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Nuneaton's new platform   After so many years of station reductions and closures, it's good to see expansion again. In this case it's Nuneaton's new platform, built as part of line modernisation but also following an increase in passenger business passing through a complex station.

Wheels: BL.  If you're on wheels, see our Easy Access page for explanation.

Please note: the notes and sketches are intended only to give a general impression, and should not be relied upon for more than that. Dudley Mall accepts no liability for errors, but will correct any significant ones notified to us through or by post to Dudley Mall, 62 Gervase Drive, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AT.
New Street plan BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET has a full description page to itself here. When you've viewed it, click the Back button that you'll find at top or bottom of the page to return here. For simple convenience, however, this is our main plan. We've labelled the east and west ends, but trains can go in almost any direction from either end - and when under pressure, they do! Wheels: BM. [revisited 2008]

Water Orton Plan
Water Orton Plan
Water Orton still has a brick station building on the overbridge on Minworth Road, but the only part of it now in use is the passageway that leads to a covered staircase (30 steps, no lift or ramp) down to the single island platform. Facilities there comprise one bus shelter and a train timetable that boasts an astonishing range of destinations for such an apparently insignificant place. There are also non-stop trains that pass through at speed, so take care. There is no parking at the station itself, but there is free parking just round the corner in Birmingham Road and a variety of shops nearby. Wheels: BL. [revisited 2009]

Coleshill Parkway photo COLESHILL PARKWAY is a completely new 2-platform station opened in late August 2007. It has been designed from the outset as a transport hub with an adjoining bus station and substantial car parking on the opposite side of the line reached by the road overbridge. The ticket office is located below the road bridge.

Coleshill Parkway Plan The ramp access to platform 1 is close to the ticket office and right by it is the lift to the passenger bridge, spiralled by stairs for fitter (or more hurried) passengers. Wheels: BL.

The photo looks west towards Birmingham. It shows the airy modern standard bus shelters used, and you can just see the orange-on-black electronic train announcing screens close to the overbridge. Beyond the fence to the left is the bus station, and the road bridge going over the line to the car park on the right-hand side. This is in two parts with an underpass linking them. The passenger overbridge tends to dominate the view, but from this angle has competition from commercial premises.

Nuneaton Frontage NUNEATON station lies on the north side of the town centre, just to the west of the A444. It is at the confluence of lines from Birmingham, Stafford, Leicester, Coventry and Rugby and this complexity has created a sizeable station. The buildings have not been 'modernised' (in the stripped to bus shelters sense) and the station thus retains a full set of waiting rooms, refreshments, even a model shop, and extensive platform canopies to give shelter. An overbridge gives normal pedestrian access between platforms, but passenger lifts have been added as well.
Nuneaton Plan

In 2003-4 the rail approaches were remodelled to allow a new platform (6/7) to be added to relieve the pressure on this busy station as part of the West Coast Main Line modernisation scheme. The new platform is reached by an extension to the passenger overbridge and a new lift down to the new platform. Outside, there is substantial pay and display parking with daily rate (3.00 in 2003) as the minimum fee. Wheels: BL, SR.

Nuneaton also serves the Stafford-Rugby line.

Hinckley Plan HINCKLEY Although we later visited this station for ourselves, the interim description kindly provided by a correspondent is still partly used here. The station is a few minutes walk from the town centre (but rather intermittently signed for cars). It lies next to a supermarket, and has car parking for about 50 cars (1 per day in 2003). The station building has been partly commercialised but retains a modern ticket office and waiting room on the Leicester-bound platform, both open from early morning until lunchtime. Afterwards, a small recess under a canopy continues to offer shelter. A huge ramped overbridge at the Leicester end of the station gives access to the Nuneaton/Birmingham-bound platform, and is also a public right of way between Hinckley and the nearby village of Burbage. The Nuneaton platform offers a small bus shelter with about six seats. The platforms were relaid in an attractive block paved style in 2002 - though bigger shelters might have been more appreciated, judging by the number of passengers waiting for trains when we were there. We couldn't check the ticket office, but everything else is easy access. Wheels: BL

