Wikipedia:Naming conventions (UK stations)

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Wikipedia:Naming conventions (UK stations)[edit]

This is a standard naming convention for railway stations in the United Kingdom. Naming conventions for stations elsewhere in the world are at Wikipedia:Naming conventions (stations).

The following table is an extension of the standard for London at Wikipedia:WikiProject London/Naming conventions:

Rail service Name Example Short-form template
"mainline" rail (National Rail),
Heritage railways
x railway station Swindon railway station,
Stogumber railway station
{{Stnlnk}} or {{rws}}
London Underground x tube station Pimlico tube station {{Tubestation}} or {{lus}}
Docklands Light Railway x DLR station Poplar DLR station {{DLRstation}} or {{dlr}}
Tyne and Wear Metro x Metro station Pelaw Metro station {{Metro}}
Glasgow Subway x subway station Buchanan Street subway station {{Subway}}
Trams and light rail* ** x tram stop Bilston Central tram stop {{Tram}}
Any two or more of the above x station‡ London Bridge station {{Station}} or {{stn}}

* Where in the same building as a railway station they appear as a section on the appropriate x railway station page e.g. Altrincham station, Manchester Piccadilly station. Where they share a site with a major bus station they are officially named x Interchange e.g. Shudehill Interchange, Bury Interchange, Eccles Interchange. Where a railway station is closed for conversion x Metrolink station will redirect to the former railway station name until the Metrolink station opens at which time the article name will be changed to reflect its current use and the redirect will be reversed e.g. presently [Chorlton Metrolink station] → [Chorlton-cum-Hardy railway station]. After a conversion opens all x railway station history appears on the appropriate x Metrolink station page.

** There is no consensus that all tram stops are automatically notable enough for their own article.
‡ Some multimodal stations are written as *blah* Interchange when both the different types of transport are more integrated and the official name ends with Interchange. In these cases, station is not needed at the end e.g. Meadowhall Interchange, Bradford Interchange, Hull Paragon Interchange.

Official names[edit]

The official name of the station should normally be used with the appropriate suffix, except where this would be ambiguous.

If there is any doubt about what the official name is, the name given on the station platforms should be used.

The last official name should be used for closed stations. Where this is now in use elsewhere the closed station should take the disambiguation.

Heritage railway stations[edit]

Stations (re)opened by heritage railways should use the current name, even if different from the official name at closure. Where names are shared by different heritage and mainline stations, the heritage station should normally take the disambiguation.

Stations served by both National Rail and a heritage railway are not distinguished from stations that serve only one of these, e.g. Smallbrook Junction railway station


In most cases redirects from one form to another are recommended (e.g. Bristol Temple Meads stationBristol Temple Meads railway station, Sheffield railway stationSheffield station).

Redirects from non-ambiguous former and alternate names are appropriate, (e.g. Nottingham Midland stationNottingham railway station).


Where there is more than one station in a town/city (or two towns/cities with the same name) x station etc. should normally be a disambiguation between them (e.g. Bristol station should disambiguate between Bristol Temple Meads railway station and Bristol Parkway railway station, and optionally smaller stations in Bristol that don't have Bristol in their name).


Disambiguation between different stations with the same name is recommended e.g.


Comments are welcome on the talk page.

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