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Melton Mowbray railway station

Melton Mowbray railway station serves the market town of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, England. It is owned by Network Rail and operated by East Midlands Railway even though CrossCountry provide most of the services at the station.

Melton Mowbray National Rail
2018 at Melton Mowbray station - platform 1.JPG
PlaceMelton Mowbray
Local authorityBorough of Melton
Grid referenceSK752187
Station codeMMO
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.241 million
2014/15Increase 0.253 million
2015/16Increase 0.266 million
2016/17Decrease 0.265 million
2017/18Increase 0.269 million
Original companyMidland Counties Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 September 1846 (1846-09-01)First station opened as Melton
1 May 1848Station resited
1 November 1876Renamed Melton Mowbray
1923Renamed Melton Mowbray South
25 September 1950Renamed Melton Mowbray Midland
by 13 September 1957Renamed Melton Mowbray Town
14 June 1965Renamed Melton Mowbray
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Melton Mowbray from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The railway station is on the (as built) Syston and Peterborough Railway, although the line is now part of the considerably longer Birmingham to Peterborough Line. CrossCountry operate the majority of services as part of their Birmingham to Stansted Airport route. The station lies between Leicester and Peterborough stations.

The station was formerly known as Melton Mowbray Town to distinguish it from the former Melton Mowbray North on the Great Northern and London and North Western Joint Railway, which closed to regular traffic in 1953.

The station has a ticket office which is staffed part-time, a car park and help points for times where there are no staff present. It was refurbished in 2011 with new glass in the platform canopies, resurfaced platforms, passenger information screens, improved disabled access to the barrow crossing, a full repaint and a new footbridge to replace the original which was superannuated. The refurbishment of the platforms retained their original size and means that previous plans to extend these by up to 14 yards (13 m) by no later than 2012[1] did not go ahead to the original timescale.


A CrossCountry Class 170 operating to Birmingham

From Melton Mowbray there is an hourly service off-peak in both directions operated by CrossCountry. Westbound, trains run to Birmingham via Leicester, Nuneaton and Coleshill. Eastbound, trains run to Stansted Airport via Peterborough, Ely and Cambridge. Additional trains run at peak times, with some terminating at Cambridge.[2]

Although the next station westbound is Syston, there are no direct services between the two stations.[2]

Despite managing the station, East Midlands Railway (EMR) only operates a limited number of services to the station. A single daily return service to London St Pancras commenced on 27 April 2009 running via Corby[3] and is notable for being the first regular passenger service to cross the spectacular and historic Welland Viaduct on the Oakham to Kettering line since 1966. The company introduced a further return service from Derby via East Midlands Parkway (for East Midlands Airport) from May 2010. Further services may be introduced in the future.[4] There are two daily services to/from London with one calling at Oakham, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, and Luton. Whilst the other train calls at Oakham, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, Luton and Luton Airport Parkway.[5]

In addition, a handful of local services operate at either end of the day (mainly for train crew route knowledge retention purposes). A morning service runs from Nottingham to Norwich and an evening service operates from Spalding to Nottingham via Peterborough.

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Railway
Nottingham - Norwich (via Loughborough)
Limited Service
East Midlands Railway
Limited Service

Former servicesEdit

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H, C and there was a 7-ton crane. [6]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Asfordby   Midland Railway
Leicester London Road to Peterborough
Grimston   Midland Railway
Nottingham Midland to Kettering
Terminus   Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway
To Spalding, Kings Lynn, etc

Just outside Melton Mowbray station the main line is joined by the Old Dalby Test Track. This runs towards Nottingham via Old Dalby, but stops short of Nottingham railway station at the edge of the suburb of West Bridgford. This is electrified with overheads, has its own control centre and dates from when the British Rail Research Division developed it as a test track for the Advanced Passenger Train, having been taken out of use some years before. It has, more recently, been used for testing Virgin Trains' Pendolino units and later for the testing of new stock for London Underground built by Derby Litchurch Lane Works.


Railway station lavatories have never been noted for the luxury of their appointments, but the toilet of the former first class waiting room had a hot-water pipe coursing through the seat.[7]


Melton Mowbray station won "highly commended" award at the National Rail Awards 2014 for Small station of the year.[8]


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ a b Table 47 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  3. ^ "Passengers from Melton Mowbray set to benefit from direct link to London". 7 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Rail service could run north of town". Northants Evening Telegraph. 21 February 2008.
  5. ^ Table 53 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  6. ^ Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission, 1956
  7. ^ Lambert, A, (2010) Lambert's Railway Miscellany Ebury Publishing.
  8. ^ "National Rail Awards Winners 2014". Archived from the original on 1 October 2014.

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