- Loughborough railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Loughborough
East Midlands Trains
code = LBO
borough = Charnwood
start = 1872
platforms = 3
usage0405 = 1.152
usage0506 = 1.147
usage0607 = 1.277
Loughborough serves the town of
Loughboroughin 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.
The usable length of the station platforms are shorter than the express trains which stop here, so passengers arriving from London, Derby or Sheffield will usually have to get off from the front four carriages (or rear four if travelling into Loughborough from the north on the old style 9-carriage "high speed trains"). Elderly passengers or those with pushchairs, heavy luggage or bicycles wishing to alight at Loughborough should take particular care to board the correct portion of the train. Cycles may have to be stored in vestibules away from the cycle lockers depending on the orientation of the train
The original station (opened in
1840by the Midland Counties Railway, which was shortly to join the North Midland Railwayand the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railwayto form the Midland Railway) was sited a little further south.
The present station was built in
1872when 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. The station is grade IIlisted [http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/environment/loughborough-statutorylist.html#loughborough18b]
It became known as "Loughborough Midland" when Loughborough had three stations; Loughborough Derby Road (
London and North Western Railway- station now closed) and Loughborough Central ( Great Central Railwaynow used by the Great Central Railway (preserved)).
East Midlands Trainsoperate the station as well as all services (bar one per day).
* Ivanhoe services operate hourly northbound to Lincoln calling at:::Nottingham, Carlton, Burton Joyce, Bleasby, Fiskerton, Rolleston, Newark Castle, Collingham, Swinderby, Hykeham, and Lincoln Central
* East Midlands Trains London operate two trains per hour to London calling at:::Leicester, Market Harborough, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford,
Lutonor Luton Airport Parkway, and London St Pancras International
* Northbound one train operates to Nottingham calling at::Beeston and Nottingham
* The other to Derby calling at:::Long Eaton and Derby
* In the evening peak hours additional trains stop and run to Burton on Trent, Sheffield, Barnsley and Leeds calling at::additional locations such as Burton upon Trent, Langley Mill, Alfreton, Barnsley, Doncaster, Wakefield and Leeds
CrossCountryoperate one train a day (06:30 Leicester - Derby) which calls at the station. Departing at 06:45, the train terminates at Derbycalling at Long Eaton and Spondon.
East Midlands trains proposed timetable for December 2008 will see through services from London to Lincoln and
Skegness, and the end of services to Burton on Trentand Barnsley
Travellers have expressed concern in the local pressFact|date=July 2008 that when the new East Midlands Parkway opens near
East Midlands Airport, the number of trains stopping at Loughborough will be reduced, as half of all London-Derby Trains will stop at the Parkway station instead. Concerns were expressed that this would be the beginning of a downgrading of Loughborough Station.Fact|date=July 2008 The same thing will happen at Wellingborough and Kettering beacuse of the new Corby station meaning the only the Nottingham train will call at the two stations.
* Higginson, M, (1989) "The Midland Counties Railway: A Pictorial Survey," Derby: Midland Railway Trust.
* [http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/EMTrains/YourJourney/OurNetworkAndStations.htm Station info from East Midlands Trains]
* [http://www.kinchbus.co.uk/airline.html Airline Shuttle bus timetable]
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