Wellington railway station (Shropshire)

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Wellington (Shropshire) National Rail
Wellington (Shropshire) Railway Station-27Jan2008.JPG
View of the station facing west towards Shrewsbury.
PlaceWellington, Shropshire
Local authorityTelford and Wrekin
Grid referenceSJ651116
Station codeWLN
Managed byWest Midlands Trains
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.582 million
2014/15Increase 0.609 million
2015/16Increase 0.631 million
2016/17Increase 0.666 million
2017/18Increase 0.693 million
Key datesOpened 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.

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 West Midlands Railway (who manage the station), Transport for 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] 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.


The station has a ticket office on platform 2 that is staffed part-time. 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 both platforms. Step-free access is available to all platforms.[8]


Wellington is currently (May 2019) served by at least three trains an hour during the daytime, each way between Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury, two operated by West Midlands Railway and the other by Transport for Wales. Transport for Wales' service operates to/from Birmingham International and runs limited stop, whilst the two West Midlands railway services serves stations (the service introduced in May 2019 only stops at select stations) to Wolverhampton.[9] TFW 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. On Sundays, services are provided by Transport for Wales and Virgin trains (west coast) and as of May 2019 WMT has introduced a second hourly Sunday service.

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 were 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 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.



  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 2019
  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


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   West Midlands Railway
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Transport for Wales
Birmingham – Chester
Telford Central   Transport for Wales
Cambrian Line
Telford Central   Virgin Trains
London Euston-Shrewsbury
Limited Service
Oakengates   West Midlands Railway
Birmingham New Street – Shrewsbury
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