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Hednesford railway station

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Place  Hednesford
Station code  HNF
DfT category  F1
Number of platforms  2
Grid reference  SJ999124
Managed by  London Midland
2011/12  0.178 million
Local authority  Cannock Chase District
Hednesford railway station
Address  Hednesford, Cannock WS12 4FA, United Kingdom
Similar  Cannock railway station, Penkridge railway station, Rugeley Trent Valley rail, Rugeley Town railway st, Bloxwich North railway st

Hednesford railway station serves the town of Hednesford in Staffordshire, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Midland.

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History

The station was opened in 1859 on the Cannock Mineral Railway's line from Cannock to Rugeley Town and taken over by the London and North Western Railway a decade later (though the LNWR had worked the line from the outset). It closed to passengers on 18 January 1965 and to goods traffic on 6 September the same year as a result of the Beeching Axe, though the line that passed through remained in use for goods & mineral traffic, serving the power station at Rugeley and various local collieries.

The station reopened in 1989 by British Rail, as the terminus of the first stage of the reopening of the Chase Line from Walsall to passenger trains. At first, there was just a single platform (the current Walsall-bound one); however when services were extended to Rugeley Town in 1997, a second platform was added.

The station has undergone improvements with the fitting of a live information system and card ticket machines, completed in April 2010. The Penalty fare scheme operates at the station (and has done since late 2009), so passengers must buy a ticket or permit to travel from the machines at the station to avoid paying the £20 surcharge. A minor extension to Platform One was completed in October 2012. The route through the station will be resignalled & electrified in the next few years - the signalling work is due for completion in August 2013 (with the signal box here one of those scheduled to close) and electrification will follow by December 2017.

Services

Service frequencies vary. On weekdays there are typically two trains per hour to Walsall and Birmingham at peak times and one train per hour during the off peak period and in the evenings. There are two trains per hour throughout the day on Saturdays with an hourly evening service. Trains operate between Birmingham New Street and Rugeley Trent Valley where connections to Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe are available.

On Sundays there is an hourly service throughout the day after 10am. Most services are operated by Class 170 diesel trains and journey times are typically 21 minutes to Walsall and 45 minutes to Birmingham New Street. A small number of services to/from Birmingham New Street or Walsall start or terminate here.

References

Hednesford railway station Wikipedia


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