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Long Eaton railway station

Long Eaton railway station (originally Sawley Junction pre 1968) serves the town of Long Eaton in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the Midland Main Line and the Derby-Nottingham line 120 miles 28 chains (193.7 km) north of London St Pancras. The station is managed by East Midlands Railway although CrossCountry also operate some services.

Long Eaton National Rail
The station building
PlaceLong Eaton, Derbyshire
Local authorityErewash
Grid referenceSK481321
Station codeLGE
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.628 million
2014/15Increase 0.687 million
2015/16Decrease 0.660 million
2016/17Decrease 0.635 million
2017/18Increase 0.653 million
Key datesOpened 1888 (1888)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Long Eaton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.


The station as illustrated in the Midland Counties Railway Companion of 1840

The line was originally opened by the Midland Counties Railway in 1839, which shortly joined the North Midland Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway to form the Midland Railway.

Originally Sawley Junction, Long Eaton is the fourth station of that name. The original Long Eaton stations were further north.

The first Sawley station was a mile out of the village on Sawley Lane, Breaston. First used in 1839, when the line opened, it was the third station from Nottingham. It was originally called Breaston, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with Beeston.

This station at Sawley Junction opened in 1888 on Tamworth Road. Since another station had been opened not far away at Draycott in 1852, the original Sawley closed in 1930.

On 9 October 1869 a Midland Railway passenger train was involved in a rear-end collision with another train at Long Eaton Junction resulting in seven deaths and another twelve more injured. The investigation blamed fog, inadequate brake power, excessive speed, fogman error for the cause of the collision.[1]

In 1932, the LMS announced that Sawley Junction would be known as Sawley Junction for Long Eaton.[2]

As of late 2009, Long Eaton became a penalty fare station; tickets must be purchased from the ticket office or self-service machine prior to boarding a train.


A Map of East Midlands Railway InterCity services showing the current service pattern each hour

Rail routes run north-south through Long Eaton along the route known as the Midland Main Line, going south to Loughborough, Leicester, Luton and London; and north to Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield.

A major junction south of the station at Trent links the cross country route to Nottingham. West bound services to Birmingham travel via Derby and the Cross Country Route.

Train operators using the station include CrossCountry and East Midlands Railway.[3]

The usual Monday - Saturday service pattern is as follows:

On Sundays, the London to Sheffield trains call hourly each way, the Matlock trains every two hours and there is also an hourly Derby to Nottingham stopping service in each direction (but no direct service to Birmingham).

Current stationEdit

The usable length of the station platforms is shorter than the express trains which stop here, so passengers arriving from London, Derby or Sheffield will usually have to get off from the front four carriages. Elderly passengers or those with pushchairs, heavy luggage or bicycles wishing to alight at Loughborough should take particular care to board the correct portion of the train. Cycles may have to be stored in vestibules away from the cycle lockers depending on the orientation of the train.

The station is staffed between 06:00 and 17:30 during the day time, and has an automatic ticket machine installed externally which can be used 24/7.

It is planned that both platforms will be extended by up to 10 metres by no later than 2012.[4]

It is anticipated that developments along the Erewash line will result in changes for Long Eaton station. A plan drawn up in 2011 recommended a new Derby to Mansfield service via new stations at Breaston & Draycott, Long Eaton West (renamed from Long Eaton), Long Eaton Central, Stapleford & Sandiacre, Ilkeston, Eastwood & Langley Mill (renamed from Langley Mill), Selston & Somercotes and then to Pinxton via new trackbed connecting with the Mansfield line from Nottingham at Kirkby in Ashfield.[5]


  1. ^ "Retford to Great Grimsby : 1869 Report" (PDF). Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "The L.M.S. Railway". Derby Daily Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 30 November 1932. Retrieved 29 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Tables 53, 56 & 57
  4. ^ "Network Rail CP4 Delivery Plan 2009 Enhancements programme: statement of scope, outputs and milestones" (PDF). Network Rail. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Network Rail Plan For Nottingham, Derby and Mansfield services". Network Rail. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  • The Nottingham and Derby Railway Companion, (1839) Republished 1979 with Foreword by J.B.Radford, Derbyshire Record Society
  • Banks, C., (1996) British Railways Past and Present: Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Past and Present Publishing Ltd.
  • Higginson, M, (1989) The Midland Counties Railway: A Pictorial Survey, Derby: Midland Railway Trust.

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