Shrewsbury Railway Station
Shrewsbury railway station (formerly known as Shrewsbury General) is a Grade II listed railway station serving Shrewsbury, county town of Shropshire, England. It is the only remaining railway station in the town; Shrewsbury Abbey, as well as other small stations around the town, having long closed. The station was built in 1848 and has been extended several times since. Grade II listed building in 1969. The station is 69 km (43 mi) north west of Birmingham New Street and serves as the rail 'Gateway to Wales' as many trains coming from England have to go through the station to reach Wales. Shrewsbury station is the busiest station in Shropshire and tenth busiest in the West Midlands region (by 2009/10 usage figures).

Shrewsbury railway station was originally built in October 1848 for the county's first railway - the Shrewsbury to Chester Line. The architect was Thomas Penson Penson of Oswestry. The building is unusual, in that the station was extended between 1899 and 1903 by the construction of a new floor underneath the original station building. The building style was imitation Tudor, complete with carvings of Tudor style heads around the window frames. This was done to match the Tudor building of Shrewsbury School (now Shrewsbury Library) almost directly opposite. The station's platforms also extend over the River Severn. It was operated jointly by the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the London and North Western Railway (LNWR). At Shrewsbury in steam days, the GWR regularly turned its locomotives by running round the triangle formed by using the Abbey Foregate loop, which links the Wolverhampton Line with the Welsh Marches Line and enables through running for freight trains, summer Saturday specials and formerly for trains like the Cambrian Coast Express. The station was given Grade II listed status in May 1969. This applies to the 'Castle Foregate' entrance block on the east side of the station.

Platforms and facilities

Platform layout

As of 2010 , the station is operated by Arriva Trains Wales as one of their key network hubs. There are five platforms in use, numbered 3 to 7 (platforms 1 and 2 have no track), of which platforms 4, 5, 6 and 7 are grouped on a main island, while platforms 1, 2 and 3 are separate, located by the main station building. Platform 3 is used occasionally only by trains running in from the Wolverhampton direction and out towards Chester. Changes currently underway to the signalling and track will allow additional passenger trains (those coming in from and going out to the Hereford, Heart of Wales and Cambrian lines) to use platform 3. A passenger lift was opened on the platform in 2009 and a waiting room opened shortly after. Platforms 4 and 7 are through platforms, usually used for trains between Holyhead (via Chester) and Cardiff Central/ Birmingham International and between Manchester Piccadilly (via Crewe) and Cardiff, Carmarthen, and Milford Haven. Platforms 5 and 6 are bay platforms, used mainly for trains to and from Aberystwyth and Birmingham, as well as trains for the Heart of Wales Line. The island platforms are connected to the main station building and platform 3 by a pedestrian subway running underneath the station. A pedestrian footbridge over the platforms still exists but has long been disconnected from the station; instead, it is a public walkway allowing the public to cross over the station area.


Railway lines in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury to Chester Line

Welsh Marches Line towards Crewe


River Severn

Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line

Cambrian Line

Arriva Trains Wales
  • Alternate hourly service from Holyhead via Chester to Birmingham International or Cardiff Central.
  • Two-hourly services from Aberystwyth and Pwllheli via the Cambrian Line to Birmingham International.
  • Hourly services from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central via the Welsh Marches Line. There is also a two-hourly local stopping service to Crewe on this route.
  • Services via the Heart of Wales Line to Swansea. Four trains per day each way Monday”“Saturday and two trains each way on Sundays.
  • Locomotive-hauled "Premier" service between Holyhead and Cardiff Central via Crewe. One train each way per day.
London Midland
  • Hourly stopping service to Birmingham New Street

Severn Bridge Junction signal box , at the south end of the station and built by the LNWR, is the largest surviving mechanical signal box in Britain, with a frame accommodating 180 levers, and is a listed building. Whilst the line beyond Abbey Foregate signal box to Wolverhampton has been updated to electronic signalling, Shrewsbury itself is set to remain lever operated for the foreseeable future - BBC News. As a result of Shrewsbury's joint ( GWR/ LNWR) history, and having been transferred at different times between the Western and London Midland regions of BR and more recently Network Rail - it is now in the Great Western territory again - the signalling is a diverse mixture of lower-quadrant and upper-quadrant semaphore signals, with a few colour lights too. Crewe Junction , on the north end of the station, accommodates around 120 levers and is of the same design as Severn Bridge Junction. The other Shrewsbury signal boxes are at Abbey Foregate (to a GWR design), controlling the eastern corner of the triangle, Sutton Bridge Junction where the Aberystwyth line diverges from the Hereford line, Crewe Bank (was to have been closed on 4/4/2009, but still hanging on) just beyond the station towards Crewe, and Harlescott Crossing , slightly further on towards Crewe. One small change planned to happen soon is to improve the signalling so that trains from/to the Hereford/Aberystwyth line can arrive into or depart from Platform 3. Though the track layout can already accommodate this, there is no route from English Bridge Junction into this platform, and only southbound shunting moves from Platform 3 can currently be made because the main junction points are not fitted with a facing point lock for moves in that direction.

Station usage
According to the Office of Rail Regulation statistics for the 2006/07 financial year, 674,827 people joined the railway system at Shrewsbury station, and 667,982 left it there (based on tickets sold at Shrewsbury, and tickets sold to Shrewsbury; with 247,741 passengers interchanging between services.

Future development
It has been proposed that Shrewsbury should have a Parkway railway station built on the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line, east of the town at either Preston or Emstrey, adjacent to the A5 road. This new station would act as a fourth Park & Ride site to simultaneously serve shoppers and commuters from Telford and the West Midlands as well as provide parking for commuters on their way from the county town to the West Midlands and beyond. Reasons cited for this project include the poor provision of car parking at Shrewsbury's current only railway station and the lack of a park and ride site to serve visitors to the town from the east, who presently need to use Meole Brace in the south or Harlescott in the north of the town. Another proposed station is at Harlescott in the north of the town - a recent masterplan drawn up for the area includes the potential provision of a halt near to Harlescott Crossing. As well as the poor provision of car parking previously mentioned, the town's geographic location in a tight meander of the River Severn, combined with the one-way systems for motor traffic in the town (particularly the need to go under the low and congested Cross Street arch bridge), make the station difficult and time-consuming to reach by car from many parts of the town. Indeed from many locations in southern Shrewsbury, eg Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury College on London Road and the Sutton Farm area, it often actually takes less time to drive to Telford Central railway station, along the fast A5 and M54, than to Shrewsbury station. A traction maintenance depot was built in 2008 in Shrewsbury for the basing of locomotives for the ERTMS testing on the Cambrian Line.


Welsh Marches Line towards Hereford Preceding station National Rail Following station Church Stretton Arriva Trains Wales Welsh Marches Line Yorton Arriva Trains Wales South-North Wales Gobowen Arriva Trains Wales Heart of Wales Line Terminus Newport Arriva Trains Wales North-South "Premier" service Crewe Wellington Arriva Trains Wales Cambrian Line Welshpool Arriva Trains Wales Chester to Birmingham Gobowen Wellington London Midland Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury Mondays-Saturdays only Terminus Historical railways Terminus Great Western Railway Shrewsbury to Chester Line Leaton Terminus Great Western Railway Severn Valley Railway Berrington Terminus Shrewsbury and Welshpool Railway Hanwood Line open, station closed


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