Ledbury railway station
Ledbury railway station is a railway station on the outskirts of the town of Ledbury on the Worcester to Hereford line in the English Midlands. It has regular services to Birmingham plus several direct trains a day to London Paddington.
Ledbury Station in 2008
|Managed by||West Midlands Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ledbury from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The line was originally built by the West Midland Railway who opened Ledbury station on 15 September 1861. A branch line from Ledbury to Gloucester, via Dymock and Newent opened in July 1885 for which a new signal box was opened at Ledbury replacing one or perhaps two earlier signal boxes and controlling a small engine shed on the north side of the station and a goods yard on the south.
The Newent branch was closed in 1959, and the goods yard and engine shed closed in 1965, leaving just the station itself. The modern station comprises two platforms with waiting shelters and car parking facilities, the station is unusual in having a privately run ticket office located in a wooden chalet by the entrance.
Following the singling of the double track between Hereford and Ledbury in 1984, the station area bears the only section of double track, where trains travelling in opposite directions can pass each other, between Shelwick Junction, near Hereford and the East portal of Colwall New Tunnel beneath the Malvern Hills at the former Malvern Wells station and near to Great Malvern.
The single-track Ledbury Tunnel, immediately to the east of the station, was notorious among steam locomotive crews for its bad atmosphere, the result of its unusually narrow bore combined with a steep gradient and a curve at the north end.
Ledbury has a passenger service every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December), Monday to Saturday this service comprises typically one train per hour in each direction between Birmingham New Street and Hereford, with extra trains in the morning and evening peaks on weekdays. Some early morning and late evening trains start/terminate at Worcester Shrub Hill instead of Birmingham New Street. This service is reduced to a 2-hourly service on Sundays. These trains are operated by West Midlands Trains, which took over from London Midland on 10 December 2017.
Trains between Hereford and London Paddington also call at Ledbury. Monday to Friday, there are six services eastbound to Paddington, and five westbound. This is reduced to five eastbound and four westbound on Saturdays and four eastbound and five westbound trains on Sundays. All trains to London are operated by Great Western Railway.
- Train times and station information for Ledbury railway station from National Rail
- Ledbury Station - an independent ticketing and information service based at the station
- Cotswold Line Promotion Group
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Hereford||West Midlands Railway
|West Midlands Railway
|Great Western Railway
|Ashperton||Great Western Railway
Worcester and Hereford Railway
|Ledbury Town Halt||Great Western Railway
Ledbury and Gloucester Railway