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Lichfield Trent Valley railway station

lichfield trent valley railway station
Lichfield Trent Valley is a railway station on the outskirts of the city of Lichfield in Staffordshire, England It is one of two stations in Lichfield, the other being Lichfield City in the city-centre It is a split-level station, with low level platforms served by the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line, and a single high level platform which is the northern terminus of the Cross-City Line


  • 1 Location
  • 2 Features
  • 3 Services
    • 31 West Coast Main Line
    • 32 Cross City Line
  • 4 History
  • 5 1946 accident
  • 6 Notes
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The station is located 1 mile north-east from the City Centre and serves the East and North side of the city, as well as being used by commuters from surrounding villages, such as Fradley, Alrewas and Whittington The station bears the name Trent Valley, as do other stations on the line such as Rugeley Trent Valley, due to the fact that the line was opened by the Trent Valley Railway, which ran between Rugby and Stafford1 The River Trent is found around 6 miles north of Lichfield Trent Valley at Wynchnor Junction, where it is joined by two of its tributaries, the River Tame and the River Mease Access to the station is from the A5127 The station serves as a connecting station for travellers wishing to get to Birmingham on the Cross-City Line


The High Level Cross-City Line terminus platform

Its low-level platforms are located on the Trent Valley Line section of the West Coast Main Line WCML Facilities are basic – the original station buildings on the low-level platforms were demolished in 1969 and replaced with a basic wooden building and shelter23

Above this, a single platform at a right-angle to the low-level platforms, forms the high-level part of the station This is the northern terminus of the Cross-City Line, which passes over the WCML on a bridge The high-level platform is connected by stairs from the low-level platforms and also serves as a footbridge for passenger access to the southbound low-level platform

North of the high-level station, the line continues to Wychnor Junction where it joins the Cross Country Route towards Derby This stretch of line remains open for freight trains and occasional diversions, but no longer has a passenger service Passenger services used to run north to Alrewas and Burton-on-Trent, but these ceased when the high-level station was closed in 1965 One platform of the high-level station was reopened as the northern terminus of the Cross City Line in 1988 by British Rail, with southbound services to Birmingham, Longbridge and Redditch only A single track chord connects the low and high level lines at the north of the station, but this is rarely used23


West Coast Main Lineedit

In the current May 2017 timetable there is a basic daytime frequency of one train per hour each way including Sundays – southbound to London Euston via Milton Keynes Central and northbound to Crewe via Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent4 Additional Virgin Trains services also call, providing links to Manchester Piccadilly, Lancaster, Glasgow Central, Liverpool Lime Street, Crewe, Preston and Carlisle in the northbound direction and to London southbound5 Virgin Trains services operate in the weekday peaks

Cross City Lineedit

There are two trains per hour throughout the day on the Cross-City line to Redditch or Longbridge There is an enhanced service during the Monday to Friday commuter peaks On Sundays there is typically a half-hourly service to Redditch serving all stations en route6


The first station, built in 1847 Lichfield Trent Valley Low Level in 1962 Lichfield Trent Valley Station – June 2014

The Trent Valley Railway TVR, which connected the London and Birmingham Railway L&BR at Rugby with the Grand Junction Railway GJR at Stafford, was formed on 21 July 18457 and opened on 15 September 1847,8 and included a station at Lichfield;9 in the meantime, the L&BR, GJR and Manchester and Birmingham Railway had amalgamated in July 1846 as the London and North Western Railway LNWR,10 which itself absorbed the TVR later in 18468 This first station at Lichfield was built in 1847 This station was situated north of Burton Road approximately 02 miles north of the current crossing point The architect, John William Livock, built the station in a Tudor Gothic style11

The South Staffordshire Railway SSR, which connected Dudley with Burton-on-Trent, was formed on 6 October 1846 by amalgamation of two smaller railways, both of which had been formed on 3 August 184612 The line north of Walsall opened on 9 April 1849,13 but the station named Lichfield Trent Valley Junction was not opened until August 18499 Lichfield Trent Valley Junction was built south of Burton Road close to Streethay just past the present signal box From it a spur line descended to the other station north of the crossing point to allow passengers to transfer to the LNWR main line below14 The SSR was leased to the LNWR in February 1861, and was absorbed by that company on 15 July 186715

