List of Largest Towns in England Without A Railway Station
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List of Largest Towns in England Without A Railway Station

This is a list of towns in England that do not have any sort of rail service. Services taken into account include National Rail, and tram and metro services such as the Manchester Metrolink or the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Town Population (2011 census) Railway station closed Notes
Dudley 79,379[1] 1964[2] Work began in January 2020 on a £449 million extension to the West Midlands Metro tram system. It will extend from Wednesbury south west the 6.8 miles (10.9 km) to Dudley on the formation of the old South Staffordshire line.[3]
Gosport[a] 71,529[4] 1953[5]
Newcastle-under-Lyme 75,082[6] 1964[7]
Washington 67,085 1964 The town previously had a station on what is now the mothballed Leamside line. It has been the subject of many reopening proposals,[8] including being an extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro system.[9]
Waterlooville 64,350 N/A
Halesowen 58,135[10] 1958[11]
Leigh 52,855 1969[12]
West Bridgford[b] 45,509[13] N/A
Swadlincote 45,000[14] 1947[15] A reopening of the line between Burton on Trent and Leicester would see a station at Gresley, south of the town.[16]
Kingswood 40,734 N/A
Skelmersdale 34,455[17] 1963[18] Skelmersdale was designated as a 'new town' in 1961, with a focus on people owning cars. However, a proposal is being considered by the Lancashire County Council and is going through a GRIP 3 process.[19]
Canvey 38,170[20] N/A
Blyth 37,339[21] 1964[22] A proposal to reopen the freight-only Blyth and Tyne Railway to passengers has been mooted by SENRUG (South East Northumberland Rail User Group) and Northumberland County Council. If the line does reopen, a station would be built at Newsham (south west of Blyth) as the former Blyth Branch is not part of the reopening plans.[23]
Dunstable 36,253[24] 1965[25]
Coalville 34,575[26] 1964[27] Proposed for reopening on the line between Burton on Trent and Leicester.[16]
Abingdon-on-Thames 33,130[28] 1963[29]
Wisbech 31,573[30] 1968[31] A 2009 report stated that it was feasible to reopen the Bramley Line to March railway station for £12 million, as the line was extant but unused. Since then, little had been done and the cost had risen to an estimated £70 million by 2019.[32]
Rushden 29,501[33] 1969[34] Proposals have been put forward for Rushden Parkway railway station on the Midland Main Line, to the west of the town.
Willenhall 28,480[35][36] 1965[37] The railway station at Willenhall has been proposed for reopening by 2040. It is on a freight/diversionary line between Wolverhampton and Walsall/Tame Bridge railway stations.[38]
Ashington 27,670[39] 1964[40] A proposal to reopen the freight-only Blyth and Tyne Railway to passengers has been mooted by SENRUG (South East Northumberland Rail User Group) and Northumberland County Council.[23]
Witney 27,522[41] 1962[31]
Haverhill 27,041[42] 1967[43]
Aldridge 26,988[44][45] 1965[46] The railway station at Aldridge has been proposed for reopening by 2040. It is on a freight/diversionary line between Walsall and Water Orton railway stations.[38][47]
Ferndown 26,559[48] N/A
Woodley 25,932[49] N/A

Smaller towns that are not served by railway stations include Kingswinford in the West Midlands (pop. 25,191), Daventry in Northamptonshire (25,026), Portishead in Somerset (23,699), Clevedon in Somerset (21,282), Spennymoor in County Durham (19,816), Cirencester in Gloucestershire (19,076), Guisborough in North Yorkshire (17,777), Bideford in Devon (17,107) and Oswestry in Shropshire (17,105). As of 2020, there are plans afoot to reopen the stations at Portishead and Oswestry.

Notes

  1. ^ While Gosport does not have a railway station under its name, Portsmouth Harbour station is a short pedestrian ferry ride away.
  2. ^ The Nottingham Express Tram system serves three stops on the western edge of West Bridgford.

