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.
Location
Place Wellington, Shropshire
Local authority Telford and Wrekin
Grid reference SJ651116
Operations
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
History
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* 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.

History[edit]

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] The S&BR reached Wolverhampton later that year, but was frustrated in their attempts to reach Birmingham by the London and North Western Railway - it wasn't until both they and the neighbouring Shrewsbury and Chester Railway became part the Great Western Railway in November 1854 trains could run to Birmingham Snow Hill.[2] Wellington thereafter was jointly run by the LNWR and Great Western companies until the 1923 Grouping.

It subsequently also became a busy junction interchange station, serving lines north to Market Drayton (the Wellington and Drayton Railway opened in 1867[3]) 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[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Up 'Cambrian Coast Express' in 1960

Although, in its heyday, the station had more platforms, it currently (May 2017) has only three: two through platforms and one bay platform.[7] 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. Traces of another defunct platform face (the outer side of the old up island platform) can be seen from the car park behind platform 1.

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

Facilities[edit]

The station has a ticket office on platform 1 that is staffed part time (Mon-Fri 07:00 - 17:00, Sat 07:00 - 13:00, closed Sundays). A ticket vending machine is provided on platform 1 for use outside these hours, which can also be used for collecting advance purchase tickets. There are canopied waiting areas on both sides, with toilets adjoining the booking hall on platform 2. Train running information is offered via automated announcements, CIS displays, timetable poster boards and a help point on platform 1. Step-free access is available to all platforms.[8]

Services[edit]

Wellington is currently (May 2017) 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.[9] ATW trains continue beyond Shrewsbury alternately either to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli (combined portion service) or to Holyhead via Chester and Llandudno Junction. There is also two services to Llandudno (one on weekends) and one to Manchester Piccadilly on weekday evenings. All trains are provided by ATW on Sundays, as London Midland do not run a Sunday service on the Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton line.

The few remaining through trains to Walsall were withdrawn in December 2008.[10]

Until March 1967 Wellington was served by the GWR, latterly BR Western Region, express services between London Paddington and Birkenhead Woodside; these was withdrawn upon the commissioning of 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 via the WCML using Class 221 Super Voyager units.[11][12] These began at the December 2014 timetable change.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bygone Lines - Stafford to Newport"London and North Western Railway Society; Retrieved 18 March 2016
  2. ^ Disused Stations - Admaston Halt Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 4 August 2017
  3. ^ "Market Drayton / Nantwich Branch"John Speller's Web Pages; Retrieved 18 March 2016
  4. ^ Cryer 2014, p. 141.
  5. ^ Cryer 2014, p. 98.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2009). Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury. Midhurst: Middleton Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-1906008-44-4. 
  7. ^ Wellington Station - Platform 2 National Rail Enquires website; Retrieved 1 July 2015
  8. ^ Wellington (Shropshire) station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  9. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May - December 2017, Tables 74 & 75
  10. ^ Cryer 2014, p. 148.
  11. ^ "Blackpool and Shrewsbury direct rail services to London approved". BBC News. 22 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Table 66 National Rail timetable, May 2017

Bibliography[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Oakengates   London Midland
Wolverhampton/Birmingham-Shrewsbury
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Shrewsbury
  Arriva Trains Wales
Birmingham - Chester
 
Telford Central   Arriva Trains Wales
Cambrian Line
  Shrewsbury
Telford Central   Virgin Trains
London Euston-Shrewsbury
Limited Service
  Shrewsbury
  From 10 December 2017  
National Rail National Rail
Oakengates   West Midlands Railway
Birmingham New Street - Shrewsbury
  Shrewsbury
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Wellington and Severn Junction Railway
  Ketley
Line and station closed
Admaston
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Stafford to Shrewsbury Line
  Hadley
Line and station closed
Longdon Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Wellington and Drayton Railway
  Terminus

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