On 3 July 1871, both of these stations were closed by the LNWR, which replaced them with a single station; Lichfield Trent Valley was built in its present location with high and low-level platforms adjoining each other The Low Level platforms, serving the Rugby-Stafford line, were situated approximately 400 m 440 yd south of the original TVR station The High Level platforms closed on 18 January 1965 with the withdrawal of passenger services between Lichfield City and Burton-on-Trent On 28 November 1988, the service between Birmingham and Lichfield City was extended, and initially both of the High Level platforms at Lichfield Trent Valley were reopened as a terminus, with steps leading up to both sides from the low level platforms916 At that time the service was hourly, and the diesel units were shunted as empty coaching stock North from the Down Walsall platform to just past the high level signalbox There they would be crossed over to the Up Walsall line and proceed into the up platform17 These workings remained in place until the now current trailing crossover just south of the high level platform was opened during the electrification and upgrading of the line in 1992 Once the new trailing crossing had been commissioned the Up Walsall platform was closed and the electric trains terminated in the Down Walsall platform without requiring a shunt move to reverse

The signal box was demolished over the weekend of 15 June 2008 as part of the West Coast upgrade

In December 2013 work started on an upgrade to the station, this included the opening of an additional car park in February 2014 and construction of a new station building18

1946 accidentedit

Main article: Lichfield rail crash

On New Year's Day 1946 it was the site of a points failure resulting in an express Fleetwood to London Broad Street fish train being diverted into a stationary local passenger train standing in the up platform loop, resulting in the deaths of 20 people and injury of 21 more The disaster is one of the very rare cases in the UK of mechanical point interlocking failing to prevent an accident


  1. ^ Awdry, Christopher 1990 Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies London: Guild Publishing p 107 CN 8983 
  2. ^ a b "Lichfield Domestic Buildings" british-historyacuk Retrieved 22 October 2013 
  3. ^ a b Doherty, Andrew "Lichfield Trent Valley 1847 to present" Rails around Birmingham & the West Midlands 
  4. ^ GB eNRT May 2017 Edition, Table 67
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2017 Edition, Table 65 Network Rail
  6. ^ GB eNRT May 2017 Edition, Timetable 69: Lichfield – Birmingham – Longbridge and Redditch Network Rail
  7. ^ Awdry 1990, p 107
  8. ^ a b James 1983, p 48
  9. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p 142
  10. ^ James 1983, p 43
  11. ^ Clayton 1981, p 27
  12. ^ Awdry 1990, pp 103,107
  13. ^ James 1983, p 59
  14. ^ Clayton 1981, p 46
  15. ^ James 1983, p 50
  16. ^ Baker 2007, p 41, section A2
  17. ^ ex-signalman recalls
  18. ^ "Work underway on £900,000 improvements at Lichfield Trent Valley railway station – but still no lift for disabled passengers" Lichfield Mercury 17 December 2013 Retrieved 19 March 2014 


  • Awdry, Christopher 1990 Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies London: Guild Publishing CN 8983 
  • Baker, SK April 2007 1977 Rail Atlas Great Britain & Ireland 11th ed Hersham: Oxford Publishing Co ISBN 978-0-86093-602-2 0704/K 
  • Butt, RVJ 1995 The Directory of Railway Stations Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd ISBN 1-85260-508-1 R508 
  • Clayton, Howard 1981 Cathedral City: A Look at Victorian Lichfield Abottsford Publishing ISBN 978-0-9503563-1-0 
  • James, Leslie November 1983 A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways 1778–1855 Shepperton: Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-1277-6 BE/1183 
  • Whittaker, Nicholas 1995 Platform Souls London: Gollancz ISBN 0-575-05981-8 

External linksedit

  • Train times and station information for Lichfield Trent Valley railway station from National Rail
  • Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Lichfield Trent Valley station
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Tamworth London Midland London – Crewe Rugeley Trent Valley
Terminus London Midland Cross-City Line Lichfield City
Tamworth Virgin Trains London-Manchester Stafford
Tamworth Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line Stafford
Historical railways
Alrewas Line and station closed London and North Western Railway South Staffordshire Railway Lichfield City Line and station open

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