Nuneaton railway station
Nuneaton railway station serves the large town of Nuneaton in Warwickshire, England. The station is managed by West Midlands Trains. It is served by three railway lines; the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line (WCML), the Birmingham-Leicester-Peterborough Line and the Nuneaton to Coventry branch line. It was known, during the period 1924–1969 as Nuneaton Trent Valley, to distinguish it from the now closed Nuneaton Abbey Street station, though many local people still refer to it as Trent Valley.
|Local authority||Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth|
|Managed by||West Midlands Trains|
|Number of platforms||7|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||London and North Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|15 September 1847||Opened as Nuneaton|
|1873||Rebuilt and enlarged|
|1915||Rebuilt and enlarged|
|2 June 1924||Renamed Nuneaton Trent Valley|
|5 May 1969||Renamed Nuneaton|
|2004||Platforms 6 & 7 added|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Nuneaton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station lies on the north-eastern edge of Nuneaton town centre, just outside the ring road.
19th and 20th centuryEdit
The original Nuneaton station was opened on 15 September 1847 when the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) opened the Trent Valley Line, the branch line to Coventry opened in 1850. The original station, like many others on the line had been designed by John William Livock: A simple two platform structure, it became inadequate to cope with the growing traffic, and was rebuilt on a larger scale with extra platforms in 1873. The present station dates from 1915, when it was rebuilt and enlarged again with the buildings designed by Reginald Wynn Owen.
In 1873 another line had opened; the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway, to link Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Coalville in order to access the large coal reserves located there. The line was closed to passengers in 1931 but remained open for goods until 1971. Part of it was later reopened as the heritage Battlefield Line.
A second station in Nuneaton; Nuneaton Midland had been opened by the Midland Railway in 1864 on the line between Birmingham and Leicester. When both the LNWR and Midland Railway became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1924, both station were renamed; the present station becoming known as Nuneaton Trent Valley, and the former Midland station becoming Nuneaton Abbey Street. Abbey Street station was closed in 1968, and the present station reverted to being called just 'Nuneaton', and took on the Birmingham to Leicester services.
Other stations serving Nuneaton included the aforementioned Abbey Street, and two suburban stations at Stockingford on the line towards Birmingham, and Chilvers Coton on the line to Coventry. These were all closed in the 1960s under the 1963 Reshaping of British Railways report, leaving only the present one. In addition, on 18 January 1965 the Coventry – Nuneaton Line closed to passengers, reopening to passengers in 1988. In 2016 a new station in Nuneaton; Bermuda Park was opened on this line.
In 2004 Network Rail built two new platforms numbered 6 and 7 on the eastern side of the station. These were built as part of a grade separation project to separate trains on the Birmingham to Peterborough line, from those on the West Coast Main Line and so avoid conflicting movements: A disused flyover north of the station carrying Birmingham to Peterborough line over the WCML was restored to use, and a connection was built between this and the new platforms, which were dedicated to the Birmingham-Leicester-East Anglia services.
In November 2012, the 0.9 mile Nuneaton North Chord opened to the north of the station. The chord allows freight trains approaching Nuneaton from Felixstowe via the Birmingham–Peterborough line, to join the northbound WCML after crossing the flyover, allowing them to avoid conflicts with southbound main line trains.
Virgin Trains services from London Euston to Crewe, Chester, Holyhead, Liverpool Lime Street, Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly also call during peak hours. Prior to December 2008, Virgin Trains was the sole provider of services to/from London; since then, West Midlands Trains has been the main provider.
CrossCountry operate two trains per hour, westbound to Birmingham New Street, and eastbound to Leicester, one of these continues to Stansted Airport via Peterborough and Cambridge. All services on this line use platforms 6 and 7.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Bermuda Park||West Midlands Railway
|Rugby||London Northwestern Railway
Blackpool - London
WCML Blackpool North - London Euston
|Milton Keynes Central|
In June 2018, the Office of Rail and Road approved an application from Great North Western Railway for five direct services per day from Blackpool North to London Euston calling at: Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham & Wesham, Preston, Nuneaton and Milton Keynes Central. The service is planned to start in September 2019. However in June 2019, it was announced the service would begin in Spring 2020 and would be operated by sister company, Grand Central.  On the same day the company revealed its timetable for its new Blackpool North to London Euston. 
On the early hours of 6 June 1975, an overnight sleeper train from London to Glasgow derailed and crashed just south of Nuneaton station, killing six people and injuring 38. It was caused when the train ran onto a length of temporary track with a speed restriction at too high a speed; lighting equipment illuminating a board giving advance warning of the speed restriction failed, and this led the driver to wrongly conclude that it had been lifted, so he failed to slow down. One of the locomotives mounted the platform, causing damage to the station. A plaque commemorating the victims of the crash was unveiled at the station in August 2015.
Motive Power DepotEdit
The LNWR opened a small locomotive depot in 1847 which was used until 1878 when it was replaced by a larger facility. The engine sheds were doubled in size in 1888 and enlarged still further in 1892. This was an important freight Depot for the WCML and its connections at Trent Valley Station, also catering for local passenger services. It was located to the south of the station between the main line and that to Coventry. The depot closed 6 June 1966 and has since been demolished.
- "Nuneaton Trent Valley Station". Warwickshire Raiways. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- "L. & N.W. Railway Company's Enterprise. Opening of a new station at Nuneaton". Coventry Standard. British Newspaper Archive. 1 October 1915. Retrieved 9 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "NUNEATON UPGRADE GATHERS PACE WITH £16 MILLION CONTRACT AWARD". Network Rail. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- "West Coast upgrade enters the final stage". Railway Gazette International. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
- "Nuneaton North chord freight line now open" (Press release). Network Rail. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
- "Work starts on Nuneaton chord". Rail Magazine. Peterborough. 10 August 2011. p. 20.
- "Nuneaton north chord officially opened" The Railway Magazine issue 1341 January 2013 page 9
- "New Nuneaton North Chord Opens" Today's Railways issue 133 January 2013 page 10
- Timetables London North Western Railway
- Timetables Virgin Trains
- Timetables Archived 16 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine CrossCountry
- "Application for a new track access contract for services between London Euston and Blackpool North" (PDF). Office of Rail and Road. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
- "NEW BLACKPOOL TO LONDON RAIL SERVICES APPROVED". Alliance Rail Holdings. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
- Grand Central plans new Blackpool to London route from 2020 in major boost for the local economy grandcentralrail.com; 24 June 2019
- London to Blackpool grandcentralrail.com; 24 June 2019
- "Nuneaton Memorial unveiled 40 years on from Nuneaton train disaster". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- Griffiths, Roger; Smith, Paul (1999). The directory of British engine Sheds and Principal Locomotive Servicing Points: 1. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 155. ISBN 0-86093-542-6.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nuneaton railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Nuneaton railway station from National Rail
- Historical photographs of Nuneaton Station at warwickshirerailways.com