Cheltenham Spa railway station

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Cheltenham Spa railway station
Cheltenham Spa railway station is in Gloucestershire, England, on the Bristol-Birmingham main line. It is managed by First Great Western and is about one mile from the town centre.

History

Railways around Cheltenham


to Birmingham

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham High Street Halt

Cheltenham High Street

Cheltenham St James

Cheltenham Malvern Road

Cheltenham Lansdown



Cheltenham Leckhampton to Banbury

The first railway to Cheltenham was the broad-gauge Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (C&GWUR), authorised by Act of Parliament in 1836, and opened between Cheltenham and Gloucester in 1840. In the same year the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway (B&GR) opened its line between Cheltenham and Bromsgrove, whence trains ran on mixed-gauge tracks to Gloucester. Both railways had their own stations in the town, and the principal one, Cheltenham Spa (Lansdown), named from the principal road in the area, is the only one remaining, although without its secondary title. The C&GWUR was taken over by the Great Western Railway in 1844, and the B&GR by the Midland Railway in 1846. Within the town there were three other passenger railway stations: Malvern Road , St James's and Cheltenham South and Leckhampton ; there was also High Street Halt and the Racecourse Platform , open only on race days. Cheltenham Spa Malvern Road West Signal Box, and its east equivalent, had the longest namesigns on the GWR.

Services
Cheltenham Spa station is served on Mondays to Fridays by between 8 and 12 trains every hour during the daytime Monday to Saturday, and there are concerns of congestion occurring at the station, especially if services become delayed. First Great Western operates hourly Cheltenham- Swindon services with two-hourly extensions to London Paddington, via the Golden Valley Line through Stonehouse, Stroud and Kemble. First Great Western also operates local two-hourly Bristol-Cheltenham trains (every other hour they terminate at Gloucester), all of which are extended to and from Worcester and some to and from Great Malvern in the north, and Westbury in the south, with some continuing to Weymouth and Brighton. CrossCountry serves the town with trains to Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance to the south, and Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, York, Edinburgh, Manchester and Glasgow, among other destinations, to the north. Cheltenham Spa is the terminus for the Arriva Trains Wales local stopping Maesteg and Cardiff to Cheltenham service. The London Midland Worcester to Gloucester service was discontinued from the start of the December 2009 railway timetable due to low passenger usage.

Future plans
Gloucestershire County Council has proposed a new station called Gloucestershire Parkway railway station. Local fears were that this would severely impact services to Cheltenham Spa; the project is currently shelved.

to Gloucester Preceding station National Rail Following station Gloucester Arriva Trains Wales Maesteg - Cheltenham Terminus Gloucester CrossCountry Cardiff - Nottingham University or Ashchurch for Tewkesbury or Bromsgrove Bristol Parkway or Gloucester CrossCountry Cross-Country Route Birmingham New Street Gloucester First Great Western Cheltenham - London/Swindon Terminus Gloucester First Great Western Great Malvern - Westbury Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Historical railways Churchdown Line open, station closed Midland Railway Birmingham and Gloucester Railway Cheltenham High Street Line open, station closed Disused railways Leckhampton Line and station closed Great Western Railway Midland and South Western Junction Railway Terminus

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