Ludlow railway station

Ludlow railway station in Ludlow, Shropshire, England, lies on the Welsh Marches Line between Shrewsbury 27 miles 42 chains (44.3 km) to the north[1] and Hereford. The station is on Station Drive, 12 mile (0.80 km) to the northeast of Ludlow town centre.

National Rail
Restored footbridge, Ludlow Station (geograph 6088835).jpg
LocationLudlow, Shropshire Council
Coordinates52°22′16″N 2°42′58″W / 52.371°N 2.716°W / 52.371; -2.716Coordinates: 52°22′16″N 2°42′58″W / 52.371°N 2.716°W / 52.371; -2.716
Grid referenceSO513750
Managed byTransport for Wales
Other information
Station codeLUD
ClassificationDfT category E
2016/17Steady 0.300 million
2017/18Increase 0.301 million
2018/19Decrease 0.287 million
 Interchange  3,878
2019/20Decrease 0.266 million
 Interchange Decrease 1,954
2020/21Decrease 65,540
 Interchange Decrease 297
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


The station opened on 21 April 1852, as the southern terminus of the first section of the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway. Trains travelling to or from the south of the station pass through the short Ludlow Tunnel (192 yards (176 m) long), which passes under Gravel Hill and has its tunnel entrance immediately south of the platforms. A quarter of a mile to the north of the station was Clee Hill Junction, where from 1864 to 1962 a branch line ran to the quarries in the nearby Clee Hills to the east of Ludlow.

The engine shed closed in 1951 and the goods yard on 6 May 1968. In the late 1960s, the Victorian buildings at the station were demolished and the last signal boxes closed.


  • Hugh Morgans from 1852[2] (formerly goods manager at Conway)
  • Charles Allen ca. 1854 - ca. 1860
  • Richard Edwards ca. 1864 - ca. 1871
  • Martin Charles Tidmarsh ca. 1877 - 1882[3] (afterwards station master at Hereford)
  • Henry Hughes ca. 1884 - ca. 1898
  • Arthur Frederick Stringer ca. 1903 - ca. 1921
  • Edward Harrington 1924 - 1932[4] (from 1902 goods agent at Ludlow, from 1924 both roles combined)
  • Henry Edward Jones 1932[5] - 1942
  • Arthur Parry from 1942
  • Wilfred Henry P Glaswardine 1949[6] - 1952 (formerly station master at Welshpool)
  • Henry N. Duce ca. 1956

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • At 3.15 am on 6 September 1956, a northbound parcels train overran signals and ran into the rear of a Penzance to Manchester express passenger train[7] carrying 150 passengers but caused no deaths and only one serious shock casualty. The passenger train had halted because a lorry that had crashed into a level crossing at Onibury station had blocked the track.[8]

Passenger servicesEdit

Passenger services are currently provided by Transport For Wales. The station is served by one to two trains per hour in each direction Mondays to Saturdays, and around fifteen trains each way on Sundays. There are direct trains to Crewe, Manchester Piccadilly, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Newport, Cardiff Central, Milford Haven, Chester and Holyhead. The only passenger services running on the line that do not call at Ludlow are the two North-South Wales express services that run Monday to Friday in each direction.[9]

Ludlow is the fourth busiest station by passenger numbers in Shropshire after Shrewsbury, Telford Central and Wellington.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Leominster   Transport for Wales
Welsh Marches Line
  Craven Arms or Shrewsbury
Hereford   Transport for Wales
Premier Service

Facilities and accessEdit

Looking south towards Ludlow Tunnel, with the ticket office on the right.

There are two platforms — platform 1 is the northbound platform (for Shrewsbury) and platform 2 is the southbound platform (for Hereford). Whilst there is level access to the ticket office and platform 1, the footbridge can only be reached by steps from that platform, and level access to platform 2 is via a ramp down from Quarry Gardens; a long path provides a level access route that runs over the tunnel entrance between the platforms.

Facilities include a staffed ticket office (where railway-related books and light refreshments are available to buy), car parking, weatherproof platform shelters, and an accessible adapted toilet. The station is served by Ludlow's two frequent 'town' bus services, the 701 and 722.

The goods shed (on the former goods yard that closed in 1968) adjacent to the railway line to the north of Station Drive is now home to the Ludlow Brewery. It has been renovated and is open to the public, with information on local railway history.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Yonge, John; Padgett, David (August 2010) [1989]. Bridge, Mike (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 3: Western (5th ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 27A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-6-7.
  2. ^ "Tribute of Respect". Caernarvon & Denbigh Herald. England. 20 March 1852. Retrieved 21 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Ludlow. Appointment of Station Master". Eddowes’s Journal, and General Advertiser for Shropshire and the principality of Wales. England. 8 November 1882. Retrieved 21 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Ludlow StationMaster". Kington Times. England. 9 January 1932. Retrieved 21 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Railway Appointments". Kington Times. England. 4 June 1932. Retrieved 21 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Posted". Western Mail. England. 11 May 1949. Retrieved 21 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. p. 119. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0.
  8. ^ "'Miracle' of disaster where nobody died". Shropshire Star. 21 May 2016. p. 20.'Nostalgia' special report by Toby Neal.
  9. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 131
  10. ^ (CAMRA) Railway Shed, Ludlow

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