re-opened to traffic in 2018 when the next West Midlands rail franchise started. This did not happen in 2018, although the new franchise tender includes proposals to reinstate either this station or Barlaston as a stop on a new Birmingham - Stoke - Crewe service.[5]

Access to the platforms is no longer possible as the station has been fenced off. Network Rail have erected signs saying the platforms are structurally unsafe.

Plans to officially close the station to passengers, and reopen Barlaston, were planned for May 2021.[6] However no Notice of Closure for Wedgwood has been published and there is no service at Barlaston.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wedgwood station facilities". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b Quick, M. E. (2005). Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain: a Chronology. p. 401.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 243. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ Wedgwood Station information - West Midlands Railway West Midlands Railway website; Retrieved 7 April 2019
  5. ^ "Plan to reopen closed Wedgwood or Barlaston railway stations back on"Stoke Sentinel news article 31 August 2016; Retrieved 28 October 2016
  6. ^ Rail. No. 867. p. 27. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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External links[edit]

Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Stoke-on-Trent
Line and station open
  Central Trains
Stafford to Manchester Line
  Barlaston
Line and station open
Line open, station closed
London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Line and station open

Coordinates: 52°57′04″N 2°10′16″W / 52.951°N 2.171°W / 52.951; -2.171