Wellington (Shropshire) railway station

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Wellington (Shropshire) National Rail
Wellington (Shropshire) Railway Station-27Jan2008.JPG
View of the station facing west towards Shrewsbury.
Place Wellington, Shropshire
Local authority Telford and Wrekin
Grid reference SJ651116
Station code WLN
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 3
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.560 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.558 million
2013/14 Increase 0.582 million
2014/15 Increase 0.609 million
2015/16 Increase 0.631 million
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wellington (Shropshire) from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Wellington railway station serves the town of Wellington, Shropshire, England. It is situated on the former Great Western Railway's London (Paddington) to Birkenhead via Birmingham (Snow Hill) line. Trains are operated by London Midland (who manage the station), Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains (West Coast).


The station was built at the junction of the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway with the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company's line from Stafford via Newport. It was opened on 1 June 1849.[1] It subsequently also became a busy junction interchange station, serving lines north to Market Drayton (the Wellington and Drayton Railway opened in 1867[2]) and south (the Wellington and Severn Junction Railway to Coalbrookdale, opened in 1857) as well as that to Stafford. All three branches closed to passengers in the early 1960s - the Coalbrookdale line being the first to go in July 1962, that to Market Drayton and Nantwich following in September 1963[3] and the Stafford line almost exactly a year later under the Beeching Axe in 1964. Services to Birmingham Snow Hill via Wolverhampton Low Level finally ended in March 1968 (a year after the ending of through trains to London Paddington via this route), with trains henceforth diverted to the ex-LNWR High Level station at Wolverhampton and onwards to Birmingham New Street over the Stour Valley line.[4]

The town of Wellington was designated as part of the new town of Telford in the 1960s. As Telford did not have its own railway station at first, Wellington station was renamed "Wellington - Telford West" to indicate that it now served the new town. After Telford Central station opened in 1986, Wellington eventually reverted to its original name, although this did not happen for a number of years.[5]

Up 'Cambrian Coast Express' in 1960

Although, in its heyday, the station had more platforms, it currently (May 2015) has only three: two through platforms and one bay platform.[6] Platform 3, the bay platform, is now out of regular use following the withdrawal of the Wellington to Walsall local service and its subsequent replacement with through Shrewsbury to Birmingham New Street local services.

In late 2009-early 2010 the station was refurbished by London Midland.


Wellington is currently (May 2016) served by two trains an hour each way between Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury, one operated by London Midland and the other by Arriva Trains Wales. Arriva's service operates to/from Birmingham International and runs limited stop, whilst the London Midland one serves intermediate stations to Wolverhampton.[7] ATW trains continue beyond Shrewsbury alternately either to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli (combined portion service) or to Holyhead via Chester. There is also two services to Llandudno (one on weekends) and one to Manchester Piccadilly on weekdays.

The few remaining through trains to Walsall were withdrawn in December 2008.[8]

Until March 1967 Wellington was served by the GWR, latterly BR Western Region, express services between London Paddington and Birkenhead Woodside; this was withdrawn upon the electrification of the West Coast Main Line. Between 28 April 2008 and 28 January 2011, Wellington was a stop on Wrexham & Shropshire's service between Wrexham General and London Marylebone.

Virgin Trains now run two daily services to and from London Euston.[9] These began at the December 2014 timetable change.



  1. ^ "Bygone Lines - Stafford to Newport"London and North Western Railway Society; Retrieved 18 March 2016
  2. ^ "Market Drayton / Nantwich Branch"John Speller's Web Pages; Retrieved 18 March 2016
  3. ^ Cryer 2014, p. 141.
  4. ^ Cryer 2014, p. 98.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2009). Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury. Midhurst: Middleton Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-1906008-44-4. 
  6. ^ Wellington Station - Platform 2 National Rail Enquires website; Retrieved 1 July 2015
  7. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May - December 2016, Tables 74 & 75
  8. ^ Cryer 2014, p. 148.
  9. ^ "Blackpool and Shrewsbury direct rail services to London approved". BBC News. 22 September 2014. 


Cryer, Geoff (2014). Shropshire Railways. Marlborough, Wiltshire: Crowood Press. ISBN 978-1-84797-691-8. 

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Oakengates   London Midland
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Arriva Trains Wales
Birmingham - Chester
Telford Central   Arriva Trains Wales
Cambrian Line
Telford Central   Virgin Trains
London Euston-Shrewsbury
Limited Service
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Wellington and Severn Junction Railway
Line and station closed
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Stafford to Shrewsbury Line
Line and station closed
Longdon Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Wellington and Drayton Railway

Coordinates: 52°42′05″N 2°31′01″W / 52.7015°N 2.517°W / 52.7015; -2.517