Narborough Level Crossing NARBOROUGH  Like hundreds of other stations, Narborough was built adjacent to a road for ease of access, but in times of rather less traffic. Even so, this 4-way cast iron London & North Western Railway passenger overbridge (probably built 100 years ago and looking good enough for another 100) was designed to assist pedestrian traffic along the road as well as passengers on the station. Beyond it lies the station building, still with a ticket office, but nowadays working commuter hours - i.e. early morning to lunchtime, and restricting waiting room access to the same hours, with no shelter thereafter.
Narborough Plan On the opposite side of the line the wooden hut was replaced in 2006 by a modern bus shelter. Behind the crossing cabin (at left in the photo) is a parking area for 6-8 cars, but some of this may now be for private use. Both platforms can be reached easily, so wheeled access is no problem.
Wheels: BL.

For those with an interest, the former goods shed survives as a builders merchant. Our thanks to John Casingena for providing update notes.

South Wigston Plan SOUTH WIGSTON station lies at the bottom of Kenilworth Road, deep in housing estates. However, it is frequently signed. To our surprise, we discovered the station was opened in 1986, as it looked to have been there far longer. It seems to have been an exercise in bringing the railway to the suburbs, but with a service at roughly 2-hour intervals, its value may lie largely with commuter traffic rather than shoppers. The platforms are staggered either side of a pedestrian-only road bridge, with longish ramps down to both. The bridge has vehicle barriers which don't seem to deter kids on bikes, but may be impassable for wheelchairs from at least one direction (we overlooked the point until too late and would welcome information). The platforms have slightly woe-begone half-shelters with 4-6 seats. Wheels: BL for the ramps but see the note above.

Leicester plan LEICESTER Over time Leicester has had four stations, but the Midland Railway-built station in London Road now handles all the traffic. It sports its original frontage with a covered arrival shed for horse and carriage traffic, now used for taxis and picking up and setting down.

The station concourse has a ticket office, cafe, bookseller & newsagent and a current trains electronic display. Beyond is a level approach to the passenger overbridge, then steps down to two island platforms with waiting rooms and other facilities, all covered by extensive canopies. Another overbridge at the northern end of the platforms links to a car park with about 180 places and a daily rate (in May 2003) of 6. Access for wheeled users wasn't obvious, but there are lifts linking the platforms, and a ramp up to the arrival shed which suggests it serves for parcels handling and disabled needs on request. Incidentally, you'll notice a pedestrian crossing indicated outside the station. If you want to cross London Road, use it and live longer. Wheels: BL.

Leicester also serves the Nottingham/Derby to Bedford line and the Leicester to Cambridge line

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Birmingham - Derby & Nottingham
Birmingham - Kidderminster & Worcester
Birmingham - Leamington Spa
Birmingham - Leicester
Birmingham - Lichfield
Birmingham - Redditch & Worcester
Birmingham - Rugeley
Birmingham - Stratford-upon-Avon
Bristol - Exeter
Cheltenham Spa - Cardiff
Chester - Hereford & Cardiff
Chester - Llandudno
Crewe - Shrewsbury
Crewe & Stoke - Wolverhampton & Birmingham
Derby & Nottingham - Bedford & London
Ipswich - Cambridge & Norwich
Leamington Spa - London
Leamington Spa - Oxford
Leicester - Cambridge
Lowestoft - Ipswich
Manchester - Crewe via M. Airport
Manchester - Crewe via Stockport
Norwich - Cambridge
Norwich - Great Yarmouth
Norwich - Lowestoft
Norwich - Sheringham
Nottingham - Grantham
Oxford - Bicester
Shrewsbury - Llandrindod
Stafford - Rugby via Trent Valley
Stoke-on-Trent - Derby      
Walsall - Shrewsbury
Worcester - Hereford
Worcester - Oxford
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