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Stoke-on-Trent Station    STOKE-ON-TRENT station is a grand example of North Staffordshire Railway architecture along its road frontage (if less inspiring on the platforms), and is a rare Midlands survival of a traditional overall trainshed roof. There are two main line platform faces plus a bay platform, and the passenger link is an underpass. Wheelchair users can get across the line using a lift to an overbridge. Stoke-on-Trent has a full set of services - waiting rooms (including a separate first class waiting room), food, newspapers, toilets, and so forth, though most are on the southbound platform.
Stoke-on-Trent Plan The entrance hall has been modernised within the old North Staffs shell, and is carefully observed by a statue of Josiah Wedgwood directly across the street. Apart from a small set-down area by the entrance, there is no station parking and very little street parking, though a pay-and- display area was being completed along the street when we visited. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank to the north of the station entrance. Wheels: SD.

Stoke also serves the Crewe to Birmingham route.

Longton Plan LONGTON station is in the fork of King Street and Baths Road and sits practically in front of the town hall (the overbridge just ahead of the station has that honour). Longton is a minimalist embankment station - two platforms, skinny half-shelters, and a brick staircase (32 steps) up each side, meaning no wheelchair access. There is no ticket office, seating or any other amenity. The overbridge has assisted town planners in shaping a small but quite complex junction beneath it (simplified here), in a town which already has enough one way streets and bus lanes to support civic pride in a much larger borough, so be vigilant if you haven't been to the station before. Finally, note that there is no parking at the station itself, and no obvious parking nearby. Wheels: SD.

Blythe Bridge Plan BLYTHE BRIDGE is a fairly typical small two-platform station at a level crossing: plain platforms with reasonable bus-shelter protection and seats inside for about 4 people. The Derby platform has an information board and easy ramp from beside the level crossing; the Stoke platform has been narrowed at one end, but fattened around the shelter to compensate. On that side the ramp is down to a reasonably large car park (possibly free, but not confirmed), whose narrow entrance/exit is very close to the lifting gates of the level crossing across the main road. Wheels: SD

Uttoxeter Plan UTTOXETER station is immediately adjacent to the Uttoxeter Race track, so follow the signs for that on the A518, and you should start to pick up station signs. The station approach is off one of the A518's roundabouts, dropping down alongside a small trading estate. The station is easy to find, though the parking area (18-20 cars) may be full - but you may be able to park in the approach road. There are two platforms - the far one being reached by a footboard across the track. Apart from the usual sloped end of the platforms, both platforms are easy access. There is a bus shelter on each side with seats for about 6 people each. A computer monitor on a post near the footboard crossing gives train times and (presumably) service messages. There is a (real) bus shelter on the approach road, not far from the platforms. Wheels: SD.

Tutbury Plan TUTBURY & HATTON station serves the two separate villages of those names and is sited at a level crossing between them, by a supermarket on the A511. The station has two narrow platforms, one each side of the crossing and is guarded by a crossing keeper in his box by the road. The Stoke platform has a bus shelter, both platforms have easy-access ramps and their own information boards. Wheels: SD.

This station is listed only because it exists. But on this line service, its train calls are typically two per day in each direction, hence the lack of a fuller description.

Derby plan DERBY is the former headquarters of the old Midland Railway and its railway works, and is still a railway technical and manufacturing centre, hence the space the site occupies. The station facilities are modern or modernised, and it's a fairly pleasant station to use. The entrance includes the ticket office, a bookshop and snack facilities, and there is a refreshment room on platform 4/5/6 (not platform 2/3 as per the sketch, we're told). There are waiting rooms on two of the platforms, and access to everything is from an overhead passenger bridge. This is just the usual nuisance to prams but rules out wheelchairs. But wheelchairs can use the overbridge to get across the line, and there is a ramped service tunnel between platforms at the Birmingham end, which can be used by wheelchairs if railway staff assistance is sought. There is no free parking, and at the time of the visit in 2002, the main parking was 5 per day. Wheels: SD.

This line continues on to Nottingham, or you can change at Derby for the route to Burton-on-Trent and Birmingham. Click here to transfer to our guide for either direction.

Routes and Resources Table: Front Information Page Birmingham All-Stations Map
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Stations A-Z      
Birmingham New Street Station
Birmingham - Cheltenham & Bristol
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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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