References

  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Dudley (Dudley) Built-up area sub division (E35000284)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Disused Stations: Dudley station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Harris, Nigel, ed. (12 February 2020). "Dudley Metro extension begins". Rail Magazine. No. 898. Peterborough: Bauer Media. p. 11. ISSN 0953-4563.
  4. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Gosport Built-up area sub division (E35001479)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Disused Stations: Gosport Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Newcastle-under-Lyme Built-up area sub division (E35001436)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ Quick, Michael (2019). "Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales; a Chronology" (PDF). rchs.org.uk. p. 297. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ Conner, Rachel (20 December 2017). "Questions raised over future of Leamside line". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Pickering, Graeme (25 March 2020). "Keeping Tyne & Wear moving". Rail Magazine. No. 901. Peterborough: Bauer Media. p. 47. ISSN 0953-4563.
  10. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Halesowen Built-up area sub division (E35000476)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Disused Stations: Halesowen Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ Quick, Michael (2019). "Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales; a Chronology" (PDF). rchs.org.uk. p. 249. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - West Bridgford Built-up area sub division (E35000901)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Swadlincote Built-up area sub division (E35001337)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ Quick, Michael (2019). "Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales; a Chronology" (PDF). rchs.org.uk. p. 387. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ a b Pickering, Graeme (April 2020). "Rail Reopening Schemes". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 166 no. 1, 429. Horncastle: Mortons Media. p. 39. ISSN 0033-8923.
  17. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Skelmersdale Built-up area sub division (E35001425)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "Disused Stations: Skelmersdale Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ Pickering, Graeme (April 2020). "Rail Reopening Schemes". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 166 no. 1, 429. Horncastle: Mortons Media. p. 41. ISSN 0033-8923.
  20. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Canvey Island Built-up area (E34004293)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Blyth (Northumberland) Built-up area (E34002074)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  22. ^ "Disused Stations:Blyth Station (2nd)". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ a b Pickering, Graeme (6 November 2019). "New targets for Northumberland". Rail Magazine. No. 891. Peterborough: Bauer Media. p. 46. ISSN 0953-4563.
  24. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Dunstable Parish (E04011941)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  25. ^ "Disused Stations: Dunstable Town Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  26. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Coalville Built-up area sub division (E35000934)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  27. ^ Quick, Michael (2019). "Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales; a Chronology" (PDF). rchs.org.uk. p. 123. Retrieved 2020.
  28. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Abingdon Parish (E04008187)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  29. ^ "Disused Stations: Abingdon Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  30. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Wisbech Built-up area sub division (E35000453)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  31. ^ a b Quick, Michael (2019). "Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales; a Chronology" (PDF). rchs.org.uk. p. 433. Retrieved 2020.
  32. ^ Johnston, Howard (28 August 2019). "Regional News (Anglia)". Rail Magazine. No. 886. Peterborough: Bauer Media. p. 11. ISSN 0953-4563.
  33. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Rushden Built-up area sub division (E35000811)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  34. ^ "Disused Stations: Rushden Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  35. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Willenhall North Ward (as of 2011) (E05001319)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  36. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Willenhall South Ward (as of 2011) (E05001320)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  37. ^ Quick, Michael (2019). "Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales; a Chronology" (PDF). rchs.org.uk. p. 429. Retrieved 2020.
  38. ^ a b Stephen, Paul (12 February 2020). "Mayor's £15bn plan for West Midlands rail". Rail Magazine. No. 898. Peterborough: Bauer Media. p. 11. ISSN 0953-4563.
  39. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Ashington (Northumberland) Built-up area (E34001445)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  40. ^ "Disused Stations:Ashington Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  41. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Witney Parish (E04008335)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  42. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Haverhill Built-up area (E34000327)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  43. ^ "Disused Stations: Haverhill Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  44. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Aldridge Central and South Ward (as of 2011) (E05001301)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  45. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Aldridge North and Walsall Wood Ward (as of 2011) (E05001302)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  46. ^ "Disused Stations: Sutton Park Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2020.
  47. ^ Padgett, David; Szwenk, John (2013). Bridge, Mike (ed.). Railway track diagrams. book 4, Midlands & North West (3 ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. 18. ISBN 978-0-9549866-7-4.
  48. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Ferndown Built-up area sub division (E35001246)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  49. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report - Woodley Parish (E04001243)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2020.

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