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Long Buckby railway station is a small railway station next to the village of Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England. It is the nearest railway station for the larger town of Daventry, 4 miles (6.4 km) away.

Long Buckby National Rail
Long Buckby railway station 1.jpg
London Midland train calling at Long Buckby.
Location
PlaceLong Buckby
Local authorityDistrict of Daventry
Grid referenceSP623666
Operations
Station codeLBK
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.276 million
2014/15Increase 0.289 million
2015/16Increase 0.320 million
2016/17Increase 0.345 million
2017/18Increase 0.368 million
History
Key datesOpened 1881 (1881)
Original companyLondon and North Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
National RailUK railway stations
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 Long Buckby from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station is on the Northampton loop of the West Coast Main Line. It is served by West Midlands Trains services to Birmingham New Street, Northampton and London Euston. For Virgin Trains inter-city services passengers should change at Rugby, the next station to the west.

The station was opened along with the line in 1881, by the London and North Western Railway, it is the only remaining station between Northampton and Rugby; three others opened at the same time (Kilsby and Crick, Althorp Park and Church Brampton) are now closed.

The station facilities are very basic, the original station buildings were demolished and replaced with simple 'bus shelter' type shelters on the platforms. A cabin next to the car park now serves as the part-time ticket office.

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ServicesEdit

 
Station entrance

Long Buckby is served by three West Midlands Trains services per hour in each direction: i.e., three northwestbound to Birmingham New Street via Rugby and Coventry, and three southeastbound to Northampton and London Euston.[1] As of 2016, the station has a part-time ticket office.

On Sundays there is an hourly New Street to Euston via Northampton that calls, along with the hourly London Midland service between London Euston and Crewe via the Trent Valley Line and Stoke-on-Trent. The latter service also runs on Monday to Saturday but does not call here or at Northampton (it runs instead direct between Milton Keynes and Rugby).

Royal funeralEdit

Since the closure of Althorp Park station in 1960, Long Buckby has been the nearest station to Althorp, the family home of the Earls Spencer. In 1997 Long Buckby station was where the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry arrived from London after the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Charles and his sons took a different route to Althorp using Brington Road while the rest of the Royal Family and guests were driven through the village of Long Buckby leaving the village via East Street to follow the main Northampton road to Althorp.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ GB National Rail Timetable December 2015 – May 2016, Table 68
Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Rugby   London Northwestern Railway
London or Northampton - Birmingham
  Northampton
  Historical railways  
Kilsby and Crick
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Northampton Loop
  Althorp Park
Line open, station closed

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