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Loughborough
Platform 1
Location
Place Loughborough
Local authority Charnwood
Operations
Station code LBO
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Platforms in use 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 * 1.152 million
2005/06 * 1.147 million
2006/07 * 1.277 million
2007/08 * 1.363 million
History
Opened 1872 (1872)
National Rail - UK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Loughborough from Office of Rail Regulation statistics.

Loughborough railway station serves the town of Loughborough in Leicestershire, England. Situated on the Midland Main Line, 20 km (12½ miles) north of Leicester, the station lies to the north-east of the town centre.

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History

The original station (opened in 1840 by the Midland Counties Railway, which was shortly to join the North Midland Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway to form the Midland Railway) was sited a little further south.[1]

The present station was built in 1872 when the track was quadrupled and has retained much of its characteristically Midland Railway architecture, apart from the fact that its canopies have been cut back.[2] The station is grade II listed [3]

It became known as "Loughborough Midland" when Loughborough had three stations; Loughborough Derby Road (opened 1883 on the Charnwood Forest Railway, owned by London and North Western Railway from 1923 and closed to passengers in 1931) and Loughborough Central (Great Central Railway now used by the Great Central Railway (preserved)).

Facilities

The station is a staffed station based on a Side platform layout, a third short platform was created on the down slow line for the comencement of Ivanhoe Line passenger services in 1993.

In 2000 passenger information systems were updated and now use dot matrix display screens. Loughborough retains a manual Tannoy system. In 2006 automatic ticket gates were installed on all approaches to the station in order to cut down on Fare evasion, these were complemented with ticket vending machines and additional FastTicket machines. Other facilities include bicycle racks, paid car parking, a shop and snack bar, public telephones and toilets. Taxis and buses are available outside, including a bus to East Midlands Airport.[4]

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Todays Access

Disabled passengers travelling south may need staff assistance to reach platforms 2 and 3, as they are across a footbridge with no lifts. The northbound platform 1 is accessible without steps. Despite plans to improve access to the other platforms[5], as of January 2010 no changes have been made.

Due to a narrow road bridge, the usable length of the station platforms is shorter than most express trains. Passengers arriving from London, Derby or Sheffield may need to move down the train before arrival in order to get off, usually to the front four carriages.[6]

Future Access

Although plans to improve acess for all at the listed station, have been talked about for many years very little has changed or imprproved. Loughborough Eastern Gateway [7] aims to improve the area around the station as well as the station itself. Work started on the scheme in March 2010.[8]

It is planned that all platforms will be extended by upto 177 metres by no later than 2012.[9]

Service patterns

A Map of East Midlands Trains InterCity services showing the current service pattern each hour

Rail routes run north-south through Loughborough along the route known as the Midland Main Line, going south to Leicester, Kettering, Bedford, Luton and London; and north to Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield.

East Midlands Trains (EMT) operate the station as well as all services.

The usual Monday - Saturday service pattern is as follows:

Preceding station   National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
Limited Service
Limited Service
East Midlands Trains
East Midlands Trains
Nottingham-Norwich
Limited Service

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Coordinates: 52°46′44.67″N 1°11′45.77″W / 52.779075°N 1.1960472°W / 52.779075; -1.1960